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Monarchs Open CAA Play At Towson Monday

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Release: January 02, 2011
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Jan. 2, 2011

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OLD DOMINION MONARCHS (9-3/0-1) VS. TOWSON TIGERS (4-7/0-1) Jan. 3, 2011

MONARCH PROBABLE STARTERS F 35 Ben Finney, 6-5, Sr, Portsmouth, VA., 10.7 ppg/ 5.8 prg F 20 Chris Cooper, 6-9, JR., Dumfries, VA. 4.6 ppg./ 5.5 rpg C 21 Frank Hassell, 6-9, RS-Sr. Chesapeake, VA. 12.3 ppg/ 9.5 rpg. G 24 Kent Bazemore, 6-5, RS-Jr. Kelford, NC. 12.3 ppg/ 5.0 rpg G 3 Darius James, 6-0, Sr, Virginia Beach, Va. 6.5 ppg/ 3.0 apg

OFF THE BENCH F 33 Keyon Carter, 6-8, RS- Sr. Rivieria Beach, FL. 8.9 ppg/ 5.8 rpg G 15 Trian Iliadis, 6-3, JR., Perth, W. Australia 7.7 ppg/ 1.9 rpg G 22 Marquel De Lancey, 6-0, JR., Alexandria, VA. 2.6 ppg/ 2.1 apg F 1 Nick Wright, 6-8, RS-SO ,Suffolk, VA. 1.8 ppg/ 1.5 rpg. G 2 Josh Hicks, 6-1, RS-FR. Winston-Salem, NC. 1.7 ppg./ 1.0 apg C 40 Anton Larsen, 7-0, FR., Copenhagen, Denmark 5.0 ppg./2.0 rpg

ODU ON TV/RADIO ODU Radio: ESPN 94.1 (Ted Alexander, Cal Bowdler, Rick Kiefner)

SERIES VS. TOWSON ODU leads, 23-1 The Monarchs defeated Towson three times last year, including the CAA quarterfinals. The Tigers' only win over ODU was a 67-56 decision in 2001-02
in the ODU Fieldhouse.

LAST GAME No. 10 Missouri defeated ODU, 81-58 last Thursday in Columbia, MO.which ended ODU's four-game winning streak. Mizzou had five players in double figures led by Marcus Denmon
with 22. The Tigers hit nine treys. ODU was led by Frank Hassell with 12 points and Marquel De Lancey with a career high 10 points. Chris Cooper added a career high tying nine points along with
nine boards. ODU shot .479 (23-48) from the floor but commmitted 21 turovers. Missouri shot .500 (29-58) from the floor.

Blaine Taylor
2 Wins Away
Blaine Taylor is two wins away from becoming the all-time winningest coach at ODU.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW Ben Finney became the 45th Monarch to join the 1,000 career point club vs. UMES. .544 field goal percentage vs. ECU is this years best. ODU blocked 10 shots vs. Georgetown, 8 vs. High Point and Dayton The Monarchs held Georgetown and Clemson to 19 first half points. ODU has outrebounded all 13 opponents. ESPN.com and SI.com named Bazemore As one of the nation's top defenders. Frank Hassell shot .667 (16-24) from the floor at the Paradise Jam. ODU is averaging 7,470 a home thus far. Alumni day is against Towson on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.

NEXT GAME Jan. 5 Northeastern 7 p.m. Jan. 8 George Mason 2 p.m.

Blaine Taylor 2010-11 ODU 9-3 197-106 at ODU Total 339-171 (.667 )

ODU TEAM RANKINGS IN THE CAA Scoring Offense 6th 68.8 Scoring Defense 3rd 62.2 Scoring Margin 3rd +6.6 Free Throw PCT: 10th .635 FG PCT: 8th .444 FGPCT DEF: 4th .414 3PT FG PCT: 8th 356 3PT FG DEF: 7th .356 Rebounding: 2nd 41.6 REB Margin: 2nd +12.3 Blocked Shots: 2nd 4.8 Steals: 5th 6.9 Assists: 3rd 13.8 Asst/TO Ratio: 5th 1.0

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS IN THE CAA Scoring: Hassell 15th 12.3 Bazemore 15th 12.3 FGPCT: Hassell 6th .551 REBS: Hassell 3rd 9.5 FT PCT: Bazemore 12th .750 3PT FG PCT:Iliadis 6th .447 Assists: James 11th 3.0 Steals: Bazemore 1st 2.2

STRONG PERFORMANCE IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CAA teams have combined for a 73-50 record against non-conference foes. The CAA is 3-4 against the ACC (ODU over Clemson, VCU and
UNCW over Wake Forest), and has two wins over the Big East (Drexel over Louisville, JMU over South Florida), 8-6 vs. the Atlantic 10
with ODU beating Xavier, Dayton and Richmond, as well as VCU's win over UCLA.

FIVE CAA TEAMS IN TOP 100 OF RPI According to RPIratings. Com, ODU was 13, Drexel 15, George Mason 69, JMU 78, and VCU 79. The CAA ranked #10 among the nation's
32 Division I Conferences.

CRASHING THE GLASS ODU is out-rebounding foes by 12.3 per game, while Drexel is at 12.6 per game. Drexel ranked Second nationally in rebound margin and ODU was third as of Dec. 20th.

ODU WINS PARADISE JAM TOURNAMENT: Old Dominion knocked off Xavier, 67-58 on Nov. 22 to win the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands. Senior forward Frank Hassell paced the Monarchs with 16 points and eight rebounds Against Xavier. Senior Ben Finney was named tournament MVP and was joined by Hassell on the All-Tournament team. ODU posted victories over St. Peter's, and Clemson in the tournament.

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