Ella Ellis leads the Black Knights in scoring (16.5 ppg).
Feb. 15, 2013
Date: Feb. 16, 2013
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Annapolis, Md.
Venue: Alumni Hall
Series: Navy leads, 72-45
Streak: Navy W1
Last Meeting: Jan. 20, 2013 (Navy 59, at Army 50)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Television: CBS Sports Network will broadcast Saturday's game to a national audience. Bob Socci (play-by-play) and Chris Spatola (analyst) will have the call.
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Navy game. The game will 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: An audio 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 meets its arch rival for the second time this season when it travels to Annapolis on Saturday. The Mids won the first meeting of the season at West Point.
► The Alumni Trophy is on the line this weekend when Army and Navy square off. The Black Knights currently hold the hardware after last season's Star Game victory. Army has not won the Star Game in back-to-back seasons since a three-game run from 1976-78. The Black Knights have now won a Star on Navy's home court since 1992.
► The Black Knights are coming off an 85-68 win at Lafayette that completed a season sweep of the Leopards for the first time since 2009. Freshman Kyle Wilson posted his sixth 20-point effort of the season with a game-high 24 points. Senior Ella Ellis also reached the 20-point mark, while plebe Kyle Toth added 14 markers. Army shot 55.6 percent while limiting the Leopards to 39.1 percent from the field.
► Army's win on Wednesday was its second straight victory on the road (Jan. 30 at Holy Cross). Since joining the Patriot League in 1990-91, Army has not won three straight road games versus conference opponents. The Black Knights have now won back-to-back games in Annapolis since a five-game winning streak in alternating years between the 1964-65 and 1972-73 seasons.
► Wilson and Ellis are both on the precipice of climbing Army record lists. Wilson has scored 321 points this season, the seventh most in Academy history. He is just two points shy of passing Randy Cozzens for sixth place and 14 points short of moving past Kevin Houston into the top five. Ellis has 1,436 points, just nine away from passing Jarell Brown for eighth place all-time at West Point.
► Army boasts three rookies that lead the crop of Patriot League freshmen in different statistical categories. Wilson's 13.4 overall average and 15.4 conference scoring average are tops among league rookies. Dylan Cox leads Patriot League freshmen with 5.5 rebounds per game overall and 5.9 boards per game in Patriot League play. Cox also leads all players with a 4.4 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference action. Kevin Ferguson leads all Patriot League freshmen with an Army plebe record 23 blocked shots.
► Army has started at least two freshmen in ever game this season, at least three rookies in 19 straight games, at least four in the last five games and five freshmen three times.
A WIN OVER NAVY WOULD ...
► Send the Alumni Trophy to West Point for the third time in four years.
► Be Army's third straight Patriot League road win, a program first.
► Be the first time Army has won back-to-back Star Games since a three game run from 1976-78.
► Be the first time Army won the Star Game in Annapolis since 1992.
► Split the season series with Navy for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker's 49th win at West Point (48-65; fourth season).
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 8.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg -- Averaging 10.5 points in his 18 starts)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg -- Leads PL with 4.4 A/TO during league play)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 16.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg -- Ranks 9th on Army career scoring list (1,436))
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (Fr., 6-4, 190, 13.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg -- Six games with at least 20 points)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (Fr., 6-10, 200, 2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg -- Army rookie record 23 blocked shots)
THE ARMY-NAVY SERIES
► Saturday's meeting is the 118th all-time between the rivals since first game in 1920. Navy leads the series, 72-45.
► The Mids captured the first game of the season series at West Point. Army has won at least one game against Navy in eight of the last nine seasons. The Black Knights won both meetings last season. It was Army's first season sweep since 1991-92.
► 11 of the last 15 meetings have been decided by eight points or less, including Army's 69-63 double-overtime win at Christl Arena last season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1920 (Navy, 24-18)
All-Time Record: Navy leads, 72-45
At West Point: Navy leads, 30-27
At Annapolis: Navy leads, 41-17
At Neutral Site: Tied, 1-1
Last Army Win: Feb. 11, 2012 (69-63, 2OT at Army)
Last Navy Win: Jan. 20, 2013 (59-50 at Army)
Series Streak: Navy W1
Largest Army Margin: +24 (80-56, 2/28/70)
Largest Navy Margin: +30 (93-63, 12/23/85)
► Ed DeChellis is in his second 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 East Tennessee State.
► The Mids have lost six straight games since defeating Army on Jan. 20. Navy is coming off a 66-57 loss at Holy Cross Tuesday night. Worth Smith and Brandon Venturini led the team with 19 and 14 points, respectively. Smith just missed a double-double with eight rebounds.
► Smith is the Mids' leading scorer at 10.5 points per game, including a 12.3 mark in Patriot League play. He is also the team' sleading rebounder with 5.9 boards per contest. Tilman Dunbar and Venturini are close to double figures at 9.8 points and 9.0 points, respectively.
► Venturini is tied for second in the Patriot League with 2.7 three-pointers per game.
UP NEXT ...
Army welcomes Colgate to Christl Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Black Knights will try to avenge a 93-90 overtime loss in Hamilton on Jan. 23.