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ODU Hosts WKU in Battle for First Place on Thursday at 8PM on beIN Sports

January 10, 2018
By ODU Athletics

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NORFOLK, Va. – Two teams tied for first place in the Conference USA standings will duke it out when the Old Dominion men’s basketball team (12-3, 3-0 C-USA) welcomes Western Kentucky (11-5, 3-0 C-USA) to the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The game will air on beIN Sports.

Mike Gleason and Jason Capel will be on the call for beIN Sports. Below is the channel list in the Hampton Roads area.

beIN Sports channel lineup in the Hampton Roads area:
Cox: 183/1183
Fios: 596
Direct TV: 620
Dish: 392
Time Warner: 417 

The game will also be available online. See the link below for streaming:

connect.beinsports.com/us/ or CLICK HERE

After visiting the above link, click “LIVE”. Fans will need their cable credentials to login and view the game online.

RPI Update (per NCAA.com)
Western Kentucky: 53
Old Dominion: 87

All-Time Series: Old Dominion vs. Western Kentucky
-Thursday night marks the 35th all-time meeting between Old Dominion and Western Kentucky.

-ODU leads the all-time series, 18-16.

-The Monarchs swept the Hilltoppers last season and have won six in a row against WKU.

Quick Hitters
-ODU is currently riding a seven-game win streak, which is its longest since the 2015-16 season.

-The Monarchs are 6-0 at home this season and 49-8 (86%) when playing on their own hardwood over the past three and half seasons.

-Old Dominion is allowing just 61.7 points per game, which ranks 13th nationally and first in the conference.

-The Monarchs rank 18th in the country and first in the C-USA for its field-goal percentage defense (38.3).

-The Monarchs turn the ball over just 10.6 times per contest, which ranks 10th nationally and 2nd in Conference USA.

-ODU’s 1.46 assist/turnover ratio ranks 19th in the country (2nd in the C-USA).

-Old Dominion is ranked 39th in the nation and second in the conference for fewest fouls (247).

-Old Dominion’s 3.9 turnover margin ranks 28th nationally and third in the conference.

-Ahmad Caver ranks 7th in the country and first in Conference USA for most minutes played per game (37:36).

-Old Dominion is 10-0 when allowing 67 points or less.

-The Monarchs are 10-1 when leading at the half.

-ODU is 9-1 when outrebounding its opponent.

-The Monarchs 5-0 when scoring 80 or more points.

OLD DOMINION LEADERS
POINTS: B.J. Stith 15.2 (15th in C-USA)
REBOUNDS: Brandan Stith 6.8 rpg (9th in C-USA)
ASSISTS: Ahmad Caver 6.6 apg (16th in the country, 2nd in C-USA)
STEALS: Ahmad Caver 2.0 spg (52nd in country, 3rd in C-USA)
BLOCKS: Trey Porter 2.1 bpg (45th in the country, 2nd in C-USA)

MEET WESTERN KENTUCKY
Western Kentucky enters Thursday’s matchup with an 11-5 overall record and 3-0 mark in C-USA play. The Hilltoppers are riding a four-game win-streak. WKU has earned notable victories against No. 16 Purdue (now No. 4) and SMU. In conference play, Western Kentucky has downed LA Tech (69-68), Southern Miss (82-66) and Marshall (112-87).

Six Hilltoppers are currently averaging double figures:
-Josh Anderson: Freshman/16.0 ppg/Top 50 recruit in the country
-Darius Thompson: Senior/15.2 ppg/UVA grad transfer
-Taveion Hollingsworth: Freshman/13.7 ppg/Gatorade’s Kentucky HS Player of the Year in 2017
-Justin Johnson: Senior/13.4 ppg/All-Conference USA Second Team in 2016-17
-Dwight Coleby: Senior/12.1ppg/University of Kansas grad transfer
-Lamonte Bearden: RS Junior/11.7 ppg/University of Buffalo transfer, All-MAC honoree in 2015-16

Both teams' season stats are attached. 

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