ODU Will Meet Colorado in NIT Wednesday Night
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