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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 11, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,472) -- Norfolk, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: UTSA 0-0, ODU 1-1. Away Record: UTSA 0-0, ODU 0-0. Neutral Record: UTSA 1-1, ODU 0-0. Conference Record: UTSA 0-0, ODU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Two future Conference USA rivals square off in the Liberty Tax Classic when the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners take on the Old Dominion Monarchs at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
This will be the first meeting between these programs. Both enter with 1-1 records after splitting their first two games of the round robin format tournament, which also includes Morgan State and Holy Cross.
The Roadrunners bounced back from their 12-point loss to Morgan State on Friday by defeating Holy Cross on Saturday. UTSA played very well on the defensive end down the stretch and held the Crusaders to 2-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc in the second half to secure the victory. UTSA improved from its ice cold 32.7 field goal percentage in the season opening loss to Morgan State to 38.6 against Holy Cross.
Old Dominion had a strong season last year with a 22-14 overall finish. The Monarchs' 1-1 start comes courtesy of a 46-45 loss to Holy Cross and a 72-61 win over Morgan State. Old Dominion was able to fend off the Bears by out-rebounding them 38-36 and by making 11-of-14 attempts at the free throw line in the final two minutes. ODU does not have a stand out go-to-guy at this point, but speeding up the pace allowed six different players to score in double-figures against MSU.
UTSA has a talented backcourt with Kannon Burrage and Michael Hale III starring. Burrage always has his finger on the trigger when he gets the ball. He has attempted 32 field goals in two games. Hale III was spectacular against Holy Cross with 17 points, four steals, and a perfect 6-of-6 clip from the charity stripe. Forward Jeromie Hill was also sensational versus the Crusaders. Hill recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds after a modest performance in the team's opener. Jordan Sims is a solid ball handling point man and could really make a difference delegating the offense.
In Saturday's win, ODU seniors Nick Wright, DeShawn Painter along with freshman Keenan Palmore each scored 12 points, while freshman Aaron Bacote, junior Donte Hill and sophomore Dimitri Batten added 10 points each. Painter, who starts at center, attempted a team-high 11 shots and also registered a team-best eight boards. Palmore and Bacote each had four assists. The Monarchs will be able t play with anyone if six different players score in double- figures regularly. However, that is very unlikely to happen if they slow down the pace at all.
Contrary to their name, the Roadrunners are built to be a fast paced team. They have talented guards that are better in half court sets. While ODU is more effective in higher scoring games, it is clear whichever team controls the tempo of the game will hold a competitive edge.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Old Dominion 67, Texas-San Antonio 62
11/11 10:33:48 ET
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