Dec. 27, 2012
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Albany (9-3) at Navy (6-7)
Friday, December 22, 2012 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
Streaming Video: Navy All-Access
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst (play-by-play), Michael Heary (analyst)
Tickets: 1-800-US4-NAVY / available at Alumni Hall ticket window
Series: Albany leads, 1-0
Bring your 'A' Game -- All kids ages 14 and under receive FREE admission to the game by showing an 'A' grade on their report card or graded assignment at the Alumni Hall Ticket Office.
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.
Navy (6-7) wraps up its non-conference home schedule on Friday night (Dec. 28) as the University of Albany (9-3) comes to Alumni Hall for a 7:00 PM tip-off. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Alumni Hall ticket window prior to the game.
Navy enters the contest with a 6-7 overall record and is looking to avoid its second straight loss for the first time since Nov. 18-23 (three straight losses). Navy has alternated wins and losses in each of its last six games. Navy is 4-2 at Alumni Hall this year having outscored its opponents by a 61.3 to 52.8 points per game margin. Just two teams (Bryant and Northern Kentucky) have managed to score 55 points against Navy at Alumni Hall this season.
Navy is paced by freshman Tilman Dunbar, who leads the team in points (10.8 ppg) and assists (5.5 apg). Brandon Venturini (9.2 ppg), Worth Smith (8.7) and Kendall Knorr (7.2 ppg) all contribute at least 7.0 points per game. Nine regulars are shooting over 42.0 percent for the Midshipmen, which is also averaging just 12.0 turnovers per game.
Albany has had an impressive start to the 2012-13 season, bolting out to a 9-3 overall record and a No. 24 spot in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 rankings. The Great Danes own victories over Washington, Siena, Colgate, Wagner and Duquesne among others. Albany did lose to Quinnipiac in its last outing on Dec. 21, but owns a 4-1 mark in true road games this year.
The Great Danes are paced by senior guard Mike Black, who was nominated for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard and averages 17.2 points per game while making 40.7 percent of his three-point attempts. Jacob Iati gives the Danes a solid 1-2 punch, averaging 15.3 points per game while connecting on 47.2 percent (42-of-89) of his three-ptrs.
As a team, Albany is shooting 44.8 percent from the field and outscoring foes 67.2 to 63.7. The Great Danes are are making almost 40.0 percent of their three-pointers (89-of-223; .399).
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis is in his second year at Navy, owning a 9-33 record in Annapolis. He has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at East Tennessee State, Penn State and now Navy, owning a 228-264 career record in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach. He will coach his 500th career game on January 26, 2013, vs. Colgate.
Will Brown is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach, all coming at Albany, boasting a 157-183 career record. Brown led the Great Danes to the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Tournaments, winning 44 games during those two seasons and earning a No. 13 seed for the 2007 NCAA Tournament. His teams have won at least 15 games five times during his tenure.
... Navy is 0-1 against Albany, losing last year's meeting on the day after Thanksgiving in Albany.
... Navy is just 9-18 all-time on December 28, but hasn't played on this date since 2002.
... Navy is 153-128 all-time against the state of New York. Navy's earlier win against Binghamton this year stopped a seven-game losing streak against the Empire State.
... Navy is 14-12 (.538) all-time against the America East, having won its last meeting against the conference (Binghamton earlier this year).
... Ed DeChellis is 7-3 all-time against current members of the America East. He has not faced Boston U. and Vermont.
A Navy Win Would...
... even Navy's record at 7-7 for the season.
... wrap up Navy's non-conference home record at 5-2, its best non-conference home mark since 2009-10 (5-2).
... be Navy's first over Albany in series history.
... help Navy avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since Nov. 18-23 (three straight losses).
... allow Navy to end a calendar year with a win for the first time since 2009-10 (Coppin State).
# GO NAVY #