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ODU Hosts Towson Friday at 7PM for 2017-18 Season Opener

November 09, 2017
By ODU Athletics

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NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion men’s basketball team will kick off the 2017-18 regular season at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Friday at 7:00 p.m. against Towson.

ODU is 28-2 all-time against Towson. The last time these two squads met was on Dec. 3, 2016 at SECU Arena, where the Monarchs edged Towson, 60-58. The last two meetings have produced a pair of two-point games. Towson beat ODU, 68-66, in its last trip to Norfolk in 2013.

ODU was picked fourth in the C-USA preseason poll.
Towson was picked second in the CAA preseason poll.

MEET OLD DOMINION

STARTERS RETURNING: (3)
Ahmad Caver (6-2/Jr./G/13.0 ppg/3.5 rpg)
B.J. Stith (6-5/RJr./G/10.8 ppg/4.3 rpg)
Brandan Stith (6-7/RSr./F/9.9 ppg/7.0 rpg)

STARTERS LOST: (2)
Jordan Baker (6-2/G/6.7 ppg/2.5 rpg)
Denzell Taylor (6-7/F/3.8 ppg/7.5 rpg)

ADDITIONAL RETURNING LETTERMEN: (6)
Trey Porter (6-10/RJr./F/6.6 ppg/4.8 rpg)
Randy Haynes (6-4/Sr./3.1 ppg/1.5 rpg)
Alassane Kah (6-9/Sr./1.5 ppg/1/1 rpg)
Aaron Carver (6-7/F/1.0 ppg/1.4 rpg)
Stephen Vassor (6-7/RSr./F/0.7 ppg/0.1 rpg)
Keith Pinckney (6-1/G/0.1 ppg/0.1 rpg)

NEWCOMERS: (7)
*Loren Brill (6-0/So./G/Gaithersburg, Md./Cal State Fullerton transfer)
Marquis Godwin (6-5/Fr./G/Hampton, Va.)
**Xavier Green (6-4/RFr./G/Williamsburg, Va.)
Michael Hueitt Jr. (6-3/Fr./G/Fayetteville, N.C.)
*Justice Kithcart (6-1/So./G/Durham, N.C./Pittsburgh transfer)
Greg McClinton (6-7/RSr./F/Winston-Salem, N.C./Wake Forest grad transfer)
Alfis Pilavios (6-6/Fr./F/Athens, Greece)
*Must redshirt the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules
**Redshirted the 2016-17 season (coach’s decision)

2017 C-USA Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll 
1. Middle Tennessee (8) 
2. UAB (4) 
3. Louisiana Tech (2) 
4. Old Dominion 
5. UTEP 
6. WKU 
7. Marshall 
8. Charlotte 
9. UTSA 
10. Southern Miss 
11. North Texas 
12. Florida Atlantic 
13. Rice 
14. FIU
( ) = First Place Votes

2017 C-USA Men’s Basketball Preseason Team 
Daquan Bracey, Louisiana Tech 
William Lee, UAB 
Chris Cokley, UAB 
Ahmad Caver, Old Dominion 
|Jacobi Boykins, Louisiana Tech 
Giddy Potts, Middle Tennessee 
Justin Johnson, WKU 
Jon Elmore, Marshall 
Jon Davis, Charlotte 
Omega Harris, UTEP

MEET TOWSON
Towson returns 10 players from last season’s 20-win team. The Tigers feature five seniors: Brian Starr, Mike Morsell (2017-18 All-CAA Second Team Preseason selection), Eddie Keith II, Deshaun Morman and Van Rolle. Nine of the returning Tigers averaged at least 10 minutes last season.

Towson was seventh nationally in rebounding margin (7.9), 10th in free-throw attempts (868), 12th in offensive rebounds per game (13.48), 19th in rebounds per game (39.55) and 35th in free-throws made (592).

2017-18 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. College of Charleston
2. Towson
3. Elon  
4. Hofstra 
5. UNCW  
6. Northeastern
7. Delaware   
8. William & Mary 
9. Drexel   
10. James Madison