C-USA Final: Western Kentucky vs Old Dominion Preview
Western Kentucky vs Old Dominion Preview
Comebacks are becoming a tradition in the C-USA Tournament and Old Dominion keeps adding to their reputation as comeback kids. For the second day in a row, ODU needed a huge comeback, and a miraculous shot in the final seconds, and Xavier Green delivered.
Green made the game-winner with a driving one-handed shot as he was being fouled with four seconds left and the Monarchs skirted past UAB, 61-59, at the Ford Center at The Star.
“Once again, we were very fortunate to win,” coach Jeff Jones said.
ODU (25-8) advances to Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. championship game, where the Monarchs will meet Western Kentucky for the C-USA championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
ODU hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2011.
The UAB game followed a frenetic ODU comeback victory over Louisiana Tech in Thursday’s semifinals, which the Monarchs won by a point on a fade-away three-point jump shot from senior guard Ahmad Caver.
Western Kentucky defeated Southern Miss, 70-59, in Saturday’s other semifinal. ODU has had success against WKU this season winning both matchups this season–but they were extremely tight–69-66 and 67-63.
So to say this title game is up for grabs is an understatement.
60 is the magic number
The Hilltoppers have allowed an average of 55 points per game through two C-USA Championship outings. They are 7-0 this season when they hold their opponent to 60 points or less.
WKU ranks 15th in the country in total blocks and 12th in blocked shots per game, and 14th in percentage of opponents’ shots blocked, according to Ken Pomeroy. Its 168 total blocks and average of 5.1 blocks per game are the team’s highest on record. Charles Bassey ranks second in C-USA in blocks per game (2.4).
Dan’s Bet: Old Dominion
Score Prediction: ODU 62 WKU 60