Old Dominion Monarchs News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Official Site of ODU: Minium: ODU Basketball Players Are Students Too, and Study Hall, Term Papers and Tests Follow Them on the Road
It's Tuesday night, and it's already been a long day for the Old Dominion basketball team. The players attended class in the morning, had a late-morning practice, took a charter flight to New England and had dinner at 7 at the Hartford Airport Sheraton Hotel.
Some players then headed upstairs to watch basketball games on TV. But ten headed to their rooms to collect their laptops, and returned to the banquet room where they ate dinner for a long night of studying.
Yes, the Monarchs are the toast of Hampton Roads after making the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight years.
Official Site of ODU: Win or Kose Thursday Night Against Purdue, Jeff Jones Says he Will Return Next Year as ODU's Basketball Coach
Win or lose against Purdue in the NCAA tournament on Thursday, Jeff Jones plans to return as Old Dominion's basketball coach.
Asked about his future at a press conference Thursday at the Hartford Civic Center, Jones didn't quibble.
"Coaching is not just something I do. That's who I am," he said.
"So I have every intention of continuing to coach. You know, the idea of not coaching the idea of retirement that's not even on the radar at this point.
"I heard people in our community this year, people were saying, 'oh, this is going to be his last year.
Official Site of ODU: ODU's magical basketball season ends with a 61-48 loss to Purdue in the NCAA tournament
It was a magical season for the Old Dominion basketball team.
The Monarchs won at No. 25 Syracuse, spanked archrival VCU at home and swept three games, and the Conference USA championship, from a more talented Western Kentucky team.
And they did it all with a coach waging a courageous fight with prostate cancer.
But the magic ended late Thursday night for coach Jeff Jones and the Monarchs as they succumbed to third-seeded Purdue, 61-48, in a first-round NCAA game in the XL Center.
ODU (26-9) played hard, and went toe-to-toe physically with the taller and more talented Boilermakers (24-10).
Official Site of ODU: Minium: NCAA Tournament in Hartford is a Homecoming of Sorts for John and Kate Broderick
John R. Broderick grew up 20 minutes from Hartford in Bristol, Conn. ESPN, which now has its mammoth headquarters in Bristol, wasn't even an idea then.
But Broderick says Hartford was a sports hotbed even before the self-professed World Wide Leader in Sports opened its doors.
He recalls making the drive to the Hartford Civic Center, now known as the XL Center, many times to see the Hartford Whalers, UConn basketball and even the Boston Celtics play some home games there.
Thursday night, Broderick returns to his home state as President of Old Dominion University, whose basketball team won the Conference USA tournament last week in Frisco, Texas, and takes on third-seeded Purdue in the XL Center at 9:50 p.
Official Site of ODU: No. 46 ODU Falls to No. 38 LSU in Baton Rouge, 4-3
BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 46 nationally ranked Old Dominion men's tennis team (7-6) fell to No. 38 LSU (13-4) by 4-3 score at the LSU Tennis Complex on Thursday night.
Old Dominion will return to the courts on Friday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET, when the Monarchs face Tulane (4-10) at 2:00 p.m. ET in New Orleans, La.
Tennis Match Results
Old Dominion vs. LSU
Mar 14, 2019 at Baton Rouge, La.
(LSU Tennis Complex)
#38 LSU 4, #46 Old Dominion 3
Official Site of ODU: Minium: In spite of Loss to WKU, Nikki McCray is Right on Schedule in Building a Championship Program at ODU
Nearly half a year ago, when Conference USA women's basketball coaches convened here for media day, they tabbed Old Dominion to finish 11th in the 14-team league.
It was a laughable prediction to those of us who know how hard and well Nikki McCray-Penson has toiled to rebuild this program. I knew she'd have a winning season, and that she might even break the 20-win mark.
Turns out, McCray is right on schedule in rebuilding ODU's once proud women's basketball program into a championship contender.
ODU won 21 games, finished fifth in the conference and lost, 74-60, to a bigger, more talented and more experienced Western Kentucky team Thursday in the conference quarterfinals.
Official Site of ODU: Minium: Jeff Jones is Grateful for Being Named C-USA Coach of the Year, but Dearly Wants NCAA Tourney Bid
I was attending a Conference USA reception Tuesday night, and was chatting with Old Dominion women's basketball athletic trainer Megan Hammonds on the eve of the C-USA tournaments, when her phone began to buzz.
She'd just gotten the word that the ODU men had agreed to share their practice court with the women.
I put down my beer and we headed 100 yards or so to the Ford Center at The Star, the giant indoor stadium where the Dallas Cowboys work out. Conference USA puts up makeshift courts with temporary bleachers every year for its men's and women's basketball tournaments.
Official Site of ODU: Minium: B.J. Stith was a Worthy Choice for Conference USA Player of the Year, but so Would Have Been Ahmad Caver
B.J. Stith richly deserved every ounce of joy he felt when Conference USA announced on Wednesday that he had been named the league's basketball Player of the Year.
He earned it.
The 6-foot-5 guard who grew up in tiny Freeman, Va., about 80 miles west of Norfolk, led the Monarchs in scoring, was the team's best defensive rebounder and led be example. He practices hard, plays hard and enjoys winning with the kind of joyful gusto that you just want to drink in.
He's not just a great player, he's a great character.
Official Site of ODU: Stith Named Conference USA Player of the Year
FRISCO, Texas - B.J. Stith (Lawrenceville, Va.) of the Old Dominion men's basketball team was named the 2019 Conference USA Player of the Year on Wednesday morning, as voted on by league head coaches and media personnel. Stith becomes the first Monarch since Alex Loughton in 2005 to earn conference Player of the Year honors. Stith also becomes just the seventh Monarch ever to earn such an award and first ever within the C-USA.
Stith's nine double-doubles this season rank third in the conference, while his 6.1 defensive rebounds per contest also rank third in the league.
Official Site of ODU: Caver and Stith Named to All-Conference USA First Team
NORFOLK, Va. - Ahmad Caver (Atlanta, Ga.) and B.J. Stith (Lawrenceville, Va.) of the Old Dominion men's basketball team were both named to the 2019 All-Conference USA First Team on Monday afternoon, as voted on by head coaches and media representatives.
Caver and Stith served as co-captains for a team that finished the regular season with a 23-8 overall record and 13-5 mark in league play. The Monarchs clinched the Conference USA regular season title two weeks ago.
Caver's 37.3 minutes played per outing ranks first in the conference and 12th in the country.
Official Site of ODU: Minium: Stories About Two ODU Basketball Coaches Who Have Overcome Cancer and Heartache And Have Won in a Big Way
This isn't a story about NCAA corruption, college coaches being clandestinely taped by FBI agents or teams squaring off for a fight. Plenty of those out there.
Instead, it's about two Old Dominion University coaches who have been persevered through some of life's most difficult hardships. They've both suffered through the heartache and pain of cancer and have watched their mothers suffer as well.
And they've both put together what I believe to be stellar resumes for Coach of the Year in Conference USA.
If you're an ODU fan, bear with me. You probably know most of the the story.
Official Site of ODU: No. 24 ODU Outlasts No. 50 Baylor in Waco, 4-3
WACO, Texas - The No. 24 nationally ranked Old Dominion women's tennis team (13-2) outlasted No. 50 Baylor (5-12) by a 4-3 score on Sunday afternoon at the Hurd Tennis Center.
ODU's doubles tandems Nataliia Vlasova/Natalya Malenko (6-1) and Holly Hutchinson/Brooke Pilkington (6-2) combined to give the Monarchs an early 1-0 advantage.
Alesya Yakubovich didn't waste any time picking up a straight singles victory (6-1, 6-0) on Court No. 6 to give Old Dominion a 2-0 lead.
Brooke Pilkington continued her hot streak, defeating Stephanie Adames (6-2, 6-4), extending ODU's lead to 3-0.
Baylor roared back tying the match at 3-3; however, Yulia Starodubtseva sealed the deal with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Paula Baranano.
Official Site of ODU: BRACKET ANNOUNCED: No. 1 Seed ODU Set for C-USA Tournament
NORFOLK, Va. - The No. 1 seeded Old Dominion men's basketball team (23-8, 13-5 C-USA) will take on the winner of No. 8 seed LA Tech/No. 9 seed Florida Atlantic in the 2019 Air Force Reserve C-USA Men's Basketball Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Thursday's game will air on Stadium.
The Monarchs secured the No. 1 overall seed with two games remaining in the regular season. Old Dominion finished with a 13-5 mark in league play.
Here's a look at the complete bracket:
Official Site of ODU: No. 24 Monarchs Take Down North Texas, 4-3 (Clinched at 4-0)
DENTON, Texas - The No. 24 nationally ranked Old Dominion women's tennis team (12-2) took down North Texas (8-6) by a 4-3 score on Friday night at the Waranch Tennis Complex. ODU sealed the deal on the victory at a 4-0 score; however, the teams agreed to play the remaining three singles matches.
The Monarchs are currently riding a four-match win-streak and have claimed victory in nine of their last 10 matches.
Entering Friday, North Texas held a 7-1 record when playing on their home courts.
ODU will remain on the road and return to the courts on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.
Official Site of ODU: Carver Named to C-USA All-Academic Team
IRVING, Texas - Aaron Carver of the Old Dominion men's basketball team earned a spot on the 2019 InTouch Credit Union Conference USA Men's Basketball All-Academic Team on Friday afternoon, as announced by league officials.
Carver boasts a 3.47 cumulative GPA as a Civil Engineering Technology major and Engineering Management minor.
The Elizabeth City, N.C.-native is one of four Monarchs to start every game this season. He's currently first on team for offensive rebounds (71), second on team for rebounds (177), third on team for blocks (13), fourth on team for minutes played (622) and sixth on the team for assists (28).