VCU vs. ODU preview

Adam Stern
Assistant Sports Editor

Game information:

  • Sat., Feb. 6th
  • Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center
  • TV: Comcast SportsNet

Old Dominion University Monarchs:

  • Tied for first in the CAA with 10-2 record (18-6 overall)
  • ODU’s 4-2 on the road in CAA (Lost to George Mason and Northeastern)
  • Coach Blaine Taylor, ninth year (Record of 161-94)
  • Last season accomplishments: CollegeInsider.com Tournament Champion

Probable starting lineup:

  • Gerald Lee (f)
  • Kenyon Carter (f)
  • Frank Hassell (C)
  • Kent Bazemore (g)
  • Ben Finney (g)

Star watch:

  • Gerald Lee: 6’10”, 250 pounds, senior from Uusikaupunki, Finland
  • Finnish national team member
  • Team best 14.3 ppg (10th best in CAA)

VCU

  • Tied for fourth in the CAA with 8-4 record (16-5 overall)
  • VCU is 7-1 at home in CAA (Lost to Northeastern)
  • Coach- Shaka Smart, 1st year (Record of 15-5)
  • Last season accomplishments: CAA Champions, NCAA Tournament participants

Probable starting lineup:

  • Larry Sanders (f)
  • Joey Rodriguez (g)
  • Jamie Skeen (f)
  • Bradford Burgess (g)
  • Brandon Rozzell (g)

Star watch:

  • Larry Sanders – 6’11”, 235 pounds, Fort Pierce, Fla.
  • Team best 15.8 ppg (fifth best in CAA)
  • Team leading 9.1 rebounds per game (third best in CAA)
  • Third most double-doubles in CAA. (7)

 

VCU All-time record:

  • Leads all-time series 41-38
  • At home: 22-15
  • At ODU: 15-21
  • Neutral: 4-2
  • At the Siegel Center: 9-1
  • Last season’s results:
  • Jan. 17, 2009 in Richmond: VCU won 61-44
  • Feb. 14, 2009 in Norfolk: ODU won 65-69
  • March 8, 2009 in Richmond in the CAA tournament semi finals: VCU won 61-53

Notes:

  • The Monarchs had a two-game lead over the Rams in the CAA standings as of Wednesday
  • ODU is the top team in the conference and third best in the nation in scoring defense allowing 55.6 points per game
  • ODU and VCU rank 1 and 2 respectively in assists (both average 15.6 per game)
  • ODU and VCU rank 1 and 2 respectively in steals (both average 8.5 per game)
  • VCU and ODU rank 1 and 2 respectively in turnover margin
  • VCU and ODU are number 1 and 2 respectively in the CAA and in the state of Virginia in home winning percentage (VCU also ranks 16th nationally).
  • VCU has scored 18 more points than ODU this season, but the Rams have let up 58 more points than the Monarchs.
  • VCU guard Joey Rodriguez is first in the CAA in assists and fifth nationally with 7.0 per game.
  • ODU guard Kent Bazemore is first in the CAA with 2.8 steals a game.
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