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Monarchs Open C-USA Play At East Carolina Saturday

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 09, 2014
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GAME NOTES
Old Dominion Monarchs (6-9) vs. East Carolina Pirates (11-4)
Jan. 11, 2014, 7 p.m. - Minges Coliseum, Greenville, NC.

TV/RADIO: The Monarchs radio broadcasts are on ESPN 94.1 in Hampton Roads; WZEZ 100.5 in Richmond and WBRG 104.5 FM & 1050 AM in Lynchburg, Va. Play-by-Play announcer is Ted Alexander. Billy Mann will

Serve as color analyst for all home games. Dave Twardzik will be a contributor to Monarch Courtside pre-game show at home games and color commentary for all road games.  Rick Kiefner will host the Monarch Courtside program at home games.

Tonight’s game will be televised by WITN and shown on Cox 114 in Hampton Roads and on channel 110 in the West Point, New Kent, King and Queen area.. The announcers will be Adam Witten with the play-by-play and former Chattanooga and VCU head coach Mack McCarthy will be providing the color.

SERIES VS. EAST CAROLINA The former rivals in the CAA  now meet in C-USA. ODU leads the series which began in 1966-67, 36-14.  The Monarchs have won the last four, and six of the last seven, including a 63-58 win in the 2011-12 season at ODU. ODU last beat ECU in Greenville in 2010-11 season, 81-68.

ECU leads C-USA in field goal percentage (.477), 3-point field goal percentage (.393) and are second in the league in the league in scoring at 84.5.  ECU's senior Akeem Richmond leads the league in scoring at 20.0 points per game, and averages 5.1 three-pointers made per game. Brandon Stith, son of ODU assistant coach Bryant Stith is second in C-USA in rebounding at 9.5 per game.

MONARCH PROBABLE STARTERS  
G  1  Aaron Bacote, 6-4, So., Hampton, VA. 18.6 ppg/ 3.5 rpg
G  3  Keenan Palmore, 6-1, So., Stone Mountain, GA. 9.9 ppg/ 4.0 rpg
G  4  Dimitri Batten, 6-3, R-Jr., Newport News, Va., 11.8 ppg/4.5 rpg
F  21 Denzell Taylor, 6-7, Fr.,  Brampton, Ontario 5.2 ppg/ 6.7 rpg
F  23 Richard Ross, 6-6, R-Jr.  Wichita Falls, TX.  9.3 ppg/ 7.7  rpg

ECU PROBABLE STARTERS
G  11  Antonio Robinson   6-4, JR., 6.2 ppg/ 4.2 rpg
G   1   Akeem Richmond    6-0, Sr. 18.8 ppg/ 1.5 rpg
F  22 Paris Roberts-Campbell 6-3, JR., 14.1 ppg/ 4.3  rpg
F 34  Michael Zangari 6-9, So., 9.1 ppg/ 4.6 rpg

LAST GAME:ODU defeated another former CAA rival George Mason, 71-66 as Aaron Bacote led with 20 points followed by 13 from Dimitri Batten. ODU shot .444 from the floor to Mason’s .392.  both teams made more free throws than field goals in the game.  ODU was 28-46 from the line with 20 field goals made and Mason was 24-32 from the line with 20 field goals made.

THIS DAY IN ODU HISTORY:Jan. 11, 2012 – ODU wins at Delaware, 68-66 in overtime as current NBA Monarch Kent Bazemore scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

COMPARING THE TEAMS
                       ODU          ECU
SCORING      65.4           84.5
OPP AVG      66.3           73.8
FGPCT          .428           .477
3PT FGPCT: .317           .383
FT PCT          .587         .720
REBS             37.6          38.0
ASSTS            10.7         15.7
TO:                 13.7          11.4
STLS:              5.5             6.9
BLKS              4.2             3.7

KENT BAZEMORE (’10) NBA UPDATES
GP/GS   MINS    FG     3PT      FT         RBS   AST  STL     TP
31/0       7.0    30-77   9-31   16-30    37     17      9       85

MONARCHS TOP 5 C-USA TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Scoring Defense:   3rd   at 66.3
Field Goal PCT Def: 5th at .416
Blocked Shots: 5th at 4.2
Defensive Rebs: 5th at 384

MONARCHS  C-USA INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Scoring: Bacote         3rd at 18.6
Rebounding: Ross    8th at 7.7
Assists: Bacote        14th at 3.2
Free Throw PCT: Bacote 10th at .792
Steals: Palmore 11th at 1.4
Blocked Shots: Ross, 2nd at 2.6
Offensive Rebounds: Ross 9th at 3.1
Defensive Rebounds: Ross 12th at 4.6

 

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