For the past three years it has been Army, not Holy Cross, not Bucknell and not anyone else that has held us back from reaching our goal of being named PL Champions – losing, as we did, in quarter-final round games to the Black Knights by the scores of:
46-47 on 2/28/07
61-64 on 3/5/08
50-53 on 3/4/09
And now this, courtesy of Army Athletic Commission………
WEST POINT, N.Y. – After picking up two victories last week to improve to 7-2, the Army men’s basketball team received one vote in this week’s Associated Press Top 25. The Black Knights are one of 30 teams listed as also receiving votes.
Army is off to its best start since a 9-2 beginning to the 2006-07 season. After losing their season opener at VMI, the Black Knights ripped off five straight wins before suffering their second loss. Army has responded with two straight road victories Fairleigh Dickinson and Dartmouth. The Black Knights boast a 4-0 record at Christl Arena and have won three of their five road games to start the season.
First-year head coach Zach Spiker is the first Army coach to record seven wins in the first nine games of his West Point career since Tates Locke began his tenure with a 10-2 mark.
Army has the week off for term-ending exams before starting a quick two-game homestand before winter break begins. The Black Knights host Mount Saint Vincent on Saturday at 4 p.m. and New Hampshire on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.
Army leads the Patriot League and ranks 19th in the nation in scoring defense at 57.8 points per game.
I’m sure this story did not go unnoticed by our four seniors and co-captains – guys with one last chance to be name champions: Hall, Carrington, Buchberger, and Shamis.
It’s a long season and, in fact, one that hasn’t even begun. But, you might want to keep a couple of dates in mind:
Sunday, January 17th – LU @ Army
Saturday, February 13th – Army @ LU
Army (9-2 but 8-2 in D-I) keeps moving up in the rankings. Sagarin now ranks them @ 116 while Pomeroy has them @ 140. Pomeroy goes on to predicts a 22-6 (11-3 and 1st Place finish in the PL). While their SOS is questionable @ 335 (Sagarin), their experience factor (Pomeroy) is without a doubt a contributing factor to their early season success. Below you’ll see the 8 PL teams ranked by years experience. The number that follows is their (national ranking).
Army 2.46 (10)
Navy 1.96 (84)
LC 1.82 (136)
HC 1.63 (196)
CU 1.57 (212)
LU 1.55 (217)
BU 1.44 (258)
AU 1.00 (328)