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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Coach: Billy Lange (34-52 in three seasons at Navy, 73-71 overall).

Last Season:14-16, 4-10 Patriot League, lost in conference quarterfinals.

The Glue: Greg Sprink can score points in a hurry, as he demonstrated last season with 19 in the final 13 1/2 minutes against Army and 21 in a half against American. One of two seniors, the 6-foot-5 shooter will have to at least replicate his 16.9-point average if the Midshipmen have any hope of finishing in the top half of the Patriot League. Sprink has always been a good shooter on three-pointers (37 percent in his career) and free throws (83 percent), and last season he improved his overall shooting to 45.4 percent. Sprink might be called upon to handle the ball more often after Corey Johnson, last season's starting point guard, left the team to concentrate on football.

Game to Watch: No matter what kind of season Navy is having, the year's biggest game is always the home showdown against arch-rival Army. This season it comes Jan. 27 with a noon tip-off for live TV coverage. The Mids will have just returned from a trip to league favorite Holy Cross and will likely need a morale booster against the Black Knights.

Postseason Prospects: With Holy Cross and Bucknell expected to dominate again, the postseason hopes of Navy and the other Patriot teams appear slim at best.

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