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IPFW vs. Navy

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Memorial Coliseum

Records: IPFW 6-9, Navy 6-8

Radio: 1380 AM

IPFW leaders: Frank Gaines (18.9 ppg), Mario Hines (5.7 rpg), Isaiah McCray, Pierre Bland (2.3 apg)

Navy leaders: Tilman Dunbar (11.2 ppg), Worth Smith (5.4 rpg), Dunbar (5.5 apg)

Key matchup: The Midshipmen’s Kendall Knorr, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard who hasn’t made a start this season, scored 15 points and went 6 of 6 from the floor, including 3 of 3 behind the arc, to lead Navy to its 54-49 victory over IPFW on Nov. 28 in Annapolis, Md. The Mastodons will have to guard the perimeter better this time. In that game, Dunbar had seven assists. Isaiah McCray paced IPFW with 10 points.

The skinny: This may be a rematch for the two teams, but Navy will get its first look at IPFW’s 6-4 senior guard Frank Gaines. Because he was suspended one game for unspecified reasons, Gaines did not play against the Middies. The Mastodons are 4-0 inside the Coliseum, while Navy, which has lost its last two games, is 1-4 on the road. IPFW also has a two-game losing streak, and has lost 5 of its last 6. All five losses during that stretch have been by double figures – 11, 10, 12, 14 and 12.

– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette