Nov. 22, 2013
UMBC (2-3) at Navy (2-3)
Saturday, November 23, 2013 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
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Saturday's Game Basics
Navy (2-3) will host UMBC (2-3) on Saturday at Alumni Hall at 7:00 PM in the first of three straight home games. Free live video of the game will be streamed online on the Patriot League Network with Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary on the call. The game will also be aired on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in the Annapolis area.
Navy will play UMBC twice this season with the teams meeting in Baltimore on December 30. This is the second straight season Navy has had a home-and-home with a non-conference opponent. The Mids split the season series with IPFW last winter.
Meet the Mids Night presented by Annapolis area Chick-fil-A, Naval Bagels and Papa John's - The first 100 kids in attendance receive a FREE Navy Basketball T-Shirt. Post-game autograph session with the team!
Bring Your `A' Game - All kids ages 18 and under get in FREE when they show an `A' on their report card or graded assignment at the Alumni Hall Ticket Window!
Fans without Department of Defense clearance must park outside of the U.S. Naval Academy grounds. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5. Buses will run every 15 minutes starting one hour before each game and will continue running throughout the game.
Navy is coming off a 67-42 loss at ACC-member Virginia on Tuesday evening.
Navy is embarking on a three-game homestand after playing four of its first five games of the season on the road.
Prior to the Virginia game, Navy had won two straight against Goucher (98-47) and Binghamton (68-50). The Mids did not trail in either win.
Junior guard Brandon Venturini
led Navy with 15 points against Virginia and hit four three pointers.
Venturini took over the team lead in scoring with his performance against Virginia and is averaging 10.8 points.
Sophomore center Will Kelly
is second on the team in scoring with 9.0 points. He leads Navy with 5.8 rebounds per game.
Kelly had a double-double against Saint Francis U with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Navy has been very strong on the defensive end this season and is leading the Patriot League in scoring defense (59.2).
Navy is also first in the conference in rebounds per game (37.4) and rebounding margin (+4.0).
Navy has used the same starting lineup in each of the first five games with Tilman Dunbar
, Brandon Venturini
, Kendall Knorr
, Worth Smith
and Will Kelly
Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 310 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,308-967 (.575).
UMBC (2-3) has tied an NCAA record by playing in four straight overtime contests.
UMBC most recently fell to Loyola, 89-83, in overtime on Wednesday.
The Retrievers had previously defeated Mount St. Mary's in overtime, 90-84, lost to American in overtime, 63-61, and beat Division III Eastern (Pa.) in overtime, 84-79.
Rodney Elliott leads the team with 15.6 points per game and Malik Garner is second with 15.2. Elliot also leads the team with 3.8 assists per game.
Chase Plummer is averaging 11.8 points and 8.0 rebounds. Devarick Houston is also averaging 8.0 rebounds.
UMBC is averaging 75.8 points per game and is allowing 82.2 points per game.
Head coach Aki Thomas is in his second season at UMBC.
UMBC was 8-23 last season and tied for seventh in the America East with a 5-11 conference mark.
Series History vs. UMBC
Navy leads the all-time series, 8-4.
The series began in 1978 and Navy won the first three games.
The teams last met in 2006 with UMBC picking up a 95-82 win.
Navy is 6-3 against UMBC at home.
Navy is 15-11 against teams that are currently in the America East Conference.
Navy will play a home-and-home against UMBC this season. The Mids will play in Baltimore on Dec. 30 in its final non-conference game of the season.
Navy will next play its second of three-straight home games on Tuesday, November 26 against University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Navy is 5-4 all-time against UMES and the teams met six straight times from the 2006-07 to 2011-12 seasons before taking a year off last winter.