65 Teams in 65 Days: #49 Old Dominion

George BarnetteContributor IAugust 28, 2009

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 15:  Gerald Lee #12 Abdi Lidonde #11 and Arnaud Dahi #31 of the Old Dominion Monarchs stand on the court against the Butler Bulldogs during round one of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the HSBC Arena on March 15, 2007  in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Location: Norfolk, VA
Nickname: Monarchs
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Last Year’s Record: 25-10

Old Dominion Center Gerald Lee

Old Dominion Center Gerald Lee


Why They'll Make It

With five starters returning, the Monarchs are ready to break the Virginia Commonwealth-George Mason stranglehold on the conference.

They weren’t that far away last season, finishing only two games out of first place. What helped them to such a successful season was it’s frontcourt.

Led by all-conference center Gerald Lee and athletic swingman Ben Finney, the Monarchs out-rebounded their opponents by over seven boards-per-game last season. That helped them win the CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship last season and looks like it’ll lead to a berth to a slightly bigger tournament this season.


Why They Won’t Make It

Northeastern finished in a third-place tie with ODU last season and has enough talent to throw a serious scare to ODU’s Big Dance dreams.

Matt Janning, Manny Adako, and Chaisson Allen, the top three scorers for the Huskies, all return. The Huskies are primed to move up in the standings and if the Monarchs should falter, they’ll be heading to NCAA tournament.


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