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ODU Will Meet Colorado in NIT Wednesday Night

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 12, 2006
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March 12, 2006

NORFOLK, VA--The Old Dominion University Monarchs (21-9) will take on the Buffaloes of the University of Colorado (20-9), Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m (ET). in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament as announced this evening. This will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Monarchs are a fifth seed, while Colorado is a fourth seed.

Colorado is led by Richard Roby, a 6-6 sophomore guard averaging 17.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Chris Copeland, a 6-8 senior forward is second on the team in scoring at 12.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Colorado was 9-7 in the Big 12.

The Monarchs have not played since losing in the CAA quarterfinal round to Northeastern, 71-63. Colorado lost in the Big12 quarterfinals to Texas A&M. ODU is led by All-CAA performer Alex Loughton (14.1 ppg/7.6 rpg) and Isaiah Hunter at 13.9 points per game.

This is ODU's first NIT appearance since 1999 and tenth overall selection since the Monarchs went Division I in 1976-77. In 1979, the Monarchs reached the quarterfinals after beating Wagner (coached by PJ Carlissimo), Clemson in double overtime, then losing to Joe Barry Carroll led Purdue.

The University of Maryland (18-10) is the top seed and will play the winner of the Manhattan(18-10)/Fairliegh Dickinson (20-11) game.

ODU IN THE NIT
1976-77	L  71-68  Villanova (OT- Norfolk Scope)
1978-79	W 83-81  Wagner (Norfolk Scope)
W  61-59  at Clemson (OT)
L    59-67  at Purdue
1980-81	L    60-74  at Georgia
1982-83	L    90-100 at South Carolina
1983-84	L    62-67   at Notre Dame
1987-88	L    73-86   at Ohio State
1992-93	W  74-68    VCU (Norfolk Scope)
		L    60-58    at Miami-Ohio
1993-94	W  76-74     Manhattan (Norfolk Scope)
		L    75-79    at Bradley
1998-99	W   75-56    Seton Hall (ODU Field House)
		L    62-75     at Butler

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