Black Knights



Black Knights Highlights

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Patriot League (1990-present)
Past Conferences: Metro Atlantic Athletic
City: West Point, N.Y.
Stadium: Christl Arena

NCAA Tournaments: None
National Championships: None
Conference Tournament Titles: None
Conference Regular Season Titles: None

Team History

The Army Black Knights are one of just 35 programs to have never participated in the Division I men’s basketball tournament. Army — located in West Point, N.Y. — has, however, been to the National Invitational Tournament eight times, with semifinals appearances in 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969 and 1970.

Army did receive an NCAA Tournament bid in 1968, but future Hall of Fame coach Bobby Knight declined the invitation, believing his team stood a better chance of winning the NIT. Keep in mind, the NIT was also a more prestigious event than it is today, so choosing that over the NCAAs wasn’t too eye-opening. Plus, Knight saw an opportunity to avoid powerhouse UCLA while also playing closer to home at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Anyhow, Knight’s decision ended up backfiring as the Black Knights lost their NIT opener to Notre Dame, 62-58, to finish 20-5.

Three National Titles and Five Final Fours

Knight stuck around for three more seasons and won a program-record 22 games in 1970. After parlaying his success into a higher-profile opportunity at Indiana, Knight led the Hoosiers to three national titles (1976, 1981, 1987) and five Final Fours. Dan Dougherty succeeded him for four seasons before Mike Krzyzewski, a former player of Knight’s, took over in 1975. Krzyzewski went on to leave for Duke in 1980 and, like Knight, became an iconic figure in the coaching ranks.

In 2016, Army won 19 games under Zach Spiker and made the Tournament. The first-round loss to the New Jersey Institute of Technology marked the program’s first postseason appearance in 38 years. Spiker left for Drexel following the season and was replaced by assistant Jimmy Allen. Allen finished .500 or better in two of his first six seasons, with a trip to the 2021 College Basketball Invitational.

The Black Knights entered 2022-23 facing long odds of making it back to the postseason, as they were ranked fifth in the Patriot League preseason poll. Since becoming a founding member of the Patriot League in 1990, the program has yet to win a regular season or tournament title.

All-Time Records

Points Scored
o Kevin Houston: 2,325
o Gary Winton: 2,296
o Mark Lueking: 2,032
o Gary Winton: 1,168
o Bill Hannon: 1,101
o Matthew Wilson: 852

o Tommy Funk: 728
o Dylan Cox: 479
o Jordan Fox: 436


When is the last time Army was ranked in the AP poll?
The Black Knights cracked the Associated Press poll during the 1970-71 season, ranking No. 14. However, they wound up finishing below .500 at 11-13.

What’s Army’s most recent 20-win season?
It’s been a while. Army hasn’t hit the 20-win mark since 1969-70 when it was 22-6 and lost in the National Invitational Tournament semifinals to St. John’s. The Black Knights beat LSU 75-68 in the third-place game.

Who was the last Army player to receive All-American honors?
That’d be Kevin Houston, who was named a Third Team All-American in 1987 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Houston led the nation in scoring that season at 32.9 points per game and also shared the prestigious Haggerty Award with St. John’s Mark Jackson.

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