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Old Dominion (5-7) at Richmond (8-4)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 28, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (6,721) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: ODU 4-3, Richmond 5-2. Away Record: ODU 1-2, Richmond 2-1. Neutral Record: ODU 0-2, Richmond 1-1. Conference Record: ODU 0-0, Richmond 0-0. Series Record: Old Dominion leads, 29-24.

GAME NOTES: Former Colonial Athletic Association rivals collide tonight, as the Richmond Spiders tangle with the Old Dominion Monarchs.

ODU snapped a six-game skid with a 69-57 win at UNC-Wilmington a week ago. Richard Ross notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Keenan Palmore tallied 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor, and freshman Jordan Baker added 10 points.

The Monarchs are in the midst of a very tough stretch. Including the win at UNCW, ODU is playing six of seven games on the road. The only home game in that stretch is Jan. 4 versus George Mason.

Aaron Bacote, who leads the team at 17.6 ppg, made his first appearance as a reserve this season in the game against UNC Wilmington. Bacote was limited to nine points on 1-of-7 shooting. Dimitri Batten (12.2 ppg) and Palmore (10.8 ppg) are the other double-figure scorers for a team that is averaging just 65.3 ppg. That's the lowest among the 16 teams that make up Conference USA. The Monarchs, though, are limiting opponents to 65.7 ppg, which is the second- best mark in the conference. What's been hurting ODU is the fact that the Monarchs are shooting a paltry 56.8 percent from the foul line, which going into this week ranked 343rd among the 345 Division I teams. Ross (9.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg) leads the team on the boards.

The Spiders are coming off a 70-69 overtime loss against Ohio last Sunday. Richmond failed on two chances to win the game just before the final buzzer. Cedrick Lindsay tallied 23 points and five assists in the setback. Kendall Anthony chipped in 17 points off the bench for the Spiders, who have dropped two of their last three contests since a four-game win streak.

Richmond has been even more impressive on defense than the Monarchs, as the Spiders are allowing only 63.7 ppg. Opponents are shooting 39 percent from the field. Richmond has not lost a game in regulation in over a month, the last one coming on Nov. 23 at North Carolina.

Lindsay paces the Spiders with 18.6 ppg. Anthony is averaging 17.0 ppg and shooting 48.4 percent from beyond the arc over his last four contests. Terry Allen (9.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg) paces the Spiders on the glass, while Alonzo Nelson- Ododa has been a force in the middle with 27 blocks.

Although ODU leads the all-time series, 29-24, the Spiders have captured the last two encounters, including last season's 80-53 decision in Norfolk. The last time ODU beat Richmond in the Robins Center was Jan. 4, 1997. Richmond has won eight in a row at home over the Monarchs since that defeat. Additionally, Richmond has captured 42 of its last 49 non-conference home games.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 72, Old Dominion 59

12/28 10:32:05 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
9th
DET 2
CLE 3
 
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
8th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
6th
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
7th
HOU 4
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
1st
ANA 0
OAK 0
 
1st
SDP 0
COL 0
 
1st
SFG 0
LOS 0
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
 
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
 
4th
MEM 84
DAL 86
 
4th
OKC 104
DET 109
 
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
 
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
 
4th
MIA 82
PHI 93
 
4th
NYK 90
TOR 90
 
4th
MIN 107
UTA 107
 
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
1st OT
TAM 4
MON 4
 
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
 
1st
ANA 1
DAL 0
 
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8