Sportswrap in New York: ODU’s road to a championship

NEW YORK, NY (WAVY) – Hello from New York! Nathan Epstein here, as we get closer to Tuesday night’s matchup between Old Dominion and Stanford in the second semifinal of the National Invitational Tournament.

As Bruce Rader and myself have made ourselves comfortable in the Big Apple, here are a couple of updates. The Monarchs have also found time to enjoy the city. Head coach Jeff Jones said the team found some time to walk around and take in what the largest media market in the country has to offer. This is no unfamiliar territory for Jones, who has made it to the NIT final four for the third time in his career- his second as a coach.

Jones along with junior guards Aaron Bacote and Trey Freeman all addressed the media this morning. Both Freeman and Bacote expressed how excited they are to play in Madison Square Garden, the “Mecca of Basketball,” but also made it clear that they are here to win.

Right beside them sat three members of the Stanford Cardinal, including head coach Johnny Dawkins and leading scorer Chassen Randle, who’s only 11 points away from becoming his school’s all-time leading scorer. Adding a little more spice to the matchup, the team sitting just to the right of Bacote and Freeman were champions of this very tournament in 2012.

Bruce has already been live from Time Square for WAVY News 10 at 4:00 pm. He will have another live update from Time Square on WAVY News 10 at 5:30 and will be live with coach Jones during the Sportswrap at 6:00 pm. If you’re traveling in New York for the game, send your pictures to or tweet to either  @BruceRaderSport or @Nathan_Epstein. We want to know how you’re enjoying life in the big city.

We’ll have much more updates as we get closer to tip-off.

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