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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,424) -- Norfolk, Virginia. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Drexel 4-8, ODU 2-14. Away Record: Drexel 6-7, ODU 1-10. Neutral Record: Drexel 1-2, ODU 1-0. Conference Record: Drexel 7-9, ODU 2-14. Series Record: Old Dominion leads, 12-8.
GAME NOTES: The Old Dominion Monarchs play their final home game of the season on Thursday night as they tangle with the Drexel Dragons in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Convocation Center.
The Monarchs have dealt with a troubling season for sure in 2012-13, posting a total of just four wins in 28 opportunities and settling in at the bottom of the CAA standings with a mark of 2-14. The team was last in action on Sunday at Hofstra and was dealt a 70-59 setback, the fourth in the last five games for the program.
As for the Dragons, they too are in the bottom half of the league standings with a record of 7-9, playing six games under .500 overall on the campaign (11-17). Playing the second of three straight road dates last Saturday, Drexel dropped in on Towson and was topped by the Tigers in a narrow 72-71 decision after losing in double-overtime versus Delaware in Newark two nights prior.
Of the two conference wins logged by ODU, one came against the Dragons three weeks ago by a score of 78-66 in Philadelphia. With that decision, the all- time series moved to 12-8 in favor of the Monarchs.
Against Towson, the Dragons had a chance to tie the meeting with just over one second remaining but a missed free throw did the visitors in. Frantz Massenat led four players in double figures for Drexel as he dropped in 24 points, thanks to a 10-of-12 effort at the charity stripe, followed by Derrick Thomas with 13 points. Damion Lee, who missed a late layup attempt, accounted for 12 points and Daryl McCoy shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the field as he finished with 10 points and six boards before fouling out.
The leading scorer for the Dragons after 28 games is Lee with his 16.9 ppg, although he has been absent from four games himself. He has knocked down a team best 52 shots beyond the arc, converting an acceptable 34.0 percent on the outside for a team that is hitting those shots at 32.6 percent overall. Massenat checks in not only with 14.5 ppg, but also a team-high 118 assists, but those numbers still don't make his 36.7 percent shooting from the floor acceptable.
Yet again, turnovers proved to be the undoing of the Monarchs in their meeting with Hofstra last weekend, the visitors suffering 19 miscues which the Pride turned into 23 points. DeShawn Painter logged a double-double for ODU with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while fellow starter Keenan Palmore accounted for 11 points and five boards. Off the bench the Monarchs were sparked by Dimitri Batten with his 19 points in 23 minutes of action, stemming from his 4-of-9 shooting behind the 3-point line.
Painter leads the team in scoring this season with his 12.9 ppg, although his average could be even stronger if not for the fact that he has converted just 60.4 percent of his chances at the free-throw line. Batten, responsible for 10.2 ppg after having knocked down a team-best 45 3-pointers this season, is shooting just 37.5 percent from the field and that has brought the entire team down to only 40.1 percent.
Revenge should be a huge motivating factor for the Dragons who certainly want to avoid being that one team that a lowly ODU squad is able to sweep through this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 69, Old Dominion 61
02/28 10:33:31 ET