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Pete Medhurst previews this weekend's Army-Navy basketball tilts and offers up his mid-season all-American team.

This is a big weekend for Navy's basketball teams.

 

Army is in town. This is a game that the Navy men need to win to get some positive momentum going as we move deeper into league play. It's a game the women need to assure that they can defend the home floor after two overtime road wins.

 

Army is coming off a loss in men's play at American in double overtime. The Mids, though, could be boosted by some minutes from team captain, Matt Fannin, who hasn't played since hurting his knee in a loss to UMBC.  Fannin, who has done some limited conditioning work, will be dressed and may be a game-time decision.  Matt is the heart and soul of his team -- if he plays even limited minutes, look for the Mids to have some extra pep in their step.

 

On the women's side, new Army head coach Maggie Dixon has done as good a job as you could hope for, getting the job as late as she did. Army is talented and young as many of its best performances have come from sophomores and freshmen of late and they boast a handful of kids from Maryland.

 

However, Navy's women have answered the bell resoundingly after getting trounced on its home floor by Bucknell.  The Mids responded with two wins on the road, in overtime, and had a week off.  Hopefully that can be a recipe for success as the Mids host Army on Saturday at Alumni Hall. After watching Courtney Davidson get overlooked time after time by the league in years past, it's nice to see Navy's Lauren Skrel get some recognition as the women's player-of-the-week. She was awesome in road wins down the stretch for the Mids.

 

PATRIOT LEAGUE:

 

Look at the women's standings. I told you they would be a season-long log jam. Winning on the road will be the biggest factor and Navy and Holy Cross got key road wins last week among the expected contenders, with HC winning at Bucknell and Navy winning at Lehigh.

 

On the men's side, this is the Bucknell Invitational until someone beats them. They throttled HC's offense, holding the Crusaders to just 42 points in a win at Lewisburg last week.

 

MID-MAJORS:

 

George Mason, Air Force, Winthrop, Akron, Northern Iowa, and Iona are teams you don't want to see in your bracket if you are a three-seed or lower in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Did anyone see what Air Force did to UTAH?!? It was like men amongst boys.

 

NATIONALLY:

 

N.C. State gave another solid effort, but it just wasn't enough to dethrone the Dukies for now.

 

Indiana got a nice win over Illinois, and Mr. Killingsworth, is proving to be a solid one year wonder. A definite all-American candidate

 

PETE'S FIRST HALF ALL-AMERICAN TEAM:

 

J.J. Redick - Duke

Adam Morrison - Gonzaga

Randy Foye - Villanova

P.J. Tucker - Texas

Marco Killingsworth - Indiana

 

Comeback team of the first half:

 

It's a tie. Missouri had the tickets purchased for Quinn Snyder's exit. He has since won big game after big game and now Mizzou is right behind Texas in the Big 12.

 

Also, West Virginia's Mountaineers were left for dead early. Now they lead the Big East, which isn't proving to be so tough with Louisville and Cincinnati suffering injuries and some of the newcomers playing up and down.  However, UCONN is still the team to beat at MSG.


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