Team preview: Old Dominion
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
Old Dominion has steadily climbed up the Colonial Athletic Association standings the last three years, going from sixth to fourth to league champion.
Now the Monarchs, coming off a school-record 28-win season and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997, look poised to break through on the national scene. "Last year we played in front of sellout crowds and on national TV, so a lot of people got to see firsthand that this is a good program in a good league that can play good basketball against most everybody," fifth-year head coach Blaine Taylor said. "Hopefully it's going to keep getting better. We have a lot of guys back. Our kids deserve some credit."
Make no mistake. Old Dominion is a Top-25 caliber team. And with four returning starters, including the CAA Player of the Year, this is one of a select few mid-majors capable of grabbing a single-digit NCAA Tournament seeding.