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C-USA Leading Monarchs Host Southern Miss In Military Night On Thursday

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 21, 2014
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GAME NOTES
Old Dominion Monarchs (9-9/3-0) vs. Southern Miss. Golden Eagles (16-3/3-1)
Jan. 23, 2014 - Military Appreciation Night

Tickets for Military Personnel and Veterans
Tickets are only $5 each for military personnel and veterans!

GOING BAREFOOT FOR SAMARITANSFEET.ORG
ODU head coach Jeff Jones will be barefoot during the ODU-Southern Miss game to show support for Samaritan's Feet,  a non-rpofit organization dedicated to providing shoes and proper footcare to underprivileged youth in African nations.

RADIO
The Monarchs radio broadcasts are on ESPN 94.1 in Hampton Roads; WZEZ 100.5 in Richmond and WBRG 104.5 FM & 1050 AM in Lynchburg, Va. Play-by-Play announcer is Ted Alexander. Billy Mann will serve as color analyst for all home games. Dave Twardzik will be a contributor to Monarch Courtside pre-game show at home games and color commentary for all road games. Rick Kiefner will host the Monarch Courtside program at home games.

STREAMING
All fans can watch and listen to the Lady Monarchs over the internet with Monarch Media on www.odusports.com All home games will be video streamed live from the Constant Center in HD. A Monarch Media subscription can be accessed by going to ODUSports.com, then clicking Multimedia then Monarch Media.

The ODU InGame Mobile App
The ODU InGame App is completely FREE and is compatible with Apple and Android products. The ODU InGame Mobile App includes LIVE stats for basketball games (and football, soccer and baseball), links for the live radio broadcast, social media feeds and up to the minute fan information!

Group Sales
For group outings (10+ tickets), please call Todd McKeating at (757)-683-7087 for special rates!

 MONARCH PROBABLE STARTERS
G 1 Aaron Bacote, 6-4, So., Hampton, VA. 17.5 ppg/ 3.4 rpg
G 3 Keenan Palmore, 6-1, So., Stone Mountain, GA. 11.3 ppg/ 3.8 rpg
G 4 Dimitri Batten, 6-3, R-Jr., Newport News, Va., 11.6 ppg/4.4 rpg
F 21 Denzell Taylor, 6-7, Fr., Brampton, Ontario 5.8 ppg/ 6.5 rpg
F 23 Richard Ross, 6-6, R-Jr. Wichita Falls, TX. 9.1 ppg/ 7.4 rpg

OFF THE BENCH
G 0 Jordan Baker, 6-2, Fr. Hampton, VA. 4.9 ppg/ 2.2 rpg
G 10 Martin Shaw 5-11 So. Hampton, VA. 0.0 ppg/ 0.0 rpg
F 11 Joe Ebondo 6-7 Jr. Euless, TX. 1.4 ppg/ 3.5 rpg
G 22 Ambrose Mosley 6-2, R-Fr. Jacksonville, Fl. 4.8 ppg/2.8 rpg
F 40 Anton Larsen 7-0 R-Sr. Copenhagen, Denmark 0.6 ppg/ 1.0 rpg
G 25 Sean-Michael King 6-1, Jr. Alexandria, VA. 0.0 ppg/ 0.0 rpg

SOUTHERN MISS PROBABLE STARTERS
 G  2   Matt Bingaya, 6-5  R-Fr. 4.5 ppg/ 2.9 rpg
G   5   Neil Watson, 5-11, Sr. 11.6 ppg/2.6 rpg
F  11   Daveon Bordingham, 6-7, Sr.11.2 ppg/ 4.7 rpg
F   24 Michael Craig, 6-5, Sr. 11.3 ppg/ 7.8 rpg
F  30 Jeremiah Eason, 6-7, Jr. 5.9 ppg/ 4.8 rpg

SERIES VS. SOUTHERN MISS
ODU leads the series, 6-0. The two teams last played in 1992-93 with ODU winning at the Scope Arena, 99-84 and at USM, 113-105. ODU freshman All-American Odell Hodge scored 34 points with 18 boards and 32 points and 12 rebounds.  

SOUTHERN MISS MICHAEL CRAIG – C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The 6-5 Craig led Southern Miss to a 2-0 week with wins over Louisiana Tech and Rice. He averaged 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals. He also connected on 87.5-percent (14-of-16) from the floor, missing just two shots in two games. Craig began the week coming off the bench in an 84-62 victory over Rice. He scored 16 points, and grabbed seven rebounds. Craig was 6-of-7 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line. The senior followed that up by earning the start in an 80-71 victory over Conference USA leader Lou¬isiana Tech, who was receiving votes in the Associated Press poll. Craig recorded his fifth double-double of the year and sixth of his career, scoring 17 points and pulling down a career-high 12 rebounds. He also held Louisiana Tech's Michale Kyser, who came into the game averaging 7.6 rebounds and 3.9 blocks, to just two rebounds and zero blocks. For the week, Craig's performance on the boards helped Southern Miss outrebound the opposition by a combined 45 rebounds. Craig is currently fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.600) and eighth in rebounding (7.8).

LAST GAME
ODU defeated FAU, 65-60. Trailing by 10, 40-30 with 13:26 left in the game the Monarchs rallied to take the lead 54-53 on a Jumper by Richard Ross with 4:52 left, and never relinquished the lead again. Keenan Palmore led with 15 points, while Denzell Taylor added a career high tying 14. ODU committed only nine turnovers and forced FAU into 15.

THIS DAY IN ODU HISTORY
Jan. 23rd, 1993 – ODU hits 22 straight free throws against UNC Wilmington and again on Dec. 20th, 2005 at Richmond.

COMPARING THE TEAMS

                      ODU USM
SCORING     65.5   74.0
OPP AVG:    64.5   63.4
FGPCT         .436   .467
3PT FGPCT: .320  .424
FT PCT         .607  .683
REBS           36.8   36.7
ASSTS         10.8   13.6
TO:            13.3    14.0
STLS:           5.7    8.4
BLKS          4.1     2.4

RECORD NUMBER OF MONARCH DEAN'S LIST STUDENTS TO BE HONORED AT FEB. 27TH GAME NORFOLK - A record number of Old Dominion University student athletes earned Dean’s List honors for the Fall, 2013 semester with Grade Point Averages of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Thirty per cent, or 144 student athletes, achieved the honor and will be recognized on Feb. 27 during halftime activities of the Monarchs vs. Marshall basketball game at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Of the 473 athletes enrolled at ODU last semester, 16 earned perfect 4.0’s, while 277 (or 58%) posted GPA’s of a 3.0 or higher. Twelve of the Monarchs’ 18 teams, including all nine women’s sports, posted combined GPA’s of a 3.0 or higher, led by women’s golf (3.34), women’s swimming (3.30), women’s tennis (3.30), field hockey (3.26), women’s soccer (3.26), lacrosse (3.18), men’s tennis (3.12), women’s rowing (3.12), women’s sailing (3.07), women’s basketball (3.04), and baseball and wrestling (3.0).

MONARCHS TOP 5 C-USA TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Scoring Defense: 3rd at 65.6
Rebounding Defense: 5th 34.1
Field Goal PCT Def: 4th at .413

MONARCHS C-USA INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Scoring: Bacote 4th at 17.5
Rebounding: Ross 13th at 7.4
Assists: Bacote 14th at 3.2
Field Goal PCT: Palmore 13th at .537
Free Throw PCT: Bacote 8th at .807
Steals: Palmore 14th at 1.3
Blocked Shots: Ross, 2nd at 2.7

CONFERENCE USA STANDINGS
ODU                  3-0        9-9
Southern Miss 3-1        16-3
LA. Tech             3-1       15-4
Charlotte            3-1       12-5
UTEP                    3-1       13-6
Tulsa                     3-1       8-10
Middle Tenn.       2-1       12-6
FIU                         2-2       10-9
Tulane                   2-2        10-9
UTSA                     2-2        6-11
FAU                       2-2        7-12
UAB                      1-2         12-5
North Texas        1-3         10-8
East Carolina       0-3         11-7
Marshall              0-4           6-13
Rice                      0-4           5-12

CONFERENCE USA GAMES THIS WEEK
Thursday, January 23 (CT)
Tulane at East Carolina...............................6:00p
Southern Miss at Old Dominion ..................6:00p
Charlotte at Louisiana Tech..........................6:30p
Marshall at Rice............................................7:00p
UAB at North Texas ....................................7:00p
Middle Tennessee at Tulsa (FS1)................7:05p

Saturday, January 25 (CT)
UTSA at UTEP (CSS)...................................3:00p
UAB at Tulsa.................................................3:05p
Florida Atlantic at FIU (CSS)........................5:00p
Southern Miss at East Carolina (WITN)....  6:00p
Tulane at Old Dominion (Cox)..................... 6:00p
Charlotte at Rice............................................7:00p
Marshall at Louisiana Tech (CBS SN).........7:00p
Middle Tennessee at North Texas ...............7:00p

 

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