Navy Men's Basketball Faces Big 12 Member TCU on Tuesday Night
Nov. 19, 2012
Wednesday's Game Basics
Navy (2-2) looks for its first road win of the season on Wednesday night, as it travels to the Lone Star State for the second game of the South Padre Invitational. The Mids head to Fort Worth to face Big 12 member TCU (3-1), beginning at 7:00 PM (ET) at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest (in Annapolis; Verizon FIOS - 300; Comcast - 720). Pete Medhurst will handle the Navy radio call on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com), WFED (1500 AM) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Channel 92). Live stats will be provided on NavySports.com and as always, fans can receive Twitter updates on Twitter.com (@NavyAthletics).
Navy And The Big 12
Navy's contest with TCU marks the third straight year Navy will have faced an opponent from the Big 12. The Midshipmen opened the 2010-11 season in the 2KSports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in Austin against Texas (83-52 loss).
Last year, Navy traveled to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri on Dec. 10, falling to the Tigers, 84-59.
Navy is 8-11 all-time against the Big 12. Prior to all the conference realignment (TCU & West Virginia admission, Missouri & Texas A&M leaving), Navy was 1-8 after last year.
Navy will be looking for its first win against a team currently in the Big 12 since a 78-76 overtime win over Baylor on Dec. 30, 1970. Since then, Navy has lost six straight games against the conference.
Navy hasn't defeated a team currently in a BCS Conference since Nov. 26, 1996, a 60-49 win over Pittsburgh.
The Mids have lost 21 straight games against BCS teams since that win over the Panthers.
Tuesday's game marks the second meeting between the two teams as TCU defeated Navy, 67-65, in Dallas on Dec. 28, 1956.
Navy is just 6-16 all-time against the state of Texas, having played seven teams from the Lone Star State. Navy's wins have come over Baylor (1), Rice (2), SMU (2) and Texas-San Antonio (1).
The Midshipmen are 1-3 all-time on November 20, falling to Louisiana Tech most recently in the 2010-11 season.
UAB Post-Game Notes
UAB used an 18-3 run late in the first half to blow open a tight game and cruise to an 82-63 decision over Navy in the opening game of the South Padre Invitational on Sunday in Birmingham.
The Blazers led 27-22 before an 18-3 burst over the last six minutes of the first half gave UAB a 20-point halftime cushion.
UAB outscored Navy in the paint, 48-16, turned Navy's 19 turnovers into 29 points and used 15 offensive rebounds to score 20 second-chance points as the Blazers crushed Navy in the paint. Navy was outrebounded, 47-27, the largest negative margin of the Ed DeChellis era
Sophomore Brandon Venturini led Navy with 13 points, but was forced to leave for the last 12 minutes after suffering a nasty cut on his left eye that required a dermabond skin adhesive. Venturini scored nine of his points in the first half, all on three-pointers.
Freshman Phil Guglielmo came off the bench and scored his first career points with 12. Guglielmo played 18 minutes and went 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-4 from three-point range. He was 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Freshman Tilman Dunbar recorded his third straight double-figure scoring game with 12 points and four assists.
Navy shot just 35.1 percent against the Blazers and actually shot better from three-point range (38.9 pct.) compared to inside the arc (33.3 pct.).
Navy played the contest without regulars Isaiah Roberts (5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and Jerome Alexander (6.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg). The duo was suspended for one game for a violation of team rules.
Navy Team Notes For TCU Game
With its next win, Navy will match last year's win total (3-26).
Navy's minus-20 rebound margin against UAB was the lowest of the DeChellis era.
Navy's 19 turnovers were a season high. Navy had 18 turnovers in the previous two games combined against Siena and Binghamton.
Navy is still just averaging 13.0 turnovers per game, which at its current pace, would be the lowest per game average in school history.
In Ed DeChellis' 33 games at Navy, UAB became just the third team (Missouri, Bucknell, UAB) to score 80 points against the Midshipmen.
Navy had held three straight foes under 55 points for the first time since Feb. 2000 (entering the UAB game).
Navy has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field just once In the last 31 games (vs. Bucknell In last year's Patriot League Tournament).
Navy has started the same lineup in all four games this year. Last year, Navy used 17 different lineups and just two of them started at least four games.
Navy's bench is averaging 25.3 points per game, 17.0 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists per game in 87.0 minutes per game. The group is shooting 35-of-84 (.417) from the field and 12-of-31 (.387) from three-point range for the season.
Navy owns a 1.00 assist-to-tuirnover ratio (52-to-52) and is looking to have an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00 for the season for the first time since 1996-97.
Navy has nine players averaging between 4.0 and 12.3 ppg, and six players averaging between 2.8 and 5.8 rpg.
Navy's backcourt players scored 54 of 63 points against UAB.
Eleven players are averaging at least 8.3 minutes per game.
Navy freshmen have scored 108 points (27.0 ppg) after scoring 27 of Navy's 63 points on Sunday against UAB. The group has accounted for five of Navy's 10 double-figure scoring games so far this year. The group accounts for 41.2 percent of Navy's pts.
Navy ranks 11th In the country (vs. D-I foes only) In three-point percentage defense (.191 overall; .175 vs. D-I foes).
Navy Individual Notes For TCU Game
Tilman Dunbar leads the Patriot League in assists per game (6.8) and ranks 22nd nationally. He is third nationally among freshmen (FDU's Sekou Harris -- 1 game, 8.0 APG; Xavier's Semoj Christon -- 2 games, 7.0 apg).
Dunbar's 11 assists against Binghamton are the 11th most by a player in the country this season and ties for the most by a Navy freshman in school history.
Dunbar is one of three freshmen nationally to average 12.0 ppg and 6.0 apg (Northwestern State's Jalan West; Arizona State's Jahii Carson).
Brandon Venturini is averaging 8.3 ppg and has two double-figure scoring games. He had three all of last year.
Venturini was 2-of-17 from the field and 0-of-10 from three-pt. range in the previous two games (Siena, Binghamton), but went 5-of-12 from the field and 3-of-8 from three-pt. range vs. UAB.
Phil Guglielmo had played four minutes and scored no points in the first three games of the season, but tallied 12 points in 18 minutes against UAB.
Kevin Alter scored a career-high six points in just nine minutes against UAB. He connected on a free throw and has started his career by making his first nine free throw attempts (9-of-9 for his career).
Navy's two centers (Jared Smoot and Will Kelly) are shooting a combined 10-of-19 from the field and are averaging 6.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg in 34.0 minutes per game.
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