Jan. 24, 2014
Army vs. American Game Notes
Date: Jan. 25, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: American leads, 22-6
Streak: Army W3
The Last Meeting: at Army 65, American 55 (3/6/14)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the American game.
Web: Saturday’s game can be viewed live at no charge on The Patriot League Network. The complete PLN schedule and link to view the web stream is located at www.patriotleague.tv. An audio stream featuring Rich DeMarco’s play-by-play can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #2 Mo Williams (Jr., 6-1, 185, 4.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 8.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 18.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (So., 6-6, 205, 5.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 8.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
► Army returns home for a key Patriot League match up when it hosts American Saturday afternoon. The Eagles are the lone unbeaten team in Patriot League play (7-0), while the Black Knights are tied for second place at 6-1.
► The Black Knights are off to their best conference start in program history and have already matched their second-highest conference win total of all-time. Army is 14-7 in Patriot League play since the start of last season and have won 11 of their last 13 regular-season games versus conference foes.
► Army is 4-1 in its last five home games. The Black Knights rebounded from its only home loss in that span with a 74-67 win against Bucknell in their last appearance at Christl Arena on Jan. 19.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 66-63 win at Colgate. It was the team’s fourth straight Patriot League road win, matching the program record set last season. In a back-and-forth game, Army led by eight in the first half, trailed by 11 in the second half, regained an eight-point advantage and trailed by one with 34 seconds remaining before Dylan Cox’s game-winning basket with 21 seconds to go. Kyle Wilson set the final margin with a pair of free throws with 4.5 seconds left. Josh Herbeck led the team with 16 points, including five three-pointers. Wilson scored all 15 of his points in the final 11:40, while Cox completed his second career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
► Kyle Wilson remains on top of Army’s scoring ledger at 18.8 points per game. He is averaging 19.6 points per contest in Patriot League play. Both averages rank second in the conference. Wilson has nine 20-point efforts this season, including a 28-point outburst in his last appearance at Christl Arena.
► Tanner Plomb returned from an illness that caused him to miss the Bucknell game to score four points in 15 minutes off the bench at Colgate. Despite his conference season low, he ranks third in the Patriot League at 16.3 points per contest in league games. Plomb is shooting 59.0 percent overall (36-61) and 50.0 percent (12-24) from three-point range against Patriot League opponents this season.
► Kevin Ferguson needs only one more blocked shot to break his own single-season Army record. Ferguson has rejected 35 shots in the first 18 games, matching his 31-game total from 2012-13. He needs only five more blocks to become the Black Knights’ all-time leader.
A WIN OVER AMERICAN WOULD …
► Move Army into a first-place tie in the Patriot League standings.
► Extend the Black Knights’ winning streak against the Eagles to four, the longest in program history.
► Be the Black Knights’ 10th win in their last 12 games.
► Be Army’s 12th win in its last 14 Patriot League regular-season outings.
► Put Army three games above the .500 mark for the first time this season.
► Be Army’s best eight-game start to Patriot League play (7-1) in school history.
► Put Army six games above the .500 mark in Patriot League play for the first time in Academy history.
► Mark the Black Knights’ second-highest conference win total in school history.
► Move head coach Zach Spiker into sole possession of fifth place on Army’s all-time victories list (64).
THE ARMY-AMERICAN SERIES
► American leads the all-time series with the Black Knights, 24-6. Army defeated the Eagles three times last season, sweeping the regular season series for the fIrst time and winning in the Patriot League quarterfinals.
► Army’s win at Bender Arena on Feb. 23, 2013 snapped a 14-game road losing streak versus the Eagles. It was Army’s first win in Washington, D.C. since the 1963-64 season.
► Army has won four of the last seven meetings at West Point, including two victories last season. The Black Knights scored a 65-44 win at home in the conference tournament last season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Dec. 23, 1963 (Army, 100-70)
All-Time Record: American leads, 24-6
At West Point: American leads, 9-4
At American: American leads, 14-2
At Neutral Site: American leads, 1-0
Last Army Win: Mar. 6, 2013 (65-44 at Army)
Last AU Win: Feb. 29 , 2012 (57-40 at American)
Series Streak: Army W3
Largest Army Margin: +30 (100-70, 12/23/63)
Largest American Margin: +35 (72-37, 1/21/05)
► Mike Brennan is in his first season as the head coach at American. Brennan spent the previous four seasons as an assistant at Georgetown. A former All-Ivy League player at Princeton, his coaching career includes a seven-year stint as an assistant at his alma mater. Brennan was also an assistant with the Eagles from 2007-09.
► American was predicted to finish ninth in the preseason Patriot League poll, but have vastly exceeded expectations. The Eagles have won eight straight games, including a 7-0 start to conference play.
► The Eagles are coming off an 86-56 thrashing of Boston University. Both teams entered the game 6-0 in converence action. AU had five players in double figures, led by 20 points from Jesse Reed. American shot 71.4 percent (30-42) for the game, including 11-for-14 (.786) from deep.
► American has had balanced scoring all season. Four players average double figures, including John Schoof’s team-high 12.9 points per contest. Reed is next at 12.7 points, while Tony Wroblicky and Darius Gardner are scoring 11.8 and 11.1 points per game, respectively. Wroblicky is the team’s top rebounder at 6.3 boards per contest.
► Six of Army’s seven Patriot League games have been decided by single-digits.
► Army’s last five games have been decided by a total of 17 points. There have been 27 ties and 44 lead changes in those five games.
► The Black Knights are 4-4 in games decided by seven points or less this season, including 4-1 in Patriot League play.
UP NEXT …
The Black Knights wrap up the first half of the Patriot League schedule on Wednesday when they travel to Boston University. It is the first time the two teams have met as league opponents.The Terriers lead the all-time series, 9-6. The last meeting was Dec. 2, 1994, a BU home victory. Both Army and BU enter Wednesday’s games with an identical 6-1 Patriot League record.