Mids Return Home For First Time in 28 Days to Face Longwood
Dec. 29, 2008
NAVY (8-4) vs. LONGWOOD (6-7)
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:00 pm (ET)
Annapolis, Md. Alumni Hall (5,710)
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM); SIRIUS (Channel 126)
Radio Talent: Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary
Live Video: www.NavySports.com (All-Access Only)
Tickets: 1-800-US4-NAVY or available at game
Navy's Gameday Facts
Navy returns to Alumni Hall for the first time in 28 days with Tuesday, Dec. 30, with a contest against Longwood beginning at 7:00 pm. The game will be broadcast on WNAV (1430 AM) with Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary calling all the action, beginning at 6:45 pm. The contest will be streamed online as part of the Navy All-Access package at www.navysports.com.
Navy is looking for its ninth win of the season before New Year's Day for just the fourth time in school history. Navy also won nine games before the calendar turned in the 2006-07 (9-5), 1998-99 (9-3) and 1983-84 (9-2) seasons.
Navy concluded its season-long five-game road trip with a 2-3 record. The Mids defeated Penn and Mount St. Mary's and lost to Virginia Tech, Canisius and No. 18-ranked Villanova.
Navy is looking to remain undefeated at Alumni Hall, as it currently holds a 5-0 record in the facility. Navy has won all five of its home games this year by an average of 12.6 ppg. With wins over Longwood on Tuesday and Wofford on Jan. 2, Navy can complete its first unblemished non-conference record in Alumni Hall.
In addition, Navy has won seven straight non-conference home games, dating back to last year. Navy has won nine of its last 10 non-conference home games, dating back to last year. Eight of the nine wins have come by double digits.
Navy continues to lead the Patriot League in scoring (73.6 ppg). The Mids have led the league in scoring in three of the four years under head coach Billy Lange.
After embarking on a seven-game win streak from Nov. 16 - Dec. 5, Navy has lost three of its last four games.
Only three teams (Villanova, Virginia Tech and Towson) have scored more than 70 points against Navy in regulation time only. Two others (William & Mary and Radford) neeeded overtime to reach 70 points. In addition, no team has shot over 50.0 percent against the Mids and five teams have been under 40.0 percent, including two of the last three opponents.
Navy is averaging just 65.5 ppg in the last two outings and have been held to 68 points or less in three straight games. In the first nine games of the season, Navy had been held to 68 or fewer points just twice.
A Navy Win Would...
end Navy's season-long two-game losing streak.
give Navy nine wins before New Year's Day for just the fourth time ever (2006-07, 1998-99 and 1983-84 seasons).
improve Navy to 6-0 all-time against Longwood. A win would give Navy its longest-active winning streak over an opponent at six games. The current longest-active winning streak is against both Longwood and Harvard (five games).
push Navy's home record to 6-0, and give Navy a chance on Friday night to wrap up its first-ever perfect non-conference home record. A win would give Navy its eighth straight non-conference road win.
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