Army-Navy Rivalry Moves To The Hardwood

Tanner Plomb ranks sixth in the Patriot League at 16.7 ppg since conference play began.

Tanner Plomb ranks sixth in the Patriot League at 16.7 ppg since conference play began.

Jan. 10, 2014

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The Last Meeting
Army56
Navy55
February 16, 2013
Annapolis, Md.
Army Scores 56-55 Comeback Win At Navy
Army (12-13, 5-5 PL) trailed by seven points with 12:18 left, but used a 20-7 run over the next 10 minutes to take a six-point lead and hung on for a 56-55 win at Navy(7-19, 1-9 PL) Saturday afternoon in the annual Star Game. The Black Knights claimed the Alumni Trophy for the second straight year and the third time in the last four seasons.

Date: Jan. 11, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Annapolis, Md.
Venue: Alumni Hall
Capacity: 5,710
Series: Navy leads, 72-46
Streak: Army W1
The Last Meeting: Army 56, at Navy 55 (2/16/13)

ARMY ON THE AIR
Television: CBS Sports Network will broadcast Saturday’s game to a national audience. Jason Knapp (play-by-play), former Army standout Chris Spatola (analyst) and NBA legend Reggie Miller (analyst) will call the action from Alumni Hall.

Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Navy game. The game can be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play.

Web: The Army Sports Network audio can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.

ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #2 Mo Williams (Jr., 6-1, 185, 4.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 19.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 9.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 9.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg)

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► Army and Navy meet for the 119th time on the hardwood Saturday afternoon in Annapolis. The game will be broadcast live by CBS Sports Network. While the Mids own a commanding 72-46 all-time series lead, the last 20 meetings have been split down the middle with each team winning 10 times. The Black Knights and Mids have divided the season series eight times in those 10 years.
► The Black Knights are the hottest team in the Patriot League with four straight wins and seven victories in the last eight games. Army is at the .500 mark for the first time since starting the season 1-1. The Black Knights enter the weekend in a three-way tie with preseaosn favorite Boston University and American at 3-0 in Patriot League play.
► Army snapped a five-game losing streak versus Lehigh on Wednesday night with a 79-76 victory in Bethlehem. The Black Knights used a 15-3 second-half run to overcome a four-point deficit and hung on for the three-point victory. Kyle Wilson scored a game-high 23 points, including five free throws in the final minute. Army assisted on 27 of their 31 field goals, matching the Academy record set versus SUNY Purchase during the 2006-07 season.
► The Black Knights are going for their first ever 4-0 start in Patriot League play. Prior to this season, Army had never been 2-0 to start the Patriot League schedule.
► Wilson, Army’s leading scorer at 19.0 points per game, has scored 20-or-more eight times this season, already surpassing his total from his standout plebe season (7). Wilson is tied for the league lead, averaging 21.7 points per game in conference play.
Tanner Plomb has also stepped up his offensive game since the start of league play. He has reached double figures in all three games, the longest streak of his career, and his averaging 16.7 points per game. He ranks sixth in the conference in scoring during Patriot League games.
► Army has had six different players reach double figures in the last two games. Wilson, Plomb, Kevin Ferguson, Dylan Cox, Mo Williams and Larry Toomey have all had at least one game in double digits.
► Defensively, Kevin Ferguson’s 32 blocked shots are just three short of his own single-season record set last season. After only 45 career games, he needs only eight more rejections to become Army’s all-time leader.

THE ARMY-NAVY SERIES
► Saturday’s meeting is the 119th all-time between the rivals since first game in 1920. Navy leads the series, 72-46.
► The series is even at 10-10 over the last 10 seasons. The teams have split the series in eight of those years. Navy won both games in 2010-11, but Army returned the favor in 2011-12.
► Twelve of the last 16 meetings have been decided by eight points or less, including Army’s 56-55 win in Annapolis last season.
► Army has won the last two games at Alumni Hall. The Black Knights have not won three straight on Navy’s home floor since a five-game run between the 1964-65 and 1972-73 seasons.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1920 (Navy, 24-18)
All-Time Record: Navy leads, 72-46
At West Point: Navy leads, 30-27
At Annapolis: Navy leads, 41-18
At Neutral Site: Tied, 1-1
Last Army Win: Feb. 16, 2013 (56-55 at Navy)
Last Navy Win: Jan. 20, 2013 (59-50 at Army)
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +24 (80-56, 2/28/70)
Largest Navy Margin: +30 (93-63, 12/23/85)

ABOUT NAVY
► Ed DeChellis is in his third season on the Navy sideline. DeChellis previously served as the head coach at his alma mater, Penn State. He guided the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. The 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year also served as the head man at E. Tennessee State.
► The Mids started the season 5-3, but have lost four of their last five. Two of those losses have been in overtime.
► Navy is 5-0 at home this season. They are the only Patriot League team without a loss on their home court in 2013-14.
► The Mids’ Patriot League was a 79-71 decision versus Lafayette. Brandon Venturini scored 28, including an 8-for-9 showing from distance. Navy shot 51.1 percent overall and was 11-for-14 from deep. Last time out, they lost at Boston University, 55-32. The Mids’ shooting percentage dipped to 20.8 percent overall and 14.8 percent from behind the arc (4-27).
► Venturini is scoring 10.5 points per game, while Worth Smith is at 10.1 points per contest. Will Kelly paces the team with 5.5 rebounds per game. Navy averages 63.6 points per contest.

THREE-POINT STANCE
► Army took an Academy record 44 three-pointers against Air Force and has totaled 366 attempts, which ranked 22nd in the last NCAA report.
► The Black Knights shot just 26.7 percent from three-point range in the first seven games (56-210), losing six times in that span.
► Army has won six of its last seven games, shooting 39.1 percent from long range in that span (61-156). Kyle Wilson (.559), Tanner Plomb (.429), Josh Herbeck (.417) and Mo Williams (.400) are all at 40 percent or better in the last seven games.
► Since the start of 2009-10, Army has averaged 21.8 three-point attempts per game (2,924/134 games). The Black Knights are 16-26 in that span when taking at least 25 three-point shots.
► Army has averaged 250.7 three-pointers per season the last three years.

UP NEXT …
The Black Knights start a two-game homestand Wednesday night versus Holy Cross. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Army swept the Crusaders for the first time in program history last season.

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