June 25, 2014
2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army men’s basketball program announced its non-conference schedule for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday. Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Zach Spiker, the Black Knights will host six non-league games, including two in the season-opening All-Military Classic.
Army will play five contests away from Christl Arena, two against NCAA Tournament participants from a season ago with trips to Duke and Delaware highlighting the calendar.
“We have a difficult non-conference schedule that will be a necessary challenge to prepare us for the rigors of the Patriot League season,” Spiker said. “Each day in practice and every game is a new opportunity to test ourselves as we continue to make progress toward our goal of a Patriot League championship. Having the ability to go up against high-caliber opponents that have been to the NCAA Tournament is critical for our development as a team.”
For the fourth straight year, the Black Knights begin the season against Air Force in the All-Military Classic, which features VMI and The Citadel and will be played at West Point for the first time. The two-day event begins on Nov. 14 with the Army-Air Force matchup and the Keydets squaring off against the Bulldogs. The winning and losing team of each matchup will meet on Nov. 15.
Consecutive road games against in-state foes greet Army as the team travels to New York City to face St. Francis Brooklyn on Nov. 19. Three days later Army will take on Hudson Valley rival Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The run of New York competition continues on Nov. 25 as Army welcomes Binghamton to Christl Arena prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Army has won the last three meetings between the two schools, which were played in three of the past four seasons.
Army closes November by visiting Duke on the 30th for the first meeting since 2002. After spending five years as the head coach at Army, Mike Krzyzewski ’69 left West Point for Durham, N.C. prior to the 1981 campaign. Army and Duke have met five times since Krzyzewski took over as the head coach at Duke, with four of the contests held at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Following the matchup with the Blue Devils, Army will go to Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. for a Dec. 3 tilt with the Blue Hens. Last season, Delaware handed Army an 89-74 defeat at West Point, before going on to claim the Colonial Athletic Association championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The first of three December home games is Dec. 9 against Bryant. Army holds a 5-1 record all-time against the Bulldogs, but Bryant took the last meeting in 2012.
A trip to the west coast for the first-ever tilt between the Black Knights and USC awaits Army on Dec. 13 and will be played at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Black Knights finish off the non-conference slate by entertaining Maine (Dec. 21) and Coast Guard (Dec. 28).
Army’s complete 18-game Patriot League schedule will be unveiled later in the summer.