Feb. 26, 2013
Army vs. Holy Cross Notes
Date: Feb. 27, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Holy Cross leads, 57-18
Streak: Army W1
Last Meeting: Jan. 30, 2013 (Army 80, at Holy Cross 66)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the Holy Cross game.
Web: An audio and video stream will be available at www.goARMYsports.com. A live video stream is available via Patriot League All-Access on patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply at both web sites.
► Army plays its final regular season home game Wednesday night when it welcomes the Holy Cross Crusaders. Prior to the game, seniors Ella Ellis, Jason Pancoe and Jordan Springer will be honored for their committment and contributions to Army basketball.
► The Black Knights have won four straight games to improve to 7-5 in Patriot League play. It is the most conference victories for the program since joining the league in 1990-91. The four-game winning streak also marks the team's most consecutive Patriot League victories.
► Army enters the final week of the regular season in fourth place and in control of its own destiny to host a Patriot League quarterfinal game. An Army win or a Colgate loss (vs. Lafayette) would clinch at least the fourth seed and a postseason game on the banks of the Hudson. The Black Knights still have a chance to finish anywhere between second and fifth in the Patriot League standings (see below). Army's highest Patriot League finish was fourth place in 2009.
► The Black Knights have won their last four games by an average of 11.5 points per game and are averaging 72.5 points per game in that span. Army is the No. 1 scoring offense during Patriot League play at 71.1 points per contest. They are the only team to average more than 70 points in conference action.
► Shooting accuracy and defense have keyed Army's recent surge. The Black Knights are shooting 50.5 percent overall and 47.2 percent from long range (42-89) in the last four games, while limiting foes to just 38.6 percent overall and 30.6 percent (26-85) from behind the three-point line. Army is also outrebounding its foes by an average of 6.5 per game in that span.
► Ellis is the Patriot League's second-leading scorer at 17.0 points per contest. His 1,497 points are the seventh most in Academy history, just 15 shy of moving into sixth place. No Army player has scored 1,500 points since Chris Spatola finished his career in 2002. Ellis has been a key player in Army's shooting success. He is 8-for-14 (.571) from long range in the last two games.
► Junior Josh Herbeck regained his shooting touch after missing 11 games with a foot injury. After shaking off the rust in his return against Bucknell, Herbeck is 11-for-18 (.611) during Army's winning streak. He has made seven of his last 10 three-point tries and is averaging 11.5 points in just an average of 17.5 minutes of playing time over the last two games.
A WIN OVER HOLY CROSS WOULD ...
► Extend Army's program record Patriot League winning streak to five games.
► Give Army its first season sweep of Holy Cross.
► Assure the Black Knights of their first winning record in Patriot League play.
► Be the Black Knights' first five-game winning streak since a five-game non-conference run in 2009-10.
► Clinch at least a fourth-place finish and secure a home game in the Patriot League quarterfinals.
► Put Army two games over .500 after 28 games for the first time since 1984-85.
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 8.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg -- Ranks 2nd on Army plebe 3-pt list (51))
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg -- PL's best A/TO during league play (3.8))
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 17.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg -- Needs 3 points to reach 1,500 for career)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (Fr., 6-4, 190, 13.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg -- Highest-scoring freshman in Patriot League)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (Fr., 6-10, 200, 2.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg -- Army rookie record 26 blocked shots)
THE ARMY-HOLY CROSS SERIES
► Holy Cross owns a 57-18 advantage in the all-time series with the Black Knights.
► The series has been much more even in recent seasons. Army is 4-7 since 2007-08, and has won at least one game in the series four times in the last six seasons. Army has won three of the last six road games against the Crusaders.
► The two teams have met at least twice each season since 1983-84. Prior to the formation of the Patriot League, both Army and Holy Cross competed in the MAAC. Army has never defeated the Crusaders twice in the same season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Feb. 22, 1926 (Army, 41-27)
All-Time Record: Holy Cross leads, 57-18
At West Point: Holy Cross leads, 21-13
At Holy Cross: Holy Cross leads, 32-3
At Neutral Site: Holy Cross leads, 3-0
Last Army Win: Jan. 25, 2012 (74-68 at West Point)
Last HC Win: Feb. 22, 2012 (82-51 at Holy Cross)
Series Streak: Holy Cross W1
Largest Army Margin: +21 (65-44, 12/17/66)
Largest HC Margin: +50 (88-38, 2/8/06)
ABOUT HOLY CROSS
► Milan Brown is in his third season as head coach at Holy Cross. Prior to his arrival in Worcester, Brown was the head coach at Mount St. Mary's for seven years.
► Holy Cross is coming off a 74-57 loss to first-place Bucknell last Sunday. Justin Burrell led the team with 16 points. Phil Beans and Cullen Hamilton added 15 and 10 points, respectively. Hamilton averaged 14.0 points in the Crusaders' two games last week and was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week.
► The Crusaders have lost three straight, including a pair of three-point losses to American and Lafayette. Holy Cross was the victim of a Daniel Munoz buzzer beater in overtime against the Eagles and a Tony Johnson three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left versus the Leopards.
► Dave Dudzinski leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Burrell is also averaging in double figures at 12.7 points per contest. Burrell (39), Beans (37) and Hamilton (35) have combined for 111 of the team's 177 three-pointers.
► With two games left in the regular season, Army can finish anywhere between second and fifth in the Patriot League standings.
The Last Meeting
January 30, 2013
Army Scores League Road Win At Holy Cross
Senior Ella Ellis scored 23 points and freshman Kyle Wilson added 21 markers to lead Army (10-11, 3-3 PL) to an 80-66 victory at Holy Cross (10-11, 3-3 PL) Wednesday night. The victory was the Black Knights' second straight and third in the last five games.
ARMY WILL FINISH NO. 2 IF ...
- The Black Knights win their two remaining games (Holy Cross, at Lehigh) AND Lafayette (at Colgate, American) loses its last two games AND Lehigh (Navy, Army) loses its two remaining games. (Army 9-5, Lafayette 8-6, Lehigh 8-6)
- The Black Knights win their two remaining games AND Lafayette loses one of its final two games. (Army 9-5, Lafayette 9-5, Lehigh 9-5; Army wins tiebreaker because of 3-1 record vs. other two teams)
- The Black Knights win their two remaining games AND Lafayette loses one of its final two games AND Lehigh loses its last two games. (Army 9-5, Lafayette 9-5, Lehigh 8-6; Army wins tiebreaker because of two wins versus Lafayette)
- The Black Knights lose versus Holy Cross, but defeat Lehigh AND Lafayette loses its last two games AND Lehigh loses its two remaining games. (Army 8-6, Lafayette 8-6, Lehigh 8-6; Army wins tiebreaker because of 3-1 record vs. other two teams)
ARMY WILL FINISH NO. 3 IF ...
- The Black Knights win their last two games AND Lafayette wins both of its two remaining games AND Lehigh loses its two remaining games. (Lafayette 10-4, Army 9-5, Lehigh 8-6)
- The Black Knights win their last two games AND Lafayette wins its last two games AND Bucknell loses (American, at Navy) one its last two games AND Lehigh loses its last two games. (Bucknell 11-3, Lafayette 10-4, Army 9-5, Lehigh 8-6).
- The Black Knights win their last two games AND Lafayette wins its last two games AND Bucknell loses its last two games AND Lehigh loses its last two games. (Bucknell 10-4, Lafayette 10-4, Army 9-5, Lehigh 8-6).
- The Black Knights win their last two games AND Lafayette loses its last two games. (Army 9-5, Lafayette 8-6).
- The Black Knights split their remaining two games AND Lafayette loses its last two games (Army 8-6, Lafayette 8-6; Army wins head-to-head tiebreaker
ARMY WILL FINISH NO. 4 IF ...
- The Black Knights win one of their last two games (Army 8-6, Colgate 7-7 at best) AND Lehigh wins one of its last two games AND Lafayette wins one of its last two games.
- Colgate (Lafayette, at Holy Cross) loses one if its last two games (Colgate 6-8 at best, Army 7-7 at worst)
- The Black Knights win both games AND Lehigh defeats Navy on Wednesday AND Lafayette wins both its remaining games. (Lafayette 10-4, Lehigh 9-5, Army 9-5; Lehigh wins tiebreaker with win over Bucknell)
- The Black Knights win both games AND Bucknell loses its last two games AND Lafayette wins its last two games AND Lehigh defeats Navy on Wednesday. (Bucknell 10-4, Lafayette 10-4, Lehigh 9-5, Army 9-5; Bucknell wins tiebreaker for No. 1 based on 3-1 record versus Army/Lehigh. Lehigh then wins tiebreaker with Army due to win over Bucknell)
- The Black Knights defeat Holy Cross, but lose to Lehigh AND Lafayette wins one of its remaining two games. (Lehigh either 10-4 or 9-5, Lafayette 10-4 or 9-5, Army 8-6).
ARMY WILL FINISH NO. 5 IF ...
- The Black Knights lose their last two games AND Colgate wins its last two games. (Army 7-7, Colgate 7-7; Colgate wins tiebreaker with victory over Lehigh)
UP NEXT ...
Army finishes the regular season on Saturday at Lehigh. The game will be broadcast live to a national television audience by CBS Sports Network. Lehigh won the first meeting of the season, 85-76, at West Point. Depending on several other outcomes, the game could help decide the final Patriot League Tournament seedings. Army can still finish between second and fifth place in the conference standings.