Team Profile: 2007 BracketBuster Preview: Old Dominion at Toledo
Fans of Old Dominion could not have asked for a worse draw. ODU is playing its best basketball of the year, blowing out VCU at home over the weekend, and with its non-conference win at Georgetown, is squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble.But Toledo is not an at-large threat, despite a gaudy 9-2 MAC record, thanks to a 4-8 non-conference season. Surprisingly, the Rockets did pull off a 60-59 upset of ODU’s recent victim, VCU.
A road win doesn’t do much good for ODU because the caliber of opponent simply isn’t high enough for any Committee bonus points, and a loss would be devastating to any at-large hopes.
Key Matchup:ODU’s frontcourt vs. Toledo’s frontcourt
The Monarchs simply have too much raw strength and powerful talent inside for Toledo to match. Arnaud Dahi made 13-16 free throws in ODU’s most recent win, along with snagging ten boards. Frontcourt mate Valdas Vasylius was also a beast, scoring 16 points and grabbing six offensive rebounds in only 22 minutes.
The tallest player on Toledo’s active roster is 6’7” Jerrah Young, who only averages 13 minutes a game. 6’5” Florentino Valencia is the tallest mainstay, which is probably the end of the story.
Prediction: Old Dominion 81, Toledo 68
Staying motivated will be absolutely critical for Old Dominion, both in coming out of the gate, and in putting the Rockets away. But the Monarchs are riding a seven-game win streak, and confidence is at a season-high.