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Three Thursday-afternoon academy sports bits, one per service: 1. Army at Benning, on TV: It’s a little early for Saturday college football, but if you’ve got the itch, scratch it with “Army Spring Football Mission: Fort Benning,” a 60-minute documentary on the Black Knights’ trip to Georgia for a scrimmage at Doughboy Stadium. Catch a short preview here, during which Army head coach Rich Ellerson says the magic words regarding the Benning experience for all Black Knights fans: “It’s going to pay off on Saturdays.” CBS Sports Network will air the doc at 8 p.m. Eastern, according to an Army…

J.J. Avila, the 2010-2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and Navy’s leading scorer last season despite leaving the team in early February, will transfer to the University of Richmond for his remaining two seasons of basketball eligibility, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday. Avila, who averaged a team-best 15.9 points in 21 games this season, resigned from the academy Feb. 8, according to a Navy media release. The Annapolis Capital newspaper reported Feb. 2 that he’d been “suspended indefinitely due to an undisclosed violation of Naval Academy rules.” The 6-foot-7 forward must sit out next season because of NCAA transfer…

Three quick academy sports hits to start your week: 1. Back on the bench. Doug Wojcik, who set a variety of Navy assists records while playing alongside all-everything center David Robinson and later served as an assistant coach with the Mids, was hired by the College of Charleston over the weekend to take over for retiring head coach Bobby Cremins. Wojcik was fired last month after seven seasons at Tulsa, compiling a 140-92 record but never reaching the NCAA tournament. Speaking of all-everything college players, Wojcik will be replaced at Tulsa by Kansas assistant Danny Manning. 2. Four-game sweep. There…

Last week came the news that a key organization behind the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic had settled on a new host on a new coast for 2012, scheduling a college basketball doubleheader (men’s and women’s) for the World War II-era carrier Yorktown, now a museum ship in South Carolina. West Coast hoops-on-a-carrier lovers had only a few hours to be disappointed. A few days after the (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier report cited last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the USS Midway Museum, in San Diego Bay, will host a Nov. 9 men’s game, likely between San…

Near the beginning of the 2011-12 college hoops season, North Carolina downed Michigan State 67-55 aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic. In a few days, both teams will compete for the NCAA title as No. 1 seeds — giving them much better odds at claiming a championship than you have at winning your office pool. But what about the flattop festivities for this November? With no carrier readily available in San Diego, the future looked dim. Until this report from The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, that is. According to the paper, the World…

Do these Mids look scared? Know who else is happy with the Navy’s draw in the NCAA women’s hoops tournament? Whoever’s in charge of the travel budget. After claiming their second-straight Patriot League tournament title with a 57-48 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, the Mids will open NCAA play at Maryland, facing the host Terps at 11:15 a.m. this Saturday. There’s already a link for tickets through the University of Maryland’s website. The hosts are coming off their own tournament title, taking the Atlantic Coast Conference crown with a 68-65 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday. Despite being in…

OK, maybe “over” is a stretch: The Midshipmen ended their season Wednesday night with an 87-63 loss at Bucknell in the opening round of the Patriot League tournament, keeping their losing streak alive at 22 games, tops in college basketball. Navy (3-26) will have eight solid months to adapt and overcome; the full 2012-2013 schedule likely won’t be released until August at the earliest, and games won’t begin until shortly before Thanksgiving — the Big East could add 27 football teams by then, give or take. Four quick silver linings for Navy fans who, at this point, would probably settle…

Forget March Madness. It’s just another reason for Navy basketball fans to be mad, period. The Binghamton Bearcats, the only winless team in NCAA Division I basketball entering Tuesday’s action, snapped a 27-game losing streak last night with a 57-53 win over Vermont. How does a late-season American East Conference upset affect the Midshipmen? Well, the Bearcats’ losing ways were providing the last bit of cover for Navy’s struggling squad: With Binghamton on a one-game tear, the Mids (3-23) now own the nation’s longest losing streak, which sits at 19 games entering tonight’s 7 p.m. home game against Patriot League…

This is not the kind of record athletes want to be chasing. A loss at Patriot League rival Lafayette on Saturday would be the 15th straight for the Navy Midshipmen — good enough, so to speak, to tie a team record for futility set during the 1988-89 season. A loss at home to Holy Cross on Feb. 8 would break the record, just in time to prepare for a Feb. 11 showdown at Army, which will air nationally on the CBS Sports Network. The streak and the season so far, by the numbers, after the jump:

What: Army vs. Navy men’s and women’s basketball When: Sat., Jan. 14; women’s game at noon; men’s game at 2:30 Where: Alumni Hall, Annapolis, Md. TV: CBS Sports Network The storied Army vs. Navy rivalry hits the hardwood Saturday in two nationally televised games at the Naval Academy’s Alumni Hall. While the basketball incarnation may lack the luster of the gridiron version, both the men’s and women’s teams are just a couple games into the meat of their Patriot League schedule, and the rivalry should prove a springboard for the rest of the season. The schools’ women’s teams will play…

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