The Citadel (0-1) vs. Army (0-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 12th, 8:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Clune Arena (5,858) -- USAFA, Colorado. Television: None. Home Record: The Citadel 0-0, Army 0-0. Away Record: The Citadel 0-0, Army 0-1. Neutral Record: The Citadel 0-1, Army 0-0. Conference Record: The Citadel 0-0, Army 0-0. Series Record: The Citadel leads, 5-2.
GAME NOTES: The third-place game of the inaugural All-Military Classic pits the Army Black Knights against The Citadel Bulldogs tonight at Clune Arena in Colorado.
The Citadel had a tough matchup in the season opener on Friday night and came close to pulling off a minor upset, but simply couldn't keep up with the Keydets of VMI in the final seconds of a 103-100 decision. As for the Black Knights, they actually led at the half against host Air Force in their outing, but in the second half they just couldn't keep up with the hot-shooting Falcons in what turned into an 87-71 setback.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, the Bulldogs hold a 5-2 edge over Army. The teams have not faced each other since the 2006-07 campaign when the Black Knights captured a 63-55 win.
This tournament will be hosted by each team involved over its four-year existence, with The Citadel next on the list to welcome the other academies in 2012.
The Bulldogs were paced by Mike Groselle who recorded a double-double consisting of 25 points and 11 rebounds as he shot 9-of-12 from the floor on Friday night, but it simply was not enough as The Citadel absorbed the three- point loss to VMI. Lawrence Miller accounted for 14 points off the bench after hitting 4-of-5 behind the three-point line, Barry Smith and Ashton Moore accounted for 12 points apiece and Marshall Harris III dropped in 11 points and handed out nine assists in the losing effort. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 15 times, which isn't all that bad given the frantic pace at which the Keydets like to run their outings. The Citadel ended up shooting an impressive 52.3 percent from the field nonetheless and managed to hold VMI, one of the most prolific three-point shooting teams in the nation again last season, to just 7-of-26 behind the arc.
The Black Knights were paced by Ella Ellis who tallied 17 points and pulled down six rebounds, although he was also charged with six turnovers as Army fell in the 16-point decision to Air Force on Friday. Julian Simmons delivered 16 points and Mo Williams added 15 off the bench in the setback. Simmons ended up making all five of his free-throw chances in the meeting, but at the same time he shot just 4-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-11 behind the three- point line. As a team, the Knights connected on just 39.7 percent from the field and a dismal 6-of-29 behind the three-point line, all while turning the ball over 24 times. Perhaps most difficult to handle was the fact that Army was beaten on the glass, 39-26, by a program that has been notoriously weak on the glass for several years and had a rebounding deficit of six per game just last season.
If the Bulldogs can play with the same sort of intensity that they did last night the odds are on their side that they can come up with a win before heading home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: The Citadel 82, Army 75
11/12 10:45:18 ET