Army Black Knights men's basketball

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Army Black Knights
2013–14 Army Black Knights men's basketball team
Army Black Knights athletic logo
University United States Military Academy
Conference Patriot League
Location West Point, NY
Head coach Zach Spiker (5th year)
Arena Christl Arena
(Capacity: 5,043)
Nickname Black Knight
Colors

Black and Gold

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1923

The Army Black Knights men's basketball team represents the United States Military Academy in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college basketball. Army currently competes as a member of the Patriot League and plays its home games at Christl Arena in West Point, New York.

Bob Knight, the one-time most successful men's basketball coach in NCAA history, began his head coaching career at Army from 1965 to 1971 before moving on to Indiana. One of Knight's players at Army was Mike Krzyzewski, who later was head coach at Army before moving on to Duke and is the most successful men's basketball coach in NCAA history.

Army has generally not done well on the court, partly due to West Point's strict academic and height requirements. The Black Knights are one of five original Division I teams in history to have never participated in the NCAA Tournament.[1] Army shares this dubious distinction with William & Mary, The Citadel, Northwestern, and St. Francis (NY). However, the Black Knights have played in the National Invitational Tournament 8 times,[2] and were named national champions by Premo-Porretta for 1923 and by the Helms Athletic Foundation for 1944.

Statistics[edit]

Postseason results[edit]

The Black Knights record in their 8 NIT appearances is 13–10.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1961 First Round Temple L 66–79
1964 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
St. Bonaventure
Duquesne
Bradley
NYU
W 64–62
W 67–65
L 52–67
W 60–59
1965 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
St. Louis
Western Kentucky
St. John's
NYU
W 70–66
W 58–54
L 60–67
W 75–74
1966 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Manhattan
San Francisco
BYU
Villanova
W 71–66
W 80–63
L 60–66
L 65–76
1968 First Round Notre Dame L 58–62
1969 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Wyoming
South Carolina
Boston College
Tennessee
W 51–49
W 59–45
L 61–73
L 52–64
1970 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Cincinnati
Manhattan
St. John's
LSU
W 72–67
W 77–72
L 59–60
W 75–68
1978 First Round Rutgers L 70–72

All-Americans[edit]

The following Army players were named NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans:

Academic All-Americans[edit]

The following Army players were named Academic All-America:

Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

The following Army players and coaches have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Major awards[edit]

Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

Haggerty Award

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year

  • Les Wothke – 1985

Patriot League Men's Basketball Coach of the Year

  • Pat Harris – 2002
  • Zach Spiker - 2013

Patriot League Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year

  • David Ardayfio – 1994
  • Alex Morris – 1997
  • Kyle Wilson - 2013

Patriot League Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year

  • Marcus Nelson – 2009

References[edit]

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