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Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 17, 2012
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Feb. 17, 2012

Complete Game Notes

OLD DOMINION (17-11/12-4) at. MISSOURI STATE BEARS (16-12)
Feb. 18, 5 p.m. (ET), JQH Arena, Springfield, MO.

TV/RADIO:
ESPN 94.1 - Ted Alexander, Cal Bowdler and Rick Kiefner
ESPNU - Justin Kutcher and Ron Thompson

MONARCH PROBABABLES

F 20 Chris Cooper 6-9 Sr. Dumfries, Va. 10.8 ppg/ 10.0 rpg
F 1 Nick Wright 6-8 R-Jr. Suffolk, Va. 8.6 ppg/ 5.4 rpg
G 22 Marquel De Lancey 6-0 Sr. Alexandria, Va. 4.3 ppg/ 2.3 apg
G 12 Donte Hill 6-4 So. Virginia Beach, Va. 7.4 ppg/ 3.9 rpg
G 24 Kent Bazemore 6-5 R-Sr. Kelford, NC 13.9 ppg/ 5.5 rpg

OFF THE BENCH

G 15 Trian Iliadis 6-3 Sr. Perth W. Australia 8.5 ppg/ 3.0 rpg
G 4 Dimitri Batten 6-3 R-Fr.Newport News, Va. 7.5 ppg/ 2.4 rpg
F 23 Richard Ross 6-7 R-Fr. Wichita Falls, TX. 3.8 ppg/ 4.1 rpg
G 10 Breon Key 6-2 Fr. Hampton, VA. 2.0 ppg/ 0.8 rpg
F 40 Anton Larsen 7-0 R-So. Copenhagen, Denmark 1.4 ppg/0.7 rpg
F 00 Jason Pimentel 6-8 Fr. Ocala, FL. 2.7 ppg/ 2.8 rpg

SERIES VS. MISSOURI STATE
This is the first ever meeting between the two teams. ODU did play Northern Iowa in the season opener at home, losing 63-46. In 2010, ODU defeated Bradley for the CIT Post Season Championship.

ODU IN BRACKETBUSTER GAMES
This will be the Monarchs seventh Bracketbuster's game and all will have been televised. ODU is 5-1.

2005-06 W Marist 84-71
2006-07 W at Toledo 73-70
2007-08 W Bucknell, 65-55
2008-09 W Liberty, 80-56
2009-10 L at No. 24 Northern Iowa, 71-62
2010-11 W Cleveland State 74-63

LAST TIME OUT
ODU rebounded for a 81-64 victory over UNCW Tuesday night. The Monarchs were led by Kent Bazemore with 23 points, eight rebounds and four steals, followed by Nick Wright with 19 points and Chris Cooper with 12 points and three blocked shots. ODU shot .485 from the floor and committed only eight turnovers. The Monarchs are in fourth place in the CAA.

MISSOURI STATE HEAD COACH
Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 16-12 in his first season at MSU and 18-35 in two years overall. He is 9-7 in MVC play (4-4 at home, 5-3 on the road), 8-5 at JQH Arena, 8-5 on the road, and 0-2 at neutral sites. He has never coached against Old Dominion. Lusk is also 1-2 against Top 25 opponents.

Lusk took the reigns as MSU's 17th head coach on April 1, 2011. He came to Springfield after seven seasons at Purdue (2004-11), including the last three as associate head coach.

MISSOURI STATE PROBABLES

55 G Michael Bizoukas 6-1 Sr. 4.3 ppg/5.7 apg
0 G Anthony Downing 6-1 Jr. 11.3 ppg/ 3.2 rpg
1 G Keith Pickens 6-4 So. 4.5 ppg/4.2 rpg
34 F Kyle Weems 6-6 Sr. 15.8 ppg/ 7.1 rpg
42 F Christian Kirk 6-7 Fr. 3.8 ppg/ 3.3 rpg

Blaine Taylor Year-by Year As a Head Coach

Year-by Year As a Head Coach at ODU
2011-12 17-11
2010-11 27-7 (CAA Champions/NCAA)
2009-10 27-9 (CAA Champion/NCAA 2nd round)
2008-09 25-10 (CIT CHAMPIONS)
2007-08 18-16 (CBI quarterfinals)
2006-07 24-9 (NCAA 1st round)
2005-06 24-10 (NIT semi-finals)
2004-05 28-6 (CAA Champion/NCAA 1st Rd.)
2003-04 17-12
2002-03 12-15
2001-02 13-16
Totals 232-123 in 11 years (373-187 overall)

COMPARING THE TEAMS

  ODU MSU
Scoring: 64.8 66.9
OPP Scoring: 60.4 61.6
FG PCT: .408 .444
OPP FG PCT: .394 .396
3PT FG PCT: .309 .345
OPP 3PT FGPCT: 315 .335
FT PCT: .612 .733
REBS: 39.8 34.7
OPP REBS: 34.0 33.7
AST: 12.9 13.7
TO: 14.5 10.5
STLS: 9.2 4.6
BLKS: 4.5 2.0

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS Chris Cooper 21st - Rebounding 10.1
Chris Cooper 8th - Double-Doubles 14
Kent Bazemore 28th - Steals 2.2
Team 31st - 39.4 - FG PCT Def.
Team 27th - 60.4 Scoring Defense
Team 31st - +5.8 rebound margin
Team 8th - Steals 9.2

ODU CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Scoring Offense: 8th at 64.8
Scoring Defense: 4th at 60.4
FG PCT: 10th at .408
FGPCT DEF: 5th at .394
3PT FG PCT: 10th .309
REBS: 1st at 39.8
REB Margin: 2nd +5.8
AST: 2nd 12.9
STLS: 3rd at 9.2
BLKS: 5th at 4.5

INDIVIDUAL CAA STAT RANKINGS
Scoring: Bazemore 10th at 13.9
REBS: Cooper 3rd at 10.0
FGPCT: Cooper 8th, .460
AST: Bazemore, 9th at 3.1
STLS: Bazemore, 2nd at 2.2
                Iliadis 9th at 1.6
BLKS: Wright 7th at 1.2
OFF.REBS: Cooper 1st at 4.2

2012 Sears BracketBusters Pairings

Friday, Feb. 18
Northern Iowa at VCU - 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3)
Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount - 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, Feb. 19
Drexel at Cleveland State - 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Wichita State at Davidson - Noon (ESPN or ESPN2)
Buffalo at South Dakota State - 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Akron at Oral Roberts - 2 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
Drake at New Mexico State - 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
Old Dominion at Missouri State - 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saint Mary's at Murray State - 6 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
UNC Asheville at Ohio - 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
UT-Arlington at Weber State - 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Long Beach State at Creighton - 10 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)

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