Nov. 22, 2013
Army vs. Notre Dame Game Notes
Date: Nov. 24, 2013
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Notre Dame, Ind.
Venue: Purcell Pavilion
Series: UND leads, 8-0
Streak: Notre Dame W8
The Last Meeting: at Notre Dame 88, Army 47 (12/21/06)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Notre Dame 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 Sunday's game.
Web: Sunday's game is being streamed live by ESPN3. The direct link for the game is --
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, 8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
G - #14 Matt Gramling (So., 6-3, 190, 5.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 17.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (So., 6-6, 205, 5.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 8.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
► Army is back on the road Sunday afternoon when it travels to Notre Dame. While it will be the Black Knights' third game away from West Point, Sunday's contest will be their first true road game. Army played two neutral games, facing Air Force and The Citadel at VMI in the All-Military Classic.
► The Black Knights have lost their last two games to NJIT and Delaware, both home defeats. Kyle Wilson averaged 20.0 points per game during Army's homestand, scoring a career-high 26 against the Highlanders and 14 points versus the Blue Hens. Dylan Cox matched his career high with 14 points against Delaware, while Kevin Ferguson added 14 points and 11 rebounds, his first career double-double.
► The Army offense is averaging 77.8 points per game in the early going. The Black Knights have scored at least 68 points in every game, posting 84 in a win over The Citadel and 85 in a four-point loss to NJIT. Army's offensive output has come despite struggling from three-point range. The Black Knights are shooting just 26.7 percent from deep (36-135). Army has shot at least 35.5 percent from deep in each of the last three seasons, posting the only three 200-plus three-point seasons in Academy history. Army is shooting 62.0 percent from inside the three-point line (72-116).
► The Black Knights have utilized a balanced attack on the offensive end. Wilson is the only Army player in double figures at 17.5 points per game, but he is one of eight players scoring at least 5.3 points per contest. Wilson leads the team with at least 10 points in all four games. Five players have scored in double figures at least once, including freshman Tanner Omlid who has done it twice in his first four collegiate games. Omlid led Army with 18 in his collegiate debut and scored 11 points versus Delaware.
► Army started five sophomores versus the Blue Hens. Six of the seven players who have started at least once this season are members of the Class of 2016. That group has accounted for 66 percent of the team's points and 71 percent of its rebounds.
► Ferguson has blocked four shots in three of the first four games. In only 35 career games, he already ranks sixth on Army's all-time blocked shots list with 48. He set the season record with 35 as a plebe.
A WIN OVER NOTRE DAME WOULD ...
► Be Army's first win against the Fighting Irish (0-8).
► Improve Army's November record to 16-13 since 2009-10.
► Snap Army's two-game losing streak.
► Be Army's fifth win in its last seven road games.
► Mark Army's first win against a team currently competing in the ACC, Big East, American Athletic Conference, SEC, Big Ten, Big XII or Pac-12 since an 81-79 win over Seton Hall in the ECAC Metropolitan playoffs on March 2, 1978 (0-48 since).
► Be head coach Zach Spiker's 55th victory at West Point (54-70), tying him for seventh on Army's all-time wins list.
THE ARMY-NOTRE DAME SERIES
► Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Army, 8-0. The hardwood rivalry dates back to the Feb. 28, 1931, a 26-25 Fighting Irish victory at West Point.
► Army and Notre Dame met in the first round of the 1968 NIT. The Fighting Irish scored a 62-58 win in New York City en route to a third-place finish.
► The last three meetings have all been played at Notre Dame. Army's last trip to South Bend was an 88-47 loss on Dec. 21, 2006
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Feb. 28, 1931 (UND, 26-25)
All-Time Record: Notre Dame leads, 8-0
At West Point: Notre Dame leads, 2-0
At Notre Dame: Notre Dame leads, 5-0
At Neutral Site: Notre Dame leads, 1-0
Last Army Win: ---
Last UND Win: Dec. 21, 2006 (88-47 at UND)
Series Streak: Notre Dame W8
Largest Army Margin: ---
Largest UND Margin: +41 (88-47; 12/21/06)
ABOUT NOTRE DAME
► Notre Dame is led by 14th-year head coach Mike Brey. Prior to taking over the Fighting Irish, Brey was the head coach at Delaware from 1995-2000 and served as an assistant at Duke from 1987-95.He has posted a winning percentage of better than 66 percent in South Bend, guiding the Irish to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and four NIT berths in his first 13 seasons.
► Notre Dame is in its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Fighting Irish played in the Big East Conference from 1995-2013. Notre Dame returns four starters and nine monogram winners from last year's team that went 25-10.
► The Fighting Irish won two of their first three games heading into a Friday showdown with Santa Clara. The Army game is the fifth in a six-game season-opening homestand. Notre Dame defeated Miami (Ohio) and Stetson before fallling to Indiana State.
► Notre Dame has three players scoring in double figures led by Jerian Grant's 19.3 points per game average. Pat Connaughton and Eric Atkins are next on the list at 12.3 and 12.0 points per game, respectively. Connaughton is the team's top rebounder (7.0) and leads the team with nine three-pointers (9-16).
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
► Dating back to 2008-09, Army has posted a 33-12 record when allowing foes less than 63 points.
► The Black Knights are 10-63 in their last 73 games when giving up at least 70 points. The Black Knights have lost 38 of their last 40 games when allowing 80-or-more points.
► In its last 53 losses, Army has allowed an average of 75.5 points per game. In its last 37 victories, Army has given up just 63.2 points per game.
UP NEXT ...
The Black Knights have nearly a week off before returning home to face Houston Baptist on Nov. 30. Army won the first meeting between the two schools, 95-86, last season in Houston.