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Old Dominion (18-17) at Fresno State (19-16)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, March 26, 10 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Save Mart Center (16,162) -- Fresno, California. Television: None. CBI Record: Old Dominion 3-1, Fresno State 2-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: The 2014 College Basketball Invitational soldiers on with the semifinals, the nightcap of which features the Old Dominion Monarchs paying a visit to the Fresno State Bulldogs.

The winner advances to the CBI Championship Series to challenge the winner of the Illinois State/Siena semifinal matchup, also being played this evening. The best-of-three final series begins next Monday.

Old Dominion has taken down both South Dakota State (72-65) and Radford (82-59) to earn its trip to the semifinals, and improve its record this season to 18-17 and its all-time mark in the CBI to 3-1. The Monarchs played in the very first CBI back in 2008, and would love to make first-year head coach Jeff Jones a tournament winner as the team completes its first campaign as a member of Conference USA.

Fresno State's road to the semifinals was achieved by knocking off UTEP (61-56) and Princeton (72-56) in succession, and the team has won four of its last five and 11 of its last 14 games overall. The Bulldogs, who are appearing in their first CBI, are in their first final four of a postseason tourney since 1998, and for only the third time in school history.

These two schools have never previously met in men's basketball.

Richard Ross scored a career-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds, and four others reached double figures in the scoring column as well, as ODU easily dispatched with Radford on Monday night. Ambrose Mosley was the second-highest scorer with 15 points off the bench, thanks to his 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc, the team as a whole going 6-of-17 from 3-point range in the game. The Monarchs shot 51.8 percent from the field overall, while holding the Highlanders to just 37 percent. A massive 44-29 edge in rebounding certainly helped ODU's cause, as did a 46-33 advantage in points in the paint.

Dimitri Batten and Mosley paced the Monarchs in the tournament-opening win over South Dakota State with 18 and 16 points, respectively, and they are two of the team's three double-digit scorers on the season. Aaron Bacote, who tallied 10 points in each of the first two games of this event, leads the way with 15.7 ppg for an ODU squad that averages nearly the same number of points (64.2 ppg) as it allows (64.3 ppg).

Fresno State put the clamps on the Princeton Tigers on Monday night, limiting the visitors to 31.7 percent field goal efficiency. Conversely, the Bulldogs made good on 47.5 percent of their total shots, while draining 6-of-13 3-point attempts. Tyler Johnson was high man in the game with 23 points, as he shot 10-of-17 from the floor, while Cezar Guerrero tacked on 15 points and Paul Watson had 13. That trio also combined to grab 18 of the team's 40 rebounds.

Guerrero led all scorers in the first game against UTEP, logging a double- double consisting of 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs shot just 40.7 percent from the field in that bout, but held the Miners to 35.3 percent. Johnson paces the team on the season with 15.9 points and 7.5 caroms per contest, with Marvelle Harris (14.5 ppg), Guerrero (12.9 ppg) and Watson (10.1 ppg) also enjoying productive campaigns.

ODU has also won four of its last five games, but is just 5-8 on the road this season. Traveling across the country after playing just 48 hours ago will likely spell the end of the line for the Monarchs.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fresno State 71, Old Dominion 66

03/26 10:35:19 ET

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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
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KAN 1
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
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SMU 10
MEM 48
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ILL 28
MINN 24
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RICE 41
UNT 21
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RUTG 24
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UAB 17
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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NILL 28
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NAVY 41
SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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TOL 42
UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
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MARS 35
FATL 16
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PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
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MSU 35
MICH 11
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KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
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TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
4th
WASU 23
ARZ 52
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
3rd
LAMON 15
TXST 7
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
3rd
COLST 31
WYO 3
 
Half
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
2nd
TENN 7
ALA 27
 
Half
AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 10
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd Intermission
TOR 0
BOS 2
 
3rd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 2
DET 2
 
3rd
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
NYR 1
 
2nd
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
2nd
MIN 5
TAM 1
 
1st
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14