Teams: No. 5 American (10-19, 5-9 PL) at No. 4 Army (15-14, 8-6 PL)
Date and Location: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 7 p.m. – Christl Arena, West Point, N.Y.
Series: 30th meeting; American leads, 24-5
Last Meeting: L, 72-58 – Washington, D.C. (February 23, 2013)
Radio: Federal News Radio 1050AM – Dain Laing (play-by-play), Jeremy Huber (analyst)
American enters uncharted territory, playing a road game in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in AU's 12 years in the Patriot League. Finishing fifth, the Eagles will face No. 4 Army with the victor facing the winner of No. 1 Bucknell and No. 8 Navy.
The Black Knights won both matchups this season, but American holds the all-time series advantage, 24-5. The Eagles are also 9-3 all-time away from Washington, D.C.
Senior Stephen Lumpkins, who leads the Eagles in points and rebounds, was named to the All-Patriot League teams, earning second-team recognition. Lumpkins ranks second in the conference and 27 in the nation with 9.5 rebounds per game. He recently snapped a string of 26-straight games in double-digit scoring and is 15th in country with 13 double-doubles.
Second-year sharpshooter John Schoof, who leads the Patriot League in 3-pointers per game (2.4) and 3-point percentage (.511), was named to the conference's All-Academic Team. Schoof leads the country in country in 3-point percentage according to ESPN.com (two 3-pointers attempted per game minimum).
The Eagles will rely on its experience in the Quarterfinal matchup against a young Army squad.
Senior Daniel Munoz is second on the team with 10.5 ppg and is fourth in the league with 3.6 assists per game as well as second with an .868 free throw percentage. Junior center Tony Wroblicky leads the conference in Patriot League games with a .63 (51-of-80) field goal percentage. Fourth-year players Blake Jolivette and Mike Bersch provide veteran scoring off the bench while rookie Jesse Reed made his second start of the season at Lafayette, last time out.
Scouting the Opponent
• Army had its most successful season in 28 years and accrued a slew of Patriot League awards. Head coach Zach Spiker was named the Coach of the Year, while freshman Kyle Wilson was a unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year. Senior Ella Ellis was also a unanimous selection to the Patriot League First Team while Wilson and Kyle Toth were named to the All-Rookie team.
• Ellis, now a two-time PL first-teamer, is second in the conference in scoring with 18.0 ppg and is the league's reigning Player of the Week after back-to-back 30-point performances.
• Wilson was ninth in conference and led all freshmen with 13.0 ppg and earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors five times.
• Toth was the team's fourth-leading scorer with 8.4 ppg and has started the last 23 games for the Black Knights. He is joined in the starting lineup by fellow rookies Dylan Cox (6.1 ppg, 3.2 apg) and Kevin Ferguson (3.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg). Sophomore Josh Herbeck (8.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg) is the team's sixth man.
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AU fans and alumni planning to attend the road game at Army are encouraged to reserve tickets in the American fan seating block by calling the AU Athletics Tickets office. Eagles fans should call (202) 885-TIXX beginning this Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. Fans may also email EaglesClub@american.edu with contact info and a representative will return your call. All tickets in the AU fan section must be purchased by 4 p.m. this Tuesday, March 5, at the latest. Seating space is limited. Tickets prices, set by the Patriot League, are $12 for adults and $6 for youth and seniors.