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Monarchs Take On No. 24 Northern Iowa In Bracketbuster Game

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Release: February 18, 2010
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Feb. 18, 2010

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The ODU Monarchs (21-7/13-3) travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on 24th ranked Northern Iowa (23-3) Friday night in an ESPN Bracketbuster's game at 7 p.m.(ET)on ESPN2. ODU is 4-0 in Bracketbuster games.

2009-10 MONARCH BASKETBALL Old Dominion University 21-7/13-3 Feb. 19 vs. Northern Iowa 23-3/14-2

ESPN Bracketbuster Game ODU Radio: ESPN 94.1 FM (Ted Alexander, Kenny Gattison, Rick Kiefner)

ESPN2 Channel 60 in the Hampton Roads area. Announcers: John Saunders and Bob Valvano

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR ODU F 35 Ben Finney, 6-5, Jr, Portsmouth, VA. 9.3 ppg/ 6.0 rpg F 21 Frank Hassell, 6-8, RS-Jr. Chesapeake, VA. 8.8 ppg/ 6.3 rpg C 12 Gerald Lee, 6-9, Sr., Uusikaupunki, Finland, 14.0 ppg/ 5.1 rpg G 24 Kent Bazemore, 6-5, RS-So. Kelford, NC. 8.0 ppg/ 3.4 apg. G 3 Darius James, 6-1, Jr., Virginia Beach, VA.,6.8 ppg/ 3.3 apg

OFF THE BENCH F 33 Keyon Carter, 6-8, RS-Jr. Riviera Beach, Fl. 7.1 ppg/ 5.1 rpg G 23 Marsharee Neely, 6-2, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 5.5 ppg/ 2.7 rpg C 20 Chris Cooper,6-9, So, Dumfries, VA., 1.5 ppg/ 2.2 rpg G 22 Marquel Delancey, 6-0, So.., Alexandria, Va., 1.4 ppg/ 1.7. apg F 1 Nick Wright, 6-8, RS-Fr.., Suffolk, VA 1.6 ppg /1.1 rpg G 15 Trian Iliadis, 6-3, Fr.,Perth,W.Australia 3.5 ppg/ 1.2 rpg G 2 Josh Hicks, 6-2, Fr., Winston-Salem, NC./ ------/-----Red Shirt C 40 Anton Larsen, 7-0, Fr., Copenhagen, Denmark -----/----- Red Shirt

NATION'S LONGEST HOME WINNING STREAKS The Monarchs have won 21 consecutive home games dating back to last season. The Streak is the third longest in the country. ODU last lost at home on Jan. 24, 2009 against Northeastern. The Monarchs then closed the 2009-10 season with eight straight wins, including three wins at home during the CIT Tournament. The Monarchs are a perfect 13-0 at home this season.

1.Kansas 56 2. Siena 34 3. ODU 22 Xavier 21 5. BYU 20 6. Vanderbilt 18 7. Kentucky 17 Ohio State 17 Murray State 17 10. Duke 16

ODU'S KEYS TO VICTORY 18-3 when out-rebounding its opponents 16-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponents 6-0 when shooting 50% or better from the floor 10-1 when shooting a better free throw percentage than its opponent 4-0 when Frank Hassell rebounds in double-figures 8-1 when Kent Bazemore has five assists or more.

SERIES VS. NORTHERN IOWA ODU and Northern Iowa have met just once before. The Monarchs defeated Northern Iowa, 63-61 in a 1990-91 Tournament in Puerto Rico.

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