The snowpocalypse of 2016 may have caused the men’s basketball contest between Navy and Army to be postponed, but you cannot keep a good game down.
The clash that was originally scheduled for a January 23 date at Madison Square Garden will now instead be played as a true home game for Army. This will still be the 2016 Army-Navy Star Game, but instead of the spectacle of the Garden it will be played on Monday February 1 at Christl Arena in West Point, New York.
It was very important that this game got played, but the result of the postponement does see the schedule tighten up for Army. The Black Knights will travel to Lewisburg, PA, on Saturday January 30 to face Bucknell, before racing home to take on Navy in the rescheduled game 48 hours later. This is followed by another quick turnaround for a road game against Lafayette in Easton, PA, on Wednesday February 3.
The movement of the game away from MSG is a footnote in this story but it is an unfortunate situation. "They knocked on our door with about four minutes left in the women's game and the Army AD said that they had to cancel the game because of the state of emergency in New York," Navy men's coach Ed DeChellis told The Associated Press. "I felt so bad for my kids who had the once in a lifetime chance to play here."
Of the two teams the reschedule clearly favors Army more than Navy. Not only will Army not have this as a true home game, but the Black Knights will have time to get a little bit healthier. The status of leading scorer Tanner Plomb and leading rebounder Kevin Ferguson is still up in the air, but neither would have been able to go if the game had been played on Saturday. Now, with another week and a half to get their knee and ankle fixed respectively, it will be interesting to see if either, or both, can make it back into the lineup. If they are good to go then expect to see the contest play out in a very different fashion to how it would have if the snow hadn’t arrived.