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Monarchs At Middle Tennessee On Saturday

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 31, 2014
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GAME NOTES
Old Dominion Monarchs (10-11/4-2) vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (14-7/4-2) Feb. 1, 2014

TV/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. Dave Twardzik will be a contributor to Monarch Courtside pre-game show at home games and color commentary for all road games. Tonight’s game will be Televised on Cox channel 114 in Hampton Roads and 110 in West Point, New Kent and King & Queen counties.

MONARCH PROBABLE STARTERS
G 1 Aaron Bacote, 6-4, So., Hampton, VA. 17.0 ppg/ 3.3 rpg
G 3 Keenan Palmore, 6-1, So., Stone Mountain, GA. 11.2 ppg/ 3.7 rpg
G 4 Dimitri Batten, 6-3, R-Jr., Newport News, Va., 11.9 ppg/4.4 rpg
F 21 Denzell Taylor, 6-7, Fr., Brampton, Ontario 5.6 ppg/ 6.4 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. 4.8 ppg/ 2.1 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. 1.5 ppg/ 3.7 rpg
G 22 Ambrose Mosley 6-2, R-Fr. Jacksonville, Fl. 5.1 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

MTSU PROBABLE STARTERS 
F  1    Neiko Hunter   12.6 ppg/ 4.5 rpg
F 12  Shawn Jones     14.1 ppg/ 8.5 rpg
G 24   Kerry Hammonds   12.3 ppg/ 3.4 rpg
F 30   Reggie Upshaw     7.1 ppg/ 4.1 rpg
G  5   Tweety Knight        8.3 ppg/ 3.7 rpg 

SERIES VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
The first ever meeting between the two schools. MTSU is fifth in C-USA in scoring and scoring defense.  They are third in rebound margin and second in the league in blocked shots. Shawn Jones ranks sixth in the league in rebounding, while Tweety Knight is fourth in assists. 

LAST GAME The Monarchs lost at UAB Thursday night, 75-66. Dimitri Batten led ODU with 18 points while freshman Ambrose Mosley added a career high 16 points off the bench. ODU forced UAB into 19 turnovers. The Monarchs shot .348 from the floor to UAB’s .491 and were outrebounded, 46-41 as each Monarch who played hauled down atleast two rebounds. Batten and Richard Ross led ODU with seven each.

 THIS DAY IN ODU HISTORY Feb. 1, 1992. ODU defeated William and Mary, 102-92 in overtime, as the Monarchs outscored the Tribe, 25-15. Ricardo Leonard led the Monarchs with 33, followed by 22 from Al Grant and 21 from John Robinson. The total 40 points by both teams in an overtime period set an NCAA record and the 25 points by ODU tied an NCAA mark.

 COMPARING THE TEAMS

                         ODU  MTSU
SCORING            65.5  74.7
OPP AVG            65.5  66.9
FGPCT                .432  .455
3PT FGPCT:         .319 .314
FT PCT                .600  .655
REBS                   36.6  38.3
ASSTS                 10.7  13.5
TO:                     13.2 12.0
STLS:                  6.2    7.5
BLKS                   3.9   4.6

MONARCHS TOP 5 C-USA TEAM STAT RANKINGS

Scoring Defense:3rd at 65.0

Rebounding Defense: 5th36.6

Field Goal PCT Def: 4th at .417

 

MONARCHSC-USA INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Scoring: Bacote5th at 17.0

Rebounding: Ross13th at 7.4

Assists: Bacote14th at 3.2

Field Goal PCT:Palmore 13th at .514

Free Throw PCT: Bacote 9th at .779

Steals: Palmore 14th at 1.3

Blocked Shots: Ross, 2nd at 2.8

 

 NEXT GAME: ODU returns home to play UTSA on Thursday, Feb. 6 and then hosts UTEP on Saturday, Feb. 8.

 

 

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