Navy vs. Army: Full Game Preview

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Navy vs. Army: Full Game Preview
Navy
(6-12, 2-7 away)
Army
(8-9, 6-1 home)
Venue: Christl Arena
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, January 20, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Navy T Dunbar 10.7 W Smith 5.7 T Dunbar 5.3
Army E Ellis 17.6 D Cox 5.3 D Cox 2.7

Navy visits Christl Arena on Sunday to take on Army. Tip-off occurs at 12:00 EST and you can catch it on CBSSN. The Midshipmen are 4-4 against the Black Knights over the last four years. They lost 69-63 the last time they played (2/11/2012). Navy has lost six straight.

In their last game, Worth Smith put up 17 points and 5 rebounds in the Midshipmen 62-47 loss to Holy Cross on January 16th. An integral part of the team, he leads the way in rebounds (5.7), blocks (1.1), and steals (1.1). In a 77-54 blowout of Lafayette on January 16th, Ella Ellis put up 23 points for the Black Knights. With 17.6 points per game and 1.1 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Reviewing current performance metrics, Army has an edge in two significant categories. One concern is rebounding, where the Black Knights hold the advantage over the Midshipmen, 38 per game to 30 per game. In addition, Army has the edge in scoring, 73 points per game to 58 points per game.

However, the Midshipmen turn it over less, 11 per game to 15 per game.

Army StatSmack

  • The Navy assist leader (Tilman Dunbar) has more assists than the Army assist leader (Dylan Cox).
  • The Navy rebounding leader (Worth Smith) has more rebounds than the Army rebounding leader (Dylan Cox).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Navy has come back to win after being down at half against Army 6 times since 2002.
  • At least you keep showing up. Navy has an average margin of victory of 12 over Army in 45 wins since 1980.
  • Navy has a better scoring defense (57.2 allowed per game vs 69.8 allowed per game) than Army this season.
  • Maybe someday you'll play some real competition. Navy has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than Army this season (Projected SOS Rank: #224 vs #248).
  • It must sting. Navy has blown out Army by 20 points or more on 6 occasions since 1997.
  • The Navy blocks leader (Worth Smith) has more blocks than the Army blocks leader (Ella Ellis).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Navy currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (987 to 971) than Army, per the NCAA.
  • Brandon Venturini is ranked 6th in the Patriot in three-pointers and 7th in the Patriot in steals.
  • Navy has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.494 to 0.334).
NAVY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Tilman Dunbar 31 10 2 5 1 0 3
C Worth Smith 29 10 5 1 1 1 2
D+ B. Venturini 26 10 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Kendall Knorr 20 6 3 1 1 0 0
D Thurgood Wynn 17 5 3 1 1 0 1
D Isaiah Roberts 16 3 2 2 1 0 2
D James Loupos 17 3 2 0 0 0 1
D- Brennan Wyatt 9 2 1 2 0 0 1
D- Kevin Alter 6 3 1 0 0 0 0
D- Ryan Spadaford 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
D- Jared Smoot 12 2 3 0 0 0 1
D- Will Kelly 14 2 2 0 0 0 1
D- Phil Guglielmo 8 3 0 0 0 0 0
D- Earl McLaurin 2 1 1 0 0 0 1
F J. Alexander 10 3 1 0 0 0 1
ARMY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Ella Ellis 27 18 4 1 1 1 2
C Kyle Wilson 22 12 2 1 1 0 2
C Dylan Cox 22 6 5 3 1 0 3
C- Josh Herbeck 23 10 3 1 1 0 1
C- Kyle Toth 23 8 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Larry Toomey 17 5 3 2 1 0 2
D+ Jordan Springer 16 4 4 1 0 0 1
D Andrew Stire 15 5 2 1 0 0 1
D Chris Gramling 11 5 2 1 1 0 1
D Tanner Plomb 11 3 2 1 1 0 1
D C. Kincade 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Matt Gramling 12 2 2 1 1 0 1
D Kevin Ferguson 9 2 2 0 0 1 1
D Travis Rollo 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D M. Washington 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D- Sean Billerman 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Kyle Weldon 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
D- Maxwell Lenox 7 1 1 2 0 0 1
D- Mo Williams 9 1 1 1 0 0 1
F Zach Lord 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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