Nov. 18, 2013
Army vs. Delaware Game Notes
Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Army leads, 13-1
Streak: Delaware W1
Last Year’s Result: at Delaware 59, Army 56 (12/8/87)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Delaware game. The game can be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play for Tuesday’s game.
Web: Tuesday night’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.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league_live. In addition, the Army Sports Network audio can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 6.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
G - #23 Josh Herbeck (Sr., 6-2, 192, 8.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 18.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 7.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
► Army wraps up its quick two-game homestand Tuesday night versus Delaware. Regular rivals in the first half of the 20th century, the Black Knights and Blue Hens have not met on the hardwood since Dec. 8, 1987. It is the Blue Hens’ first trip to West Point since Dec. 5, 1984.
► The Black Knights lost their home opener, 89-85, to NJIT. Army led by as many as 10 in the first half and were up by three with 3:25 to go, but the Highlanders used an 11-4 run to end the game and take the victory. The loss snapped Army’s five-game winning streak in home openers and marked just the sixth loss in the Black Knights’ last 27 home non-conference games. Army has lost back-to-back non-conference home games only once during Zach Spiker’s tenure at West Point.
► Sophomore forward Kyle Wilson poured in a career-high 26 points against NJIT. Wilson made a career-best four three-pointers against the Highlanders. It was his second straight 20-point effort. Wilson is the only Army player to have reached double figures in all three games and leads the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game. The reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Year averaged 13.0 points per game last season.
► The Army offense is averaging 79.0 points per game, the second-highest output in the Patriot League. The Black Knights averaged 72.4 points last season, the 10th best average in school history.
► While the Black Knights have posted some impressive offensive numbers, Army is trying to clamp down on the defensive end. The Black Knights are allowing an average of 79.0 points per game and have allowed at least that many in both their losses. Army is 33-12 in its last 45 games when giving up 62 points or less, but has lost 37 of its last 39 games when giving up at least 80 points.
► Army has played at least 11 players in all three games, utilizing 13 last time out against NJIT. The Black Knights have 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes per game and none more than 31.0 minutes per contest. Eight of the Black Knights’ top 11 players are underclassmen — six sophomores and two freshmen. Nine players are averaging at least 5.0 points per game.
A WIN OVER DELAWARE WOULD …
► Be Army’s 14th win in 15 games against the Blue Hens.
► Improve Army’s November record to 16-12 since 2009-10.
► Be Army’s ninth win in its last 11 non-conference home games.
► Even the Black Knights’ record at 2-2.
► Prevent Army from losing consecutive games for the first time this season.
► Be the Black Knights’ eighth win in their last 12 games dating back to last season.
► Be head coach Zach Spiker’s 55th victory at West Point (54-69), tying him for seventh on Army’s all-time wins list.
THE ARMY-DELAWARE SERIES
► Army leads the all-time series with Delaware, 13-1. The teams were regular rivals in the 1920s and 1930s. The first meeting was a 40-11 Army victory during the 1921-22 season.
► The Black Knights won the first 13 meetings before the Blue Hens broke through with a 59-56 home win on Dec. 8, 1987.
► That game, Army’s only trip to Delaware, was the last meeting on the hardwood. Tuesday’s game is Delaware’s first visit to West Point since Dec. 5, 1984.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1921-22 (Army, 40-11)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 13-1
At West Point: Army leads, 12-1
At Delaware: Delaware leads, 1-0
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Dec. 5, 1984 (71-63 at Army)
Last UD Win: Dec. 8, 1987 (59-56 at UD)
Series Streak: Delaware W1
Largest Army Margin: +30 (50-20; 1928)
Largest UD Margin: +3 (59-56; 12/8/87)
► The Blue Hens are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Montè Ross. Ross has posted a 91-133 record since taking the reins of the program. Prior to arriving at Delaware, Ross was an assistant for Phil Martelli at Saint Joseph’s for 10 seasons.
► Delaware opened the season with a pair of losses to Richmond and Charleston Southern by a total of four points. The Blue Hens are coming off a 90-79 vicotry at Hampton on Sunday. Jarvis Threatt (27) and Kyle Anderson (24) combined for 51 points in the victory.
► Sunday’s contest was the Blue Hens’ first without leading scorer Devon Saddler. Saddler was suspended for a month for a violation of team rules. Saddler is the Blue Hens’ second all-time leading scorer with more than 1,700 points.
► Delaware has scored 90-or-more points in each of the last two games. The Blue Hens are averaging 84.0 points per game while shooting 44.7 percent overall and 35.8 percent from three-point range.
► The Blue Hens have four active players scoring in double figures — Davon Usher (16.3), Threatt (15.7), Anderson (14.3) and Carl Baptiste (11.0). Usher is averaging 8.7 boards per game.
► The Black Knights have been able to make Christl Arena a tough place for visiting teams. Of Army’s 54 wins since the start of the 2009-10 season, 32 have come on the banks of the Hudson.
► Army is 32-23 overall at home in that span.
► The Black Knights have been particularly strong at home during non-conference play. Army is 21-6 at home versus non-Patriot League foes in the last five seasons. The Black Knights have not lost more than two non-conference home games since Zach Spiker’s arrival.
UP NEXT ...
Army goes back on the road next Sunday, traveling to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have won all eight meetings in the series. The two teams have not met since Dec. 21, 2006 when Notre Dame scored an 88-47 win at the Joyce Center.