Army Black Knights men's basketball

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Army Black Knights
2016–17 Army Black Knights men's basketball team
Army West Point logo.svg
University United States Military Academy
Conference Patriot League
Location West Point, NY
Head coach Jimmy Allen (1st year)
Arena Christl Arena
(Capacity: 5,043)
Nickname Black Knight
Colors Black, Gold, and Gray[1]
              
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 West Point 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 West Point was Mike Krzyzewski, who later was head coach at Army West Point before moving on to Duke and is the current most successful men's basketball coach in NCAA history.

Army West Point 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 only four original Division I teams in history to have never participated in the NCAA Tournament.[2] [3] Army West Point shares this dubious distinction with William & Mary, The Citadel, and St. Francis (NY). However, the Black Knights have played in the National Invitational Tournament 8 times,[4] and were retroactively named national champions by Premo-Porretta for 1923 and by the Helms Athletic Foundation for 1944.[5] The Black Knights played in the 2016 edition of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), their first ever appearance in a postseason tournament in 38 years, losing to NJIT in the first round.

Statistics[edit]

Postseason results[edit]

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

The Black Knights' have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) eight times. Their combined record 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

CollegeInsider.com Tournament[edit]

The Black Knights have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2016 First Round NJIT L 65–79

All-Americans[edit]

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

Academic All-Americans[edit]

The following Army West Point players were named Academic All-America:

Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

The following Army West Point 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 – 2001-02
  • Zach Spiker – 2012-13

Patriot League Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year

  • David Ardayfio – 1990-91
  • Alex Morris – 1992-93
  • Kyle Wilson – 2012-13

Patriot League Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year

  • Marcus Nelson – 2008-09

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USMA Publication Standards Manual Style Guide" (PDF). United States Military Academy–West Point. 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  2. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/kryzyzewski-knight-coached-at-army-no-ncaa-tournament-teams-have-played-there/2016/01/31/70a5dc50-c7ae-11e5-a4aa-f25866ba0dc6_story.html?utm_term=.e103290248a8
  3. ^ Wall Street Journal blog: March Madness Claims New Victims. Accessed March 18, 2008.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  5. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 536. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 

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