Who is ready for some
— Vegas 16 (@VegasSixteen) March 27, 2016
Such a random tournament has produced a random opening opponent for the Monarchs…The Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech, a team which ODU has never played!
The Monarchs are currently seven point favorites in the opening game of Vegas 16…
|591 Tennessee Tech||+7 -110||+260||Over 138 -110|
|592 Old Dominion||-7 -110||-320||Under 138 -110|
This is a three day rapid fire even which will produce a champion around midnight Wednesday. The winner has the chance to face either Northern Illinois or UCSB with more familiar potential opponents in Louisiana Tech and Towson on the other side of the bracket.
Tennessee Tech (19-11) out of the Ohio Valley Conference has the look of a Conference USA team. The Golden Eagles can score, have some size but yield buckets in bunches. Eight of their eleven losses, they allowed at least 80 points to the opposition. The Monarchs may not be interested in scoring 80 but that type of game is available for them if they choose to embrace the pace.
Torrance Rowe (6’1) leads Tenn Tech in scoring at 18.1 per game. He jacks it up, having attempted 229 threes on the season at a clip of 35 percent. Rowe has attempted at least ten threes in their last four games with a 7 for 15 effort in a loss at Belmont.
Ryan Martin (6’9) is probably their most dangerous player. The senior is averaging 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and is by far and away their best at getting to the free throw line. Martin is 11th nationally in free throw rate and cans 78 percent of them while at the line.
Aleksa Jugovic (6’3) is yet another Tenn Tech player who does the bulk of his damage from three. The sophomore shoots 42 percent from beyond the arc and has twice canned seven treys in a game this season.
Kenpom is calling for a 71-65 ODU victory.
The tip is at 3pm and can be seen on CBS Sports Network.