Nov. 27, 2012
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IPFW (4-3) at Navy (3-4)
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710) | 7:00 PM (ET)
All-Access Video: NavySports.com ($9.95 / month)
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM / www.wnav.com)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst (play-by-play), Michael Heary (analyst)
Tickets: 1-800-US4-NAVY / NavySports.com
Series: First Meeting
DOLLAR CONCESSION SPECIALS -- Select items at the concessions stands will only be $1.
All fans without a Department of Defense sticker affixed to their vehicle will need to either park outside of the Naval Academy and walk through the security checkpoint or else ride the free shuttle bus to and from the matches. The shuttle bus will originate from and return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (parking is $5 per vehicle).
Season-ticket holders are able to park on The Yard, as they should have received a pass from the Naval Academy for entry onto campus.
Wednesday's Game Basics
Navy (3-4) returns home after a grueling four-game, eight-day roadtrip when it hosts IPFW (4-3) on Wednesday night in Alumni Hall at 7:00 PM (ET). The contest will be available on the radio dial on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com) with Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary providing the call courtside. It will also be streamed online as part of the Navy All-Access platform ($9.95 / month) and live stats and Twitter (@NavyAthletics) updates will be available. All links are available on NavySports.com(.)
IPFW enters Wednesday's game with a 4-3 overall record and winners of two games in a row. IPFW's wins have come against Rochester (73-56), Texas-Pan American (97-94; 3 ot), Judson (92-22) and Dartmouth (70-66) with the losses coming to Auburn (61-50), Eastern Michigan (60-47) and Eastern Illinois (68-67).
The Mastadons (a large, extinct, elephantlike mammal) are led by Frank Gaines and Mario Hines. Gaines ranks 33rd in the country in scoring at 20.7 ppg while Hines contributes 10.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg. The duo has scored 217 of IPFW's 496 points this year.
IPFW will likely start three juniors and two seniors and four of the team's top four scorers are seniors or juniors. Coach Tony Jasick may also start Isaiah McCray, a sophomore from Baltimore that has started three games this year.
As a team, IPFW is outscoring its foes by almost 10 points per game and outrebounding its opponents by 8.4 rebounds per contest, a mark that ranks 36th nationally.
Wednesday's game marks the first meeting between the two teams. It will actually be the first of two meetings this year between the Midshipmen and Mastadons as Navy visits Fort Wayne on Jan. 2, 2013.
Ed DeChellis is 1-0 against IPFW, having defeated the Mastadons, 74-59, on Dec. 28, 2005, while at Penn State.
It is the second contest all-time against a current member of the Summit League. Navy defeated Western Illinois, 80-74, on December 8, 1984. David Robinson scored 37 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the win over the Leathernecks.
The contest also marks the first time since the 1979-80 season that Navy will face an opponent from the Hoosier State. Navy has faced just Butler (1-1), Notre Dame (1-7) and Valparaiso (0-2) from the state of Indiana. Navy is 2-10 all-time against the state of Indiana.
DeChellis Wins No. 225
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis won his 225th career game on Saturday, when the Midshipmen defeated Delaware State, 63-53, in the consolation bracket of the South Padre Island Invitational.
DeChellis, who has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at all three stops (East Tennessee State, Penn State, Navy), owns a 225-261 career record.
DeChellis will coach his 500th career game on Saturday, Jan. 26, when the Midshipmen host Colgate.
Recapping the South Padre Island Invitational
Navy went 1-3 during the four-game South Padre Island Invitational, falling to UAB (82-63), TCU (47-45) and Prairie View A&M (42-40), before topping Delaware State (63-53) in the finale.
In the loss to UAB, the Blazers used a 18-3 run over the last six minutes of the first half to take a 45-25 halftime advantage and cruise to a 82-63 decision. Outside of that six-minute span, Navy played the Blazers relatively even.
In the 47-45 loss to TCU, Brandon Venturini's three-pointer at the buzzer went in and out and Navy went scoreless for a six-minute stretch late in the second half that ultimately did in the Midshipmen. Navy was just 3-of-11 from the free throw line.
Navy then dropped its second straight two-point game with a 42-40 setback to Prairie View A&M on Friday. The Midshipmen scored just three points in the game's final eight minutes after leading by as many as 12 early in the second half.
The Midshipmen matched last season's win total on Saturday with a 63-53 win over a Delaware State squad that was picked second in the MEAC. Brandon Venturini hit three straight three-pointers to open the second half for a 44-20 lead and the margin never dipped below 10 points in the final 29 minutes of the contest.
Post-Tournament Notes From Padre
Navy's 82 combined points vs. Prairie View A&M were the second-fewest combined points in a game since 1951-52. The 2004 contest against Army (W, 43-37) sits in first place.
Navy's 92 combined points vs. TCU are the eighth-fewest combined points in a game since 1951-52.
Navy's 40 points against Prairie View A&M were the sixth fewest in a game since 1951-52, and the fewest at a neutral site in school history. It was the fewest points in a game for Navy since Feb. 15, 2007, vs. Holy Cross.
Prairie View A&M's 42 points were the fewest for an opponent in a win since Columbia defeated Navy, 40-37, on March 2, 1948.
Navy's 15 points allowed in the first half against Prairie View A&M were the fewest allowed in a half since Lehigh scored 14 on Jan. 23, 1999.
Prairie View A&M's 42 points were the fewest by a D-I opponent since Army scored 37 on Feb. 28, 2004.
Navy's 13 made field goals against Prairie View A&M were tied for the sixth fewest in school history. No Navy player made more than two field goals in the contest.
Navy's 27.3 free throw percentage against TCU was the seventh-lowest free throw percentage in school history.
Navy's three free throws made against TCU were tied for the ninth fewest in a game in school history.
Navy held TCU and Prairie View A&M to 47 points or less. It marks the first time since Jan. 14-18, 1950, that Navy held two straight D-I foes under 47 points (Princeton - 37; Columbia - 45).
Navy has held three straight opponents to under 54 points or less for the second time this year. The last time it happened just once before this season came in Feb. 14-26, 2000 (four games).
Navy lost twice this past week when holding opponents to 49 or fewer points. Navy lost to TCU, 47-45, and to Prairie View A&M, 42-40. It marked the first time since Jan. 2, 1996 against Harvard that Navy lost when holding its opponents to 49 points or less.
With its two-point setbacks by TCU and Prairie View A&M, Navy played in consecutive games determined by two or fewer points for the first time since Feb. 14-20, 2004 (losses to Bucknell and Colgate).
Mids Getting It Done Without Fouling
Navy was whistled for just eight fouls in the win over Delaware State on Sunday. That amount tied for the second fewest in a game in school history, just behind the 1986-87 team, which was whistled for seven fouls in a win over Utica on Nov. 28, 1986.
It's the fewest amount of fouls in a game since that contest and was tied with two other occurrences.
Navy ranks second in the Patriot League and is 38th nationally in fewest personal fouls per game (15.0).
Stout First-Half Defense
No one will mistake Navy's match-up zone with Syracuse's, but its hard to imagine it performing any better than it has lately.
In the last two first halves against Prairie View A&M and Delaware State, Navy has held its foes to just 35 combined points while shooting 13-of-55 (.236) from the field and 2-of-25 (.080) from three-point range.
Navy has also committed just eight fouls during that span and outrebounded its foes by a combined 44-38 margin.
Department of Defense
Yes, we know it is early, but Navy has put up some pretty good numbers on the defensive end, showing a new commitment to that side of the ball.
The Midshipmen lead the Patriot League in scoring defense (54.0 ppg), three-point percentage defense (.195) and steals per game (7.4), while ranking second in field goal percentage defense (.384) and turnover margin (+2.00).
Navy has held six of its first seven opponents to 54 or fewer points and three to 48 points or less.
Just one Navy opponent, UAB, has managed to score more than 60 points this year.
Navy ranks 18th in the country in scoring defense (through Sunday's games; official NCAA statistics released on Monday).
Opponents Struggle From Deep
Navy is limiting its opponents to make just 19.5 percent of its three-point attempts to rank second nationally in three-point percentage defense through Sunday's games.
Freshman Class Gives Spark
Navy's freshmen class has been a big reason for Navy's strong start this year.
The group has scored 172 points (24.6 ppg), grabbed 64 rebounds (9.1 rpg) and dished out 37 assists (5.3 apg) against 34 turnovers for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.09 in 507 minutes (83.9 mpg).
The 172 points accounts for 42.0 percent of Navy's scoring this year and the class is on pace for 763 points (31-game schedule), which would rank it as the highest-scoring freshman class in school history (2010-11 freshmen scored 762 points).
As a whole, the group is shooting 62-of-153 (.405) from the field and 15-of-42 (.357) from three-point range.
The group boasts the second (Dunbar), sixth (Knorr), eighth (Guglielmo) and 10th (Alexander) ranked scorers among freshmen in the Patriot League.
With no one superstar on the roster, Navy may have to resort to a more-balanced attack in 2012-13. That seems to suit the Midshipmen just fine as seven different players are averaging between 4.5 and 10.6 points per game. On the rebounding front, seven players average between 2.6 and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Seven different players have already led the team in rebounding this year.
Taking Care of the Ball
Navy has turned the ball over just 85 times this year, averaging 12.1 turnovers per game. Navy is on pace to shatter the school record for fewest turnovers per game, set during the 1986-87 season (13.4 per game).
Navy ranks 69th nationally in turnovers per game and its turnover rate of 17.4 percent is 70th nationally.
On the flipside, Navy's opponent turnover rate of 21.0 percent ranks 124th nationally.
Can't Close The Deal
Navy lost a pair of leads during the last week, falling to TCU (47-45) and Prairie View A&M (42-40) as part of the South Padre Island Invitational. The two losses drop the Midshipmen to 0-7 under Coach DeChellis in games decided by three or fewer points. Navy is just 2-16 in games decided by single digits, but 4-14 in games decided by double figures.
Playing With The Lead
During Navy's two-game swing in South Padre, the Midshipmen trailed for just three minutes, 30 seconds out of a possible 80 minutes, yet posted just a 1-1 record. Navy led for a total of 71:22 during the contests against Prairie View A&M and Delaware State.
Navy has led for more than half the game (20 minutes) in five of its seven games this year and at least 15 minutes in six of them. The lone exception was UAB (led for 0:00).
Navy's bench has played outstanding all year long and has given head coach Ed DeChellis outstanding production.
The group is averaging 21.3 points per game, 15.6 rebounds per game and is shooting 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from three-point range in 575 minutes (82.1 mpg).
Leading the way is a trio of freshmen in Kendall Knorr (4.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg), Phil Guglielmo (4.5 ppg; 5-of-11 from 3) and Jerome Alexander (4.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg).
# GO NAVY #