By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio
The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team had yet to watch film of the Army Black Knights when senior forward David Andoh met with the media on Sunday afternoon, so the Montreal native was forgiven for taking a rather obvious route in what to expect from Monday’s opponent.
“I’m assuming they’re gonna be very disciplined. I know for sure Coach (Schmidt) mentioned that,” Andoh said.
Discipline is a pillar of the United States Military Academy, so it’s a natural expectation that the West Point players will display good control and order on the Reilly Center court at 7 p.m. Indeed, the 5-5 Black Knights rank second among Patriot League teams in assist-to-turnover ratio, and while they commit 19 fouls a game, that’s still two fewer personals a game than Bona.
The Bonnies haven’t played Army since a 1970 meeting at Madison Square Garden, when the Knights were coached by Bobby Knight. SBU, No. 19 in the AP Poll at the time, won that game 58-51.
The current Bonaventure and West Point squads could each have a few more notches in their win columns through the season’s first 10 games. Bona’s three losses have come by a combined 11 points, while Army has lost just one game by more than 10, a 14-point defeat to a ranked Oregon team.
If the Knights have any major advantage over the brown and white, it’s depth. With 18 players who have appeared in a game this year, nine of which have averaged 10 or more minutes a contest, coach Jimmy Allen has had over 8,000 lineup combinations he could plug in already.