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Monarchs Grab Ninth Seed, Face Butler in Opening Game

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 13, 2011
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NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University men's basketball earned a nine seed and will take on Butler in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Washington, D.C.

The Monarchs head into the tournament with a 27-6 record and earned the Colonial Athletic Association's automatic bid by defeating VCU 70-65 in the championship game. With the nine seed, it is ODU's highest seed in the tournament since earning an eight seed in the 1985-86 season. That year Old Dominion defeated West Virginia 72-64 in the first round.

Butler is 23-9 overall on the year and won the Horizon League Tournament with a 59-44 win over Milwaukee. Butler made it all the way to the finals last year as a No. 5 seed, before falling to Duke 61-59.

ODU and Butler have met just twice in the history of the schools, both coming in the postseason. The two teams met in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, with Butler coming out on top, 57-46. They also played in each other in the 1999 NIT, with Butler winning 75-62.

The Monarchs played one Horizon League opponent this year, beating Cleveland State 74-63 in the annual ESPNU Bracket Busters game.

It is the second-straight year the Monarchs have earned the CAA's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Last season the Monarchs were an 11 seed and knocked off six seeded Notre Dame 51-50.

Blaine Taylor Quotes
Taylor on the Tournament

" Things that I was looking for was accessibility for our fans, and I really think that Washington DC is the best location we could have wished for."

"I'm mildly surprised we weren't a higher seed, but I really haven't worried about it."

Taylor on Butler
" Your playing a team that played for the National Championship a year ago, so we know there a quality team."

" There's no easy game in the tournament, we have to earn our spurs. We have a tough first round game, but I like the location and like the chance to have our crowd there."

"Butler is a team we knew a little bit about. It will be a great game, a classic tournament game in that both teams play pretty solid basketball and don't beat themselves."

Taylor on the CAA
"I was pretty forthright in the postgame press conference about the quality of the third and fourth place teams. I thought Hofstra and VCU were good enough and pretty pleased that the league got recognized for the quality it had."

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