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Army West Point Black Knights basketball update

There was an article written in USA Today over the weekend about how college basketball has the least impactful opening couple of months in all of sports.

The article noted how the sport has a “soft” opening, with games in random locations and at random times just as the NFL is hitting its home stretch, college football conferences are being decided, and the NBA and NHL are opening up with big marketing pushes behind them. 

Amongst all this it is easy to see how college basketball gets lost. This sweeping generalization also applies to Army’s men’s basketball this season. 

The football team may not have had as good of a season as hoped, but the sport is still the king on campus. Even late into December, the specter of the Army-Navy gridiron tilt was the most important game in town. 

In truth, you would have to be a pretty high-level Army sports fan to even known that the Black Knights are 10-4 on the hardwood as conference season begins to pick up.

Army started the 2015-16 basketball season hot, winning its first three games over Ferrum, Binghamton, and Fairleigh Dickinson. At 3-0, the Black Knights faced a couple of huge tests on the road at George Washington and at Tennessee. Both of those games resulted in losses, but Army learned that no matter the quality of the opponent the Black Knights could score points as they poured in 81 against the Colonials and 80 against the Vols. Army also bounced back nicely from those defeats, winning five in a row to take the record from 3-2 on the season to 8-2.

The first conference game of the year saw Army defeat Lehigh on the road 88-82 before the Black Knights went down at home 84-76 to conference favorites Bucknell. Again this defeat was one that brought hope as the Black Knights were able to rattle in 76 points against a high-level team. No matter where Army finishes this basketball season the team is going to be fun to watch. Senior forward Tanner Plomb is averaging just under 22 points per game, with senior guard Kyle Wilson right behind him at just over 18 points per game. With those two on the court the Black Knights will be in every game the rest of the way and with football over people will finally get to see that this basketball team can do some damage as the season progresses.


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