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Monarchs Host No. 13 St. Joseph's Saturday Night

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 26, 2003
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Nov. 26, 2003

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MONARCH GAME NOTES
Current Record: 0-1
CAA Record: 0-0

HEAD COACH:
Blaine Taylor (Montana '81)
Career Record: 167-97 (.635) in nine years
Record at ODU: 25-32 (2 years)
Record at Montana: 142-65 (7 years) 1991-1998

MONARCH PROBABLE STARTERS
F 10 John Waller, 6-4, Sr, Richmond, VA. 14.0 ppg/ 9.0 rpg
F 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, So, Perth, Australia, 8.0 ppg/ 3.0 rpg
C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, So., Stoney Creek, Ontario, 0.0 ppg/ 1.0 rpg
OR 31 Arnaud Dahi, 6-7, Fr., Ivory Coast 7.0 ppg/ 4.0 rpg
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, Sr, Virginia Beach, VA., 2.0 ppg/ 7.0 apg
G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, So, Charlotte, NC, 6.0 ppg/ 4.0 rpg

OFF THE BENCH
G 2 Drew Williamson, 6-0, Fr., Burlington, NC 3.0/1.0 apg
F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, So., Lakeland, FL. 0.0 ppg/ 1.0 rpg
G 11 Abdi Lidonde, 6-2, Fr, Sutton, MA. 15.0 ppg/ 2.0 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, Jr, Norfolk, VA. --- / ----
F 42 Valdas Vasylius, 6-7, Fr., Klaipeda, Lithuania 9.0 ppg/3.0 rpg

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS
Duke Edsall, Leslie Jones and Wally Rutecki

THIS DAY IN ODU HOOP HISTORY
Nov. 29, 1986, Bernard Royster goes 14-14 from the free throw line as ODU defeats Virginia Tech, 86-66 in Scope.

ODU VS. #13 St. JOSEPH'S
Series: SJU leads, 6-2
First Meeting: St. Joe's win 52-51 in the championship game of the Kiwanis ODU Classic in 1979-80.
Last Meeting: 2002-03, St. Joe's wins, 63-47 in Philadelphia, PA.

ODU VS THE ATLANTIC 10
Dayton
Series: Dayton, 5-4
Last Meeting: 2002-03 UD wins, 71-67(H)

Duquesne
Series: ODU leads, 3-1
Last Meeting: 1987-88, ODU wins 96-85 (A)

George Washington
Series: GW leads, 8-4
Last Meeting: 2002-03 ODU wins, 84-76 (A)

Rhode Island
Series: 2-2
Last Meeting: 1982-83, ODU wins ,99-81(H)

Richmond
Series: ODU leads, 26-19
Last Meeting: 2000-01, Richmond wins 77-73(2 ot)

St. Bonaventure
Series: 1-1
Last Meeting: 1979-80, SB wins 84-72(A)

Xavier
Series: ODU leads, 3-2
Last Meeting: 1973-74, ODU wins, 86-83(ot) (H)

ODU VS. NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS
Last ranked Opponent: Nov. 22 vs #9 North Carolina, UNC wins, 90-64
Last Win: 1994-95 vs #9 Villanova (89-81 3 ot's) NCAA 1st round

ODU IN SEASON HOME OPENERS
Since the Monarchs moved up to Division I in 1976-77, ODU has a 24-3 record in home openers. The three losses were to North Carolina in 2003, the University of Washington in 1999 and Belmont Abbey in 1977.

TRACKING THE MONARCHS
TV: Tonights game will be carried by WTVZ (channel 2 Cox) in the Hampton Roads area.

Radio: For the 11th straight season ESPN1310 Radio will be broadcasting all the Monarch contests. John Castleberry will be providing the play-by-play with Rick Kiefner and Billy Mann adding the color commentary at all home games and selected Away contests.

Internet: The official Old Dominion athletics website is at www.odusports.com carries the most up-to-date information on the Monarchs. Bios, game stories, Stats and box scores can be found along with game notes the morning of the scheduled Contests. The live ESPN1310 Radio broadcast of all Monarch games can be heard over the web.

Coaches Show: Head Coach Blaine Taylor will join John Castleberry live on ESPN1310 Radio on Thursday's from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. throughtout the season to review the previous week's games and give an insight into the upcoming Monarch matchups.

DID YOU KNOW
In 1994-95, ODU played four top-25 teams. The Monarchs defeated #9 Villanova, 89-81 in triple overtime in the NCAA first round. During the regular season, ODU played at #14 Virginia, and #14 Arizona State and Host #1 North Carolina.

The 21, 750 at the North Carolina game last Saturday was the largest crowd the Monarchs have played before. The previous high was the 19,320 on Dec. 27, 1986 at UNLV.

Assistant coach Jim Corrigan is in his 17th year as an assistant on the collegiate level, all in the CAA.

Assistant coach Rob Wilkes is the son of legendary Stetson head coach Glenn Wilkes.

Assistant coach Travis DeCuire played for Taylor at Montana from 1991-94 and earned All-Big Sky honors in 1993 and 1994.

Of the eight Monarchs who have played in the NBA, two were first round draft picks. Chris Gatling (16th overall in 1991 by Golden State) and Cal Bowdler (17th overall in 1999 by Atlanta). Gatling played in the 1997 NBA all-star game. Both are currently playing overseas (Gatling in Russia & Bowdler in Italy)

MONARCH CO-CAPTAINS
This year's co-captains are seniors John Waller, Troy Nance and sophomore Alex Loughton.

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