Feb. 28, 2014
Army vs. Lafayette Game Notes
Date: Mar. 1, 2014
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Lafayette leads, 39-26
Streak: Army W3
The Last Meeting: Army 85, at Lafayette 66 (1/2/14)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast Saturday’s game.
Web: Saturday’s game can be viewed free of charge at www.patriotleague.tv. An audio stream of Rich DeMarco’s play-by-play can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
G - #55 Tanner Omlid (Fr., 6-3, 215, 5.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 17.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (So., 6-6, 205, 4.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 8.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
► Army plays its final regular season game Saturday afternoon versus Lafayette. The Black Knights are going for their second straight sweep of the Leopards after an 85-66 win in Easton on Jan. 2.
► The Black Knights’ Patriot League quarterfinal fate has already been determined. Army will be the No. 5 seed and travel to fourth-seeded Bucknell on Wednesday. It is the fifth time in the last nine years Army has faced the Bison in the postseason.
► Saturday’s game marks the final home game for Army’s lone senior, Josh Herbeck. Herbeck is one of the most prolific three-point shooters in the history of Army basketball. He ranks fifth on the Black Knights’ career three-point list with 197. His career accuracy rate of 38.0 percent is 10th on the Army list. His 113 three-pointers through his first two seasons were more than any Army player through their freshman and sophomore campaigns. Herbeck’s 75 three-pointers in 2011-12 stand sixth on Army’s single-season ledger.
► Army has lost their last two games to the top two seeds by a combined five points. The Black Knights’ comeback from a 23-point deficit fell just short in a 58-54 loss at American, while a video review waived nullified the game-winning basket just after the buzzer in a 71-70 loss to Boston University.
► Kevin Ferguson scored a career-high 20 points and completed his second career double-double with 10 rebounds against the Terriers. He matched his own Academy record with six blocked shots. Ferguson has made 21 of his last 24 field goal tries, including an 8-for-10 effort against BU. Ferguson has reached double figures in each of the last three games. In that span, he is 19-for-21 (.905) from the field and is averaging 16.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots.
► Ferguson’s six rejections against Boston University made him the first Army player to reach the 100 mark for their career. Ferguson also extended his season record to 69 blocked shots.
► Plebe Tanner Omlid had eight points, seven rebounds and two steals against BU. He moved into sole possession of second place on the Black Knights’ single-season steals ledger and extended his Army plebe record to 54 swipes. He is just two short of breaking the mark of 55 currently held by Josh Miller.
► Kyle Wilson scored 15 points on Wednesday to post the 20th 500-point season in Army history. Wilson is second in the Patriot League at 17.9 points per game overall and leads the conference at 17.6 points during league play.
A WIN OVER LAFAYETTE WOULD …
► Give the Black Knights their second straight season sweep of the Leopards.
► Extend the program record to 10 Patriot League wins and assure Army’s second straight winning record in league play, a first in program history.
► Snap a four-game losing streak in regular-season finales.
► Even the Black Knights’ home record at 7-7.
► Mark the first time Army won at least 14 games in consecutive seaons since 2006-07 and 2007-08.
► Be head coach Zach Spiker’s 67th win at West Point, the fifth most by an Army coach.
► Be Spiker’s school record 30th Patriot League win.
THE ARMY-LAFAYETTE SERIES
► The Leopards lead the all-time series, 39-26. Since Patriot League play began in 1990-91, Lafayette has won 31 of the 48 meetings.
► Army has won three in a row in the series, sweeping both of last year’s games and winning this season’s first match up.
► The two teams have split the last six games down the middle.
► Army has lost eight of the last 11 games at the Kirby Sports Center, but have won four of the last seven games at Christl Arena.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1926 (Army, 44-9)
All-Time Record: Lafayette leads, 39-26
At West Point: Lafayette leads, 15-13 (since 1972)
At Lafayette: Lafayette leads, 23-7 (since 1972)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Jan. 2, 2014 (85-66 at Lafayette)
Last Lafayette Win: Feb. 8, 2012 (90-74 at Army)
Series Streak: Army W3
Largest Army Margin: +35 (44-9, 1926)
Largest Lafayette Margin: +36 (76-40, 1/14/04)
► Fran O’Hanlon is the longest-tenured coach in the Patriot League with 19 seasons at the helm of the Leopards. The 1970 Villanova graduate has won three league titles and has taken the Leopards to the NCAA Tournament twice.
► The Leopards enter the regular-season finale in seventh place in the Patriot League standings. Lafayette can still avoid Monday’s first round.
► After a 4-16 start, mostly without the services of leading scorer Seth Hinrichs, Lafayette has won six of its last eight games. The Leopards had a four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night with a loss at Colgate. Nick Lindner led the team with 24 points, followed by 19 points from Dan Trist. Those two were 17-for-25 from the field, while the rest of the team was 10-for-33.
► Hinrichs has played in 18 games, scoring a team-high 16.1 points per contest. Trist (13.0), Bryce Scott (11.7), Joey Ptasinski (11.3) and Lindner (10.8) are all scoring in double figures.
► The Leopards are among the top three-point shooting teams in the league. Ptasinski has made 72 triples and is hitting 44.7 percent from deep. He is third in the league in percentage and No. 1 with 2.6 made per game.
► Twelve of Army’s 17 Patriot League games have been decided by single-digits.
► Army’s last 15 games have been decided by a total of 107 points (7.1/game). There have been 57 ties and 103 lead changes in those games.
► The Black Knights are 5-8 in games decided by seven points or less this season, including 5-5 in Patriot League play.
UP NEXT …
Army will be the No. 5 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and travel to fourth-seeded Bucknell on Wednesday, March 5. The Black Knights and Bison split the season series with both teams winning on their home floor. It will be the fifth time in the last nine years that Army and Bucknell will face off in the postseason. The Bison have won the four previous meetings.