The Navy men’s basketball team is off on its travels again on Saturday afternoon, but by now the MIds know they have nothing to fear when playing on someone else’s court. Navy will be trying for its eleventh road win of the season at Lafayette and is 10-2 (a school record for road wins in a season) in true road games this year. The Mids handled the Leopards comfortably in an 87-61 beat down in mid-January and will be looking for another win to keep the pressure on Bucknell at the head of the Patriot League standings.
Here is a look ahead at the three keys for the Mids to pick up another road win:
1. Keep Tilman Dunbar hot
Tilman Dunbar has always been a solid scorer, but over the last six games he has been a dominant one. On Wednesday against Loyola Dunbar has 20 points and six assists and he is on a career high six-game streak of scoring in double figures. Over that stretch Dunbar has averaged 17.3 points per game and this consistent scoring mixed with the high level defense the Mids play makes Navy a very difficult team to beat. Dunbar is on one of those streaks where he feels like every shot he takes is going to drop NBA Jam style into the bucket. Keeping this scoring streak going into the Patriot League Tournament would be huge for Navy.
2. The best against the worst
Statistically this game shouldn’t be all that close. Navy leads the Patriot League (and is 14th in the NCAA) in scoring defense allowing just 62.5 points per game. Lafayette on the other hand is last in the Patriot League in scoring defense (and also last in the league standings) giving up 81.8 points per game. If Navy plays the lock down defense that has become the hallmark of this Ed DeChellis team then the Mids will have enough offense to win. Along with Dunbar look for a big game from Will Kelly who went for 17 points the last time the two schools met.