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Release: November 23, 2002
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Nov. 23, 2002

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS NORTH CAROLINA
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, 1:00 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS:
* This is the first official men's game in the new Ted Constant Convocation Center.
* ODU was 1-1 during the pre-season exhibitions
* ODU defeated Global Sports, 91-88,
* Marsh, Wright and Loughton each performed the double-double vs. Global
* ODU outrebounded Global 50-33 & EA Sports, 48-28.
* ODU was 13-16 last season.
 

HEAD COACH: Blaine Taylor (Montana '81) * Top Assistant at Stanford the last three years * 142-65 at Montana (1991-1998) - five 20+ win seasons. * 397-172 in 19 years as an assistant and head coach * 1992 Montana team was 27-4 * 1992 National Rookie Coach of the Year * 1992 Big Sky Coach of the Year

MONARCH PROBABLES EXHIBITION AVG. F 21 Ricardo Marsh, 6-8, 240, Sr, Mebane, NC. 13.5 ppg/ 7.0 rrg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 21.0 ppg/ 9.5 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 9.5 ppg/ 9.0 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, Norfolk, VA. 15.5 ppg/3.5 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va.Beach, VA. 3.0 ppg/ 5.0 apg OR 01 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr., Charlotte, NC. 6.5 ppg/ 3.0 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr, Richmond, Va. 9.5 ppg/ 3.5 rpg C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 245, Jr., Gladstone, MO. 2.0 ppg/ 3.0 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214, Fr., Lakeland, FL. 3.0 ppg/ 4.0 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.0 ppg/ 2.0 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, 177, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 0.0 ppg/ 0.5 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Nov. 24, 1998. Cal Bowdler had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Andre McCullum added 12 points and 12 boards as ODU defeated VMI, 103-69.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Larry Rose, Tim Nestor, James Luckie

CAA GAMES TODAY: Radford at William and Mary 2:00 George Mason at Southern Illinois 2:30

SERIES VS. UNC The Tar Heels lead, 5-0. First Meeting: UNC, 87-77 in Scope in 1988-89 1989-90 UNC 90-78 in Chapel Hill 1992-93 UNC 119-82 in Chapel Hill, season opener 1994-95 UNC 98-79 in Scope 1998-99 UNC 63-61 in Charlotte, NC.

MONARCHS VS. ACC TEAMS Clemson 1-0 Last played in1978-79 NIT 61-59 W 2ot Duke 0-2 Last played in 1995-96 75-55 L Florida State 1-0 Last played in 1978-79 80-76 W 2ot Georgia Tech 0-2 Last played in 1986-87 64-81 L Maryland 1-4 Last played in 1987-88 65-70 L North Carolina 0-5 Last played in 1998-99 61-63 L N.C. State 0-2 Last played in 2000-01 78-87 L Virginia 4-8 Last played in 1995-96 49-87 L Wake Forest 0-3 Last played in 1989-90 58-60 L

ODU IN HOME OPENERS 1977 W 110-71 Atlantic Christian 1978 L 67-75 Belmont Abbey 1979 W 98-78 George Mason 1980 W 102-82 Delaware State 1981 W 75-50 Texas Wesleyan 1982 W 84-57 Md.-Eastern Shore 1983 W 71-45 VMI 1984 W 105-82 Delaware State 1985 W 56-50 VMI 1986 W 78-54 Randolph-Macon 1987 W 86-66 Va.Tech 1988 W 74-62 Randolph-Macon 1989 W 75-57 Richmond 1990 W 67-62 William & Mary 1991 W 95-70 Md.Eastern Shore 1992 W 83-71 Roanoke 1993 W 118-71 Shenandoah 1994 W 89-51 Florida A&M 1995 W 93-75 Towson 1996 W 75-67 Hampton 1997 W 65-57 Toledo 1998 W 72-60 Hampton 1999 W 81-60 Wright State 2000 L 70-78 Washington 2001 W 84-57 Gardner-Webb 2002 W 55-46 Virginia Tech

MONARCHS SIGN ONE IN EARLY PERIOD ODU signed Valdas Vasylius from nearby Norfolk Collegiate High School. He is a 6-7, 215-pounder originally from Klaipeda, Lithuania. (19.6 ppg/12.2 rpg)

BLAINE TAYLOR'S RADIO CALL IN SHOW Every Thursday afternoon from 5-6 p.m. on ESPN 1310 radio with host John Castleberry.... Fans can also e-mail questions to Taylor at www.odusports.com

MONARCH ASSISTANT Kenny Gattison (ODU'86) Sun Belt Conference All-Decade Team and League Player of the Year in 1986.

DID YOU KNOW Mark West ('83) Assistant General Manager with Phoenix Suns (Played 17 years in the NBA)

Today's TV game Announcer Bob Rathbun served as the radio voice of the Monarchs from 1978 through the1980's. MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 900 career points and 463 career rebounds... Rasheed Wright has 782 career points and is shooting .762 from the free throw line.

NEW GAME TIMES Jan. 4 at VCU is 4 p.m. Jan. 11 home with William and Mary is 7 p.m.

NEW ASSISTANT: Rob Wilkes joins the Monarchs coaching staff. Wilkes, son of long time Stetson head basketball coach Glenn Wilkes served as an assistant at Florida State from 2000-02, and Georgia Southern from 1999-00. He also served as an assistant at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, from 1993-99. Lynn advanced to national post season all six of those years, including three NAIA and three NCAA Division II tournaments. In 1997, Lynn reached the NCAA Elite Eight.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES Rasheed Wright interned this summer in the office of University Relations.. Joe Principe interned in the ODU Athletic Media Relations office, and Ricardo Marsh attended Pete Newell's "Big Man Camp".

ODU CONFERENCE OPPONENTS North Carolina Atlantic Coast George Washington A-10 St. Joseph's A-10 Dayton A-10 Campbell Atlantic Sun Hampton MEAC Md. Eastern Shore MEAC East Carolina Conference USA.

NEXT GAME: Nov. 26 vs. Campbell at 7 p.m.

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