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Monarchs At Fresno State In CBI Semifinal Game

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 26, 2014
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GAME NOTES
Old Dominion Monarchs (18-17) In 2014 College Basketball Invitational
VS. Fresno State(19-16) Semifinals-Save Mart Center

The Monarchs, the nation's second most improved team over a year ago  face Fresno State (19-16) at the Save Smart Center Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. (EST), and the game can be heard on ESPN 94.1 FM in the Hampton Roads area. Fresno State is a member of the Mountain West Conferencem which will also exclusively broadcast tomorrow's CBI semifinal game between Fresno State and Old Dominion. There will be several locations where the game can be located, including the primary "Watch Live" page at http://www.themw.com/#!/watch-live and the live stats "Game Center" at: http://www.themw.com/#!/GameCenter/53315d74e4b0495ecc40a244?sport=m-baskbl.

ODU QUICK BITES

ODU played in the very first CBI in 2008
ODU shot .594 from the floor in the first half vs. SDSU
The Monarchs finished sixth in their first season in the 16-team C-USA this year.
ODU’s turn-a-round from last year currently ranks second nationally
Reserve Ambrose Mosley leads the team with 57 three-pointers made.
The shorter Monarchs have outrebounded 23 of their opponents this year.
Head Coach Jeff Jones has 376 career wins
Head Coach Jeff Jones is the winningest coach in American U. history.
Jeff Jones was the first person to win the NIT title both as a player and a coach (at Virginia).
ODU is 4-4 in C-USA road play.
ODU is 12-2 when leading at halftime
ODU has shot 50 percent or better from the floor eight times.
ODU’s best shooting from the field was .592 vs. ECU at home.
ODU finished 12-6 at home
ODU is second in the league in attendance at 6,190 (6,408 in C-USA home games)
Keenan Palmore and Denzell Taylor have started and played in all 35 games this year.
The 6-6 Richard Ross ranks 11th in C-USA in rebounding and second in blocked shots.
Asst. Coach Bryant Stith is a 10-year NBA veteran and played for Jones at Virginia.

 
MONARCH PROBABLE STARTERS
G 1 Aaron Bacote, 6-4, So., Hampton, VA. 15.7 ppg/ 3.0 rpg
G 3 Keenan Palmore, 6-1, So., Stone Mountain, GA. 10.0 ppg/ 4.1 rpg
F 21 Denzell Taylor, 6-7, Fr., Brampton, Ontario 4.2 ppg/ 6.0 rpg
F 23 Richard Ross, 6-6, R-Jr. Wichita Falls, TX. 10.0 ppg/ 7.1 rpg
G 4 Dimitri Batten, 6-3, R-Jr., Newport News, Va., 10.9 ppg/4.1 rpg
OFF THE BENCH
G 0 Jordan Baker, 6-2, Fr. Hampton, VA. 4.4 ppg/ 2.1 rpg.
G 10 Martin Shaw 5-11 So. Hampton, VA. 0.2 ppg/ 0.0 rpg
F 11 Joe Ebondo 6-7 Jr. Euless, TX. 1.5 ppg/ 3.5 rpg
G 22 Ambrose Mosley 6-2, R-Fr. Jacksonville, Fl. 7.3 ppg/2.9 rpg
F 40 Anton Larsen 7-0 R-Sr. Copenhagen, Denmark 1.3 ppg/ 1.1 rpg
G 25 Sean-Michael King 6-1, Jr. Alexandria, VA. 0.0 ppg/ 0.0 rpg
HEAD COACHES:
ODU- Jeff Jones 18-17 (1st year at ODU)/376-303(22nd year)
Fresno State- Rodney Terry (3rd year  at Fresno)43-55
 
 
PROBABLE FRESNO STARTERS
G  1  Tyler Johnson  6-4 Sr.         15.7 ppg/7.4 rpg
G   3   Cezar Guerrero  6-1  So.  12.8 ppg/ 3.1 rpg
 F 10  Alex Davis  6-9, Jr.              5.8 ppg/ 3.8 rpg
F  22  Paul Watson  6-7, Fr.        10.0 ppg/ 4.6 rpg
G   23  Marvelle Harris, 6-4, SO. 14.8 ppg/ 5.5 rpg 
 
Fresno State defeated fellow C-USA member UTEP in the first round, 61-56
Fresno State was 9-9 in the Mountain West Conference.
Fresno State is making its first postseason appearance since the 2007 NIT.
Fresno State has won 11 of its last 14 games.
 
 
THE SERIES
This is the first meeting between the two teams. ODU has also never played Siena or
Illinois State.
COMPARING THE TEAMS
                        ODU FRESNO ST
SCORING      64.2   72.9
OPP AVG       64.3   70.5
FGPCT          .430 .  436
3PT FGPCT: .329 . 431
FT PCT          .621   .726
REBS            35.6   34.3
ASSTS          10.7   12.3
TO:                13.1    9.7
STLS:           6.2      6.5
BLKS            4.0     4.3
 
MONARCHS TOP 5 C-USA TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Scoring Defense: 4th at 63.7
Rebounding Defense: 5th 33.9
Field Goal PCT Def: 7th at .420
MONARCHS C-USA INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Scoring: Bacote 6th at 15.7
Rebounding: Ross 11th at 7.1
Assists: Bacote 13th at 3.0
Field Goal PCT: 15th Ross at .525
Free Throw PCT: Bacote 8th at .780
Blocked Shots: Ross, 2nd at 2.3

 
MOST IMPROVED TEAMS FROM LAST YEAR
Milwaukee 21-14 8-24 11.5 (NCAA)
UCSB 21-9 11-20 10.5
ODU 18-17 5-25 10.5 (CBI)
George Washington 24-8 13-17 10.0 (NCAA)
Missouri State 20-12 11-22 9.5 (CIT)
Alabama State 19-13 10-22 9.0 (CIT)
Northern Illinois 15-17 5-25 9.0
PAST CBI CHAMPIONS
2008 Tulsa
2009  Oregon State
2010 VCU
2011 Oregon
2012 Pittsburgh
2013 Santa Clara

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