Dogs Begin 2013-14 Hoops Season at All-Military Classic on Friday
Citadel Game Notes
Charleston, S.C. — The Citadel basketball team begins the 2013-14 season this weekend when it heads to Lexington, Va., for the third annual All-Military Classic. The Bulldogs will square off against archrival VMI on Friday and then meet either Air Force or Army to complete the two-day event.
Friday afternoon's game, televised on ESPNU beginning at 3:30, marks the first time that The Citadel has appeared on national TV since the 2009-10 season when it faced seventh-ranked Michigan State at McAlister Field House, also on ESPNU. The game can be seen on DirecTV (208), Dish Network (148) and Comcast (735).
It marks the third straight season that the Bulldogs have opened against VMI, marking just the third time in program history that The Citadel will open with the same opponent on at least three consecutive occasions. The Dogs hold a 54-45 advantage in the all-time series with the Keydets, including 21 wins in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
VMI returns nine players from a 2012-13 squad that finished 14-17 overall and 8-8 in the Big South Conference. The Keydets welcome back their top two scorers, D.J. Covington (15.7 ppg.) and Rodney Glascow (11.7), from a season ago. Covington was also a solid presence in the post with 224 rebounds and a team-high 93 blocks.
Saturday will feature a meeting with either Air Force or Army with the consolation game at 6:00 p.m. and the championship game at 8:30 p.m. Saturday's games will be shown on ESPN3.
The Citadel has a combined 8-3 all-time record against the Falcons and Black Knights. The Bulldogs would have the opportunity to avenge a 77-70 loss in the 2012 All-Military Classic if they were to meet the Falcons. A game against Army would be the first since head coach Chuck Driesell earned the first victory of his Citadel career, 83-72, over the Black Knights on Nov. 12, 2011.
Fans can follow all The Citadel action with play-by-play announcer Noel Blaha on Fox Sports Radio 1450. Blaha will be sitting in for Danny Reed who is covering Citadel football action against Elon this weekend.