Posts Tagged ‘Old Dominion’

Posts Tagged ‘Old Dominion’

CAA Preview: Old Dominion Monarchs

October 16th, 2012

Last Year: 22-14 (13-5 CAA) 4th in the CAA, Lost to Drexel in the semifinals of the CAA tournament, Lost to Mercer in the quarterfinals of the CIT after losing Kent Bazemore when he was arrested.

What Happened: Old Dominion started its season against a strong non-conference schedule culminating in hard-fought losses to Kentucky and Missouri. However, they were unable to parlay the tough play into a real resume-building win, only overtaking a mediocre USF in Connecticut. However, they turned things around by midseason after winning eight of nine in CAA play. Their fourth place finish was guaranteed by the fact that they never were able to beat the top three of Drexel, George Mason and VCU, home or away.

Key Losses:

  • Kent Bazemore (G/F): The go-to guy for Taylor’s Monarchs last year. When he got hot, Bazemore was one of the premier scorers in the CAA. Not to be outdone, his work on the defensive end was what caught the Gold State Warriors attention in the Summer League as he recently signed a two-year deal. His work was noticed in the NCAA as well where he received the 2011 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award for his hard work and antagonizing defensive play. His loss will be irreplaceable to Old Dominion. However, all the accolades and success were overshadowed by his arrest during the CIT quarterfinals for a DUI he committed last summer.
  • Chris Cooper (F): Cooper played a great 1B player for this Monarch’s team. A monster down low, he was one of a few group to average a double-double with 11.3 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game collectively. His presence was highlighted when he grabbed his home arena’s, the Ted, record 22 rebounds against James Madison. Old Dominion will be hard pressed to replace his presence in the post.
  • Trian Iliadis: (G): This promising veteran seemed to be finally primed to put together a fantastic season for Old Dominion. Unfortunately, his senior season was cut short in February when he tore his ACL. He had developed into a guard that helped do everything from dishing out dimes, finishing third on the team, to picking the other teams’ pockets; he finished with the second most steals on the team. While he never really took over games, but was a constant threat on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Key Returnees:

  • Nick Wright (F): This leader is on track to be co-captain with his other senior, and has adapted the frantic pre-season workouts of a man that knows it’s his final season. Most importantly, he’ll have to get it together off the court after he was suspended for the first three games. On the court, he’s going to have to develop into a continual threat if ODU wants to compete with the top teams. Wright put together some great stretches, highlighted by an early season run of four double-digit point games but was plagued with stretches of ineffectiveness.
  • DeShawn Painter (F): Recently transferred from NC State. He was considered by some to be the Wolfpack’s best reserve. The NCAA cleared him, so that he did not have to sit out a year, after a heartfelt decision to return closer to home in order to be near his ailing grandmother. Working with Wright, the two have dedicated themselves to mentoring the young team into one that will work hard to continue the Old Dominion success the school has come to expect. In order to complete that goal, he’ll have to improve after averaging 6.2 ppg and 4.3 rpg off he bench.


It’s hard to ever count a Blaine Taylor coached team out. But given the fact that the Monarchs cannot win the CAA conference due to the impending move to Conference USA, it is hard to imagine them staying focused if they don’t perform in their early-season nonconference games. If they do underperform, they might meander to a finish in the middle of the pack. Instead of concentrating on the team, Taylor might instead let the upperclassmen begin to work on their profiles out of college and allow the coach time to experiment with his young team. However, if they surprise and win some of those high profile out-of-conference games we could see a very focused and committed team that surprises in the CAA.

-Brandon Challener

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CAA Tournament Live Blog: Day Three

March 4th, 2012

We’re down to four teams in the 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. On Saturday, four more teams (UNCW, Delaware, Northeastern, Georgia State) were eliminated and sent home. Only the top four seeds remain, and only two wins separate these teams from the Big Dance.

Though Northeastern’s season is over, Patrick McHugh and Andy Towne are still in Richmond for the tournament. Unfortunately due to increased media coverage from other outlets, we will be unable to do a running blog of the tournament from press row. Instead, check out WRBB Sports and CAA Full Court Press on their respective Twitter handles to stay updated on semifinal action.

Two afternoon games will take place today. Here’s how it looks:

2 p.m. – #1 Drexel vs. #4 Old Dominion
4:30 p.m. – #2 VCU vs. #3 George Mason

These are truly the best four teams in the conference, and considering the run the CAA has made in the NCAA Tournament in years past, it isn’t a stretch to say these teams could make a run into late March. It should be another great day of CAA basketball.

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CAA Tournament Live Blog: Day Two

March 3rd, 2012

Four teams (James Madison, Towson, William & Mary, Hofstra) saw their respective seasons end on Friday, and four more will taste defeat today. This is the quarterfinals of the 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Once again, Patrick McHugh and Andy Towne are live in Richmond to provide coverage of each and every game. The stakes have been raised higher and the dream of a championship is becoming clearer. WRBB Sports will update you on all of the games, as well as provide live coverage of Northeastern vs. VCU at 6 p.m., with pregame coverage starting at 5:45.

Four more games are on the schedule today. Here’s how it looks:

12 p.m. – #1 Drexel vs. #9 UNCW
2:30 p.m. – #4 Old Dominion vs. #5 Delaware
6 p.m. – #2 VCU vs. #7 Northeastern
8:30 p.m. – #3 George Mason vs. #6 Georgia State

UNCW and Drexel are set to tip off, so let’s get to it. Read more…

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Previewing the CAA Awards Banquet

March 1st, 2012

The 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off in less than 24 hours. While Thursday is the calm before the storm, the league will take time this evening to recognize the top performers of the 2011-12 season with the CAA Awards Banquet.

First, let’s explore picks from pundits Mike Litos of, Mark Selig of, Tim Pearrell of The Richmond Times-Dispatch,  Brian Mull of The Wilmington Star News and Phil Kasiecki of

The honors will be handed out at the banquet, which begins at 7 p.m., but let’s take a look at the awards and what hardware we think Northeastern could go home with.

Player of the Year: Pretty much self-explanatory. The top player in the league is recognized with this award, and for the first time since 2009 the award will not say “Charles Jenkins” on it. The former Hofstra standout won the award in 2010 and 2011, and before that VCU’s Eric Maynor claimed the title in 2008 and 2009. The major candidates this year are Ryan Pearson of George Mason and Frantz Massenat of Drexel, although Kent Bazemore of ODU is getting consideration as well.
Northeastern candidate: If I had to go with one I’d say junior captain Jonathan Lee, who led the team in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three point percentage and assists and was second in the league in minutes per game. Likelihood: None.
My pick: Pearson. Struggled down the stretch but averaged 17.8/8.5 for a team with a new coach that lost two of its three leading scorers from a season ago. Pearson is also a senior, and like it or not experience will push him past Massenat, a sophomore. Read more…

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ODU 69, NU 57: Monarchs Maneuver Past Huskies Late, Sweep Season Series

January 24th, 2012

What happened?

Forty-eight hours after dropping a 71-53 decision at Drexel Saturday afternoon, the Huskies were back in action Monday evening at Old Dominion. The Huskies didn’t seem to show any fatigue from the short rest and long bus ride to Norfolk, Va. Quincy Ford nailed a three and converted a layup down low for the Huskies’ first five points, and both teams traded buckets over the game’s first 10 minutes. An advantage on the glass and added scoring punch off the bench from Chris Cooper and Trian Iliadis allowed the Monarchs to build a lead as large as 11 over the next five minutes. NU big man Kauri Black got going late by scoring six points and adding a block and two assists in the final minutes of the half to help the visitors get back in the game and trail 28-25 at halftime.

More hard work on the backboards allowed ODU to push ahead in the second half, grabbing an eight point lead with 9:55 to play. Northeastern hung around, however, and pressure defense forced turnovers which the Huskies converted into points to trail 49-47 with 6:50 to play.

The turning point of the game came with 4:44 to play. With the Huskies trailing 53-49, a poor inbounds pass was intercepted by Cooper near midcourt. Trying to prevent an easy layup or dunk, Black reached out and grabbed Cooper around the waist. The officials deemed the foul intentional, allowing ODU to get two free throws and the ball while Black’s night was done with five fouls. The momentum swing doomed the Huskies, who went 4:53 without a field goal. A late 11-1 run sealed a 69-57 victory for the hosts. Read more…

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Press Pass: Basketball at Old Dominion

January 24th, 2012

Northeastern head coach Bill Coen talks about his team falling short Monday night at Old Dominion.

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ODU guards Marquel De Lancey and Donte Hill step up to the mic and discuss what got them over the hump against the Huskies.
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Monarchs head coach Blaine Taylor said he was proud of his “prizefighting” team for battling against a game Northeastern squad.
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This week on WRBB Sports

January 23rd, 2012

Monday, January 23

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Basketball Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies at Old Dominion Monarchs
from the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.
with Patrick McHugh and Brandon Challener

Wednesday, January 25

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Basketball Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies vs. Delaware Blue Hens
from Matthews Arena
with Andy Towne, Coray Runge, and David Kroopnick

Thursday, January 26

8:00 p.m. – Hockey East This Week

Friday, January 27

3:00 p.m. – Dog Pound Sports Sound
With live reports from Burlington, Vermont

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Hockey Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey: Huskies at Vermont Catamounts
from Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt.
with Alex Faust and Ben Horner

Saturday, January 28

11:45 a.m. – Huskies Basketball Pre-Game
12:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies vs. Hofstra Pride
from Matthews Arena
with Andy Towne, Chris Tramontozzi, and TBA

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Hockey Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey: Huskies at Vermont Catamounts
from Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt.
with Alex Faust and Ben Horner

Sunday, January 29

2:00 p.m. – Northeastern Women’s Basketball: Huskies vs. William & Mary Tribe
from Solomon Court
with Brandon Challener and Coray Runge
Live on WRBB Sports Extra

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Catching up with NU basketball’s non-conference opponents

December 29th, 2011

Though only about a third of the games have been played, this is a good time of year to step back and look at where the Northeastern men’s basketball team is at. The majority of the non-conference schedule has been played, with the exception of a tilt at Vermont on Friday and the BracketBusters game against a still to-be-determined opponent in late February. After winning three of their first four, the Huskies have  now dropped six straight and head into the weekend of the new year with a 3-7 overall record, including one conference game.

It’s a slate that features just two power conference teams, in St. John’s (Big East) and NC State (Atlantic Coast), but it has proven to be yet another challenging non-league schedule nonetheless. That is not to be unexpected, however, as Bill Coen tends to schedule strong mid-major opponents to prepare his team for the challenges of the Colonial Athletic Association. Before the season started, nearly every one of these games could have been considered winnable – some more than others, but none that Northeastern seemed to have absolutely no shot at winning. After the victory at St. John’s, it seemed like the Huskies would be on a roll and even the tougher games like NC State, which many expected to be a loss to begin with, seemed more winnable than they had.

Here’s an update on each of the ten teams Northeastern has played so far this year, plus a look at the Huskies’ next opponent, Vermont – click the team name to read our recap from each of those games (all records are through Wednesday, December 28):

Boston University: 4-8 (1-3 home, 0-0 America East) – 82-74 win (OT)

After starting the season on a 4-game losing streak, the Terriers won their next four over Rhode Island, CAA members Hofstra and Delaware, then Boston College to even their record. They have lost all four since then, with two games remaining before AE play begins at Vermont on January 5 (at La Salle, 12/29; at Quinnipiac, 12/31). Just two of the losses have come by fewer than seven points, while only one of the wins was decided by more than seven (75-61 at BC).

University of Massachusetts: 10-3 (6-0 home, 0-0 Atlantic 10) – 83-67 loss

In contrast to BU, the Minutemen started with four wins, lost three of five including a 1-2 record at the Paradise Jam in the Bahamas, and are currently riding a four-game win streak. Each of the recent wins have been close, but all of the team’s first six wins were decided by double-digits including a 36-point blowout at BC and a 30-point trouncing of Towson. They’ll have one more non-con game vs. Central Connecticut (12/30) before opening their A10 slate vs. Fordham. UMass will then finish their out-of-conference schedule at La Salle before returning to Atlantic 10 play for the rest of the regular season.

Southern Illinois: 3-8 (1-2 away, 0-0 Missouri Valley Conference) – 64-57 win

It’s been a tough season in Carbondale, where the Salukis fell to Division II Ohio Dominican to start the year before a 19-point loss at the hands of Saint Louis and a trip to Boston that resulted in yet another loss at Matthews Arena. The three wins were all decisive, but came against Chicago State (0-13), Northern Illinois (0-11) and SIU-Edwardsville (2-7). The only OOC game remaining for SIU is the BracketBusters game, as they start MVC play at Evansville on Thursday.

St. John’s: 7-5 (7-1 home, 1-0 Big East) – 78-64 win

With a similar pattern to UMass, the Red Storm opened the season with three straight wins, including their season opener against William & Mary in the 2K Sports Classic, before dropping five of six with three more wins since their last loss. They have already started Big East play with a 91-67 win over Providence on Tuesday that saw Moe Harkless post 32 points, a record for Big East freshmen in his conference debut. Their only non-conference game remaining is UCLA on February 18 – although with the Big ‘East’ expansion, the Bruins will probably be joining the conference before too long.

La Salle: 8-4 (5-0 home, 0-0 Atlantic 10) – 68-51 loss

By looking strictly at the record, an 8-4 mark might be a surprise for the team picked to finish last in the A10. However, despite a few blowouts, their 26-point win over Bucknell (8-6) is perhaps their most impressive. They also defeated CAA foe James Madison, 92-83, and smoked the still-winless Towson by 36. The losses are actually the brightest point of optimism for La Salle, after staying within seven at Villanova and four at Pittsburgh, and falling to an underrated Delaware team by just four on the road. The Explorers have two non-con games, next vs. Boston University on Thursday, then two A10 games before their final OOC game of the year at Penn.

*Old Dominion: 6-6 (1-2 away, 1-0 CAA) – 69-59 loss

The Monarchs started with a 63-46 drubbing by Northern Iowa (10-2) at home. Three straight wins, including the first win by a CAA team over a power conference team in a 68-66 victory over South Florida, and just a 10-point loss to #2 Kentucky in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun seemed to have ODU back on track before a 10-point overtime loss at home against Vermont. After that game, they beat East Carolina and Northeastern, lost to Fairfield, Central Florida and Richmond (OT), then beat Virginia Military Institute. They’ll host #8 Missouri on Friday before returning to CAA action at James Madison on Monday.

Bradley: 5-8 (4-3 home, 0-1 Missouri Valley Conference) – 79-68 loss

Another team of streaks, the Braves started 2011-12 with three wins, then lost four in a row, won two, and have lost their last four. The latest streak started with a 73-68 loss at Drexel. That run also includes a one-point loss vs. Western Carolina, an 11-point defeat at the hands of #19 Michigan, and a 90-51 shellacking by Wichita State at home to open the MVC portion of their schedule. With the exception of BracketBusters, each of their remaining games will be against conference opponents.

Princeton: 6-7 (3-4 away, 0-0 Ivy) – 71-62 loss

The Ivy Leaguers started by winning just one of six, then won five of six. Their only game since the trip to Boston on December 18 resulted in a 4-point loss at Siena. The Tigers are in a stretch of 11 straight road games against Division 1 opponents when they won’t play any home games during the months of December and January with the exception of The College of New Jersey (Division III) on January 8, lasting from December 7 at Rutgers to February 4 at Yale. They’ll have a pair of games in Tallahassee, against Florida State on Friday and Florida A&M on Sunday, then their tune-up against TCNJ before opening the Ivy schedule at Cornell on January 13.

Louisiana Tech: 7-6 (5-0 home, 0-0 WAC) – 56-53 loss

A team that has been up and down over the past few years, a weak schedule has the Bulldogs looking like they’re back on the up – for now. They haven’t lost a home non-conference game since December of 2007, though they’ve had several close calls this season. Each of their last four wins, which were all at home, came by three points or fewer with a one point, double overtime win over Northwestern State. After Arkansas, who La Tech lost to by 14 in their last game, the only teams with much name recognition are Wyoming, McNeese State and Arkansas-Little Rock. According to, their strength of schedule ranks 306th in the country. They have two more non-conference games before starting WAC play, including NAIA Spring Hill on Thursday (their second non-Division 1 opponent after D-III Mississippi College to start the season) and Southern Methodist on Sunday.

North Carolina State: 8-4 (6-2 home, 0-0 ACC) – 88-59 loss

New head coach Mark Gottfried has the Wolfpack energized and in control, exciting fans and local media with a strong start to the 2011-12 season. The ‘Pack has three games left before starting their league schedule, with their next tilt coming against Campbell in their on-campus gym, the Reynolds Coliseum (instead of the RBC Center, their normal home arena). With no bad losses, a win over Texas and a couple other decent victories, NC State looks to keep rolling into conference play and hopes to make some noise in a weak ACC.

Vermont: 6-7 (1-3 home, 0-0 America East)

The Catamounts have a solid balance in the difficulty of their schedule. After beginning the year with a two-point defeat at South Florida, they bounced back with wins over Dartmouth and Marist. A loss to Long Island was followed by an overtime win at Old Dominion and a home victory over Siena. A five-game losing streak may look like a rough patch, but that included a 7-point loss to Harvard (in the week preceding the first-ever appearance in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls in program history), a 4-point loss to Quinnipiac and a 1-point loss to Iona are nothing to be ashamed of. The contest against Northeastern will be their last before traveling to Stony Brook, last year’s AE runner-up, to open the conference slate.

For those wondering what next year’s non-conference schedule will be like, it is very similar to this one. Not all of the opponents will be the same, but BU, UMass, La Salle and Vermont are expected to make a return trip to Boston, while the Huskies will travel to Princeton. In addition, UNC Asheville owes a return to Northeastern as part of the BracketBusters contract from last year, and NU will be playing in the Great Alaska Shootout over Thanksgiving break against a field that will be announced in March or April. They will also have a road BracketBusters game, leaving room for just two more opponents to reach the total of 27 games plus the tournament allowed by the NCAA.

In the coming days, we’ll evaluate the team’s performance as they head into the meat of the conference schedule. In the meantime, be sure to tune into WRBB Sports as we bring you live action of three Huskies athletic events this weekend, including the basketball team’s game at Vermont on Friday and a pair of hockey games at the Mariucci Classic in Minnesota.

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This week on WRBB Sports

November 28th, 2011

Monday, November 28

7:00 p.m. – CAA Full Court Press
Thanksgiving Recap

Wednesday, November 30

6:45 p.m. - Northeastern Basketball Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies at La Salle Explorers
from Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, Pa.
with Andy Towne and Patrick McHugh

Thursday, December 1

9:00 p.m. – Hockey East This Week

Friday, December 2

3:00 p.m. – Dog Pound Sports Sound
with live reports from South Bend, Indiana

6:45 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey: Huskies at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
from Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.
with Alex Faust, Jared Shafran, and Ben Horner

Saturday, December 3

12:45 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball Pre-Game
1:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies vs. Old Dominion Monarchs
from Matthews Arena
with Andy Towne and Chris Tramontozzi

6:45 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey: Huskies at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
from Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.
with Jared Shafran, Ben Horner, and Alex Faust

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