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Release: November 30, 2001
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Nov. 30, 2001

OLD DOMINION VS. ILLINOIS CHICAGO FLAMES
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, 7:35 p.m. ODU Fieldhouse... 70's Night

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: 3-1 Overall/2-0 Home/1-0 Nuetral/0-1 Away
* Five of next six games at home
* Defeated Delaware State, 72-61 Monday night
* Ricardo Marsh 17 pts/ Rasheed Wright 18 pts & 10 rebs
* Pierre Greene 16 points/ 3 assts
* ODU shot .563 from the floor
* Also defeated Virginia Tech, & Sacramento State
* Lost to #12 Memphis

HEAD COACH: Blaine Taylor (Montona '81)
* Top Assistant at Stanford the last three years
* 142-65 at Montana (1991-1998) - five 20+ win seasons.
* 384-156 in 18 years as an assistant and head coach
* 1992 Montana team was 27-4
* 1992 National Rookie Coach of the Year
* 1992 Big Sky Coach of the Year

MONARCH PROBABLES
F 21 Ricardo Marsh, 6-7, 225, Jr, Mebane, NC. 16.5 ppg/ 7.3 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 15.3 ppg/ 6.8 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-9, 220, So.,Washington,DC 1.3 ppg/ 4.5 rpg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 175, Sr, Chicago, IL. 10.3 ppg/ 3.2 apg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 185, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 7.0 ppg/ 3.8 rpg

TOP SUBSTITUTES
G 10 John Waller, 6-4,175, So., Richmond, Va. 2.8 ppg/ 1.5 rpg
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So, Va.Beach, Va. 7.0 ppg/ 4.5 apg
F 33 James Smith, 6-7, 200, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 0.0 ppg/ 0.5 rpg
C 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 5.0 ppg/ 4.3 rpg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 0.5 ppg/ 1.0 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY
Dec. 1, 1960:ODU's first All-American, Leo Anthony scores 35 points in the Norfolk Division defeats Richmond Professional Institute, 75-65...In 1973, Joel Copeland scores 35 in an 88-84 loss at Western Kentucky.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS
Steve Gordon, James Luckie, and Mark Schnur

POST GAME DANCE: Featuring Bill Deal and the Rhondels in the Athletic Administration Bldg. Gymnasium. Dance Tickets are $5 with game ticket ($10 without). Sunday, there will be a pre-game brunch prior to the women's UNC game.

CAA GAMES TODAY:
Hofstra at Iona (Madison Square Garden), William & Mary at Boilermaker Invitational, George Mason at Mississippi, Drexel at James Madison, VCU at Richmond, Rider at Towson

GREENE PRE-SEASON ALL -CAA: Senior guard Pierre Greene was selected to the CAA pre-season men's basketball All-CAA team by the league's head coaches and media in attendance at media day on Oct. 31 in Baltimore, MD. As a team, the Monarchs were picked to finish seventh.

MONARCH INJURIES: Freshman T. J. Waldon (Lakeland, Fl.) will be out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture of the third metatarsal bone in his left foot.

SERIES VS. UIC: Flames lead, 1-0. UIC defeated the Monarchs last year in Chicago, 73-60. Pierre Greene led ODU with 20 points in his hometown Joe Scott led UIC with 20 points. ODU trailed at halftime, 38-21.

ODU VS. HORIZON (formerly the Midwestern Collegiate) CONFERENCE Butler (0-1), Wisconsin-Green Bay (0-1), Wright State (1-1). Also in the league are: Detroit-Mercy, Loyola-Chicago, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Youngstown State.

LAST WIN VS. MCC TEAM: Defeated Wright State, 81-60 in 1998-99.

MONARCHS IN THE FIELDHOUSE: 108-12 Last year, ODU was 6-1, losing the home finale to UNC Wilmington, 62-59.

BEST YEAR BY YEAR RECORDS IN THE FIELDHOUSE
14-0 in 1974-75 (Div. II National Champions)
11-0 in 1976-77 (First Div. I team/ NIT)
13-1 in 1975-76 (Div. II Final Four)
13-1 in 1973-74 (Div. II Regional Finals)
12-2 in 1970-71 (Div. II Championship Game)

DEFENSE All four Monarch opponents have shot under 50 percent from the floor. Virginia Tech was held to .298 shooting, the lowest since ODU held American to .259 shooting in 1996. The Hokies scored 19 points in the first half, the lowest since VMI was held to11 in 1982.

MONARCH EXHIBITION GAMES: ODU defeated E.A. All-Stars Southeast, 106-99 in overtime as Ricardo Marsh scored 25 points and hauled in 13 rebounds. ODU shot .473 from the floor and dominated the boards, 63-35. EA All-Stars later defeated North Carolina....

In the second exhibition game, ODU defeated Kentucky ABA, 89-82. Six Monarchs were in double figures. Pierre Greene led with 16 points, six assists and four steals. Ricardo Marsh hauled in 16 rebounds. ODU shot .576 from the floor. Kentucky ABA later beat Tennessee.

When ODU Does the Following:

MON		TUE		WED		THU	FRI	SAT	SUN
1-0 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0
Leading at Halftime: 3-1

Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Trailing at Halftime: 0-1

Scoring: 51- 60 Points 1-0
61-70 Points: 1-1
71-80 Points: 1-0
81-90 Points: 0-0
90-100 Points: 0-0

Outrebounds Opponents: 3-0

Opponents Outrebounds ODU:0-1

MONARCHS SIGN TWO IN EARLY PERIOD Isaiah Hunter, 6-3 G, Charlotte, NC., Independence High School Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 250, C, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, bishop Ryan High School

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL LEADERS FROM LAST YEAR Assists: Pierre Greene & Troy Nance (5th) 3.48 Free Throw Percentage: Greene (5th) .769 Wright (10th) .740 Steals: Greene (9th) 1.23 Three-Point Field Goal PCT: Wright (10th) .364

BLAINE TAYLOR'S RADIO CALL IN SHOW Every Thursday afternoon from 5-6 p.m. on ESPN 1310 radio with host John Castleberry. Fans can also e-mail questions to Taylor at www.odusports.com

MONARCH NEW ASSISTANTS Kenny Gattison (ODU'86) Sun Belt Conference All-Decade Team and League Player of the Year in 1986. Larry Krystkowiak (Montana '86) Three-Time Big Sky Player of the Year and Academic All-American. *Both played nine years in the NBA.

THE NEW CAA (COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION)
* The CAA is now comprised of ten teams
* The four new schools are Delaware, Hofstra (Long Island, NY.), Towson (Baltimore, Md. Area), and Drexel (Philadelphia)
* Also in the league are: Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, James Madison, UNC Wilmington, William & Mary, and George Mason.

CURRENT ALUMNI MONARCHS IN NBA Mark West ('83) Assistant General Manager with Phoenix Suns (Played 17 years in the NBA)

Cal Bowdler ('99) In third season with Atlanta Hawks Chris Gatling ('91) Now with the Miami Heat. (NBA All-Star in 1997)

"FAREWELL TO THE FIELDHOUSE TRIBUTES"
*Tonight is 70's night
* Jan. 19 vs. Virginia Commonwealth is '80's night
* Feb. 16 vs. James Madison is '90's night

NEXT HOME GAME The Monarchs play George Washington, Wednesday night at 7:35 p.m. The game will be televised on Comcast Sports.

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