Old Dominion Monarchs Basketball Conference
The Old Dominion Monarchs basketball team is a top competitor in the
Conference USA, which they have been a member of since 1951. The Monarchs fight against tough C-USA teams all year long, including
NCAA Tournament regulars like the UTEP Miners, UAB Blazers and Charlotte 49ers. The Monarchs' run in Division 1 of the NCAA
has seen them through tons of conference battles and rivalries, and to date the Monarchs have collected 11 NCAA Tournament
As part of the Conference USA, the Monarchs are in a constant battle for the No. 1 seed in the division,
in attempts to make it to the Big Dance year after year. The Memphis Tigers were seen as a huge threat in the C-USA as an
Old Dominion competitor until the Tigers' decision to leave C-USA for the Big East Conference in 2013-14, and the shakeup
in the conference is part of what makes the C-USA one of the top conferences to watch these days, as the Tigers had topped
the C-USA Tournament seven of the last eight years of their tenure in the Conference USA. Will the Monarchs become the new
'it' team in the C-USA?
Old Dominion Monarchs Basketball Tournament History
As part of the ultra competitive
Conference USA, the Old Dominion Monarchs have almost as much competition getting into the NCAA Tournament as they do when
the brackets are actually drawn. The Monarchs were a staple in the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament, even winning
the national Division II championship in 1975. Their luck with Division I basketball has been a little grittier, as the team
hasn't moved past the second round of tournament play since the '80s, but with Memphis now out of the C-USA, we might be able
to expect the Monarchs to come back into power and build a strong team in the conference to propel their momentum into the
The Monarchs last reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2010, after squeaking past Notre
Dame by one point in the first round. Old Dominion lost to Baylor in the second round in 2010, but that taste of initial success
in the Big Dance is still lingering for the Monarchs, who are looking for another postseason berth this year. The Monarchs
last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2011, but with a solid showing in the C-USA this season, the team could be on their
way to another grind in the tournament.
Old Dominion Monarchs Basketball NBA Players
Although Old Dominion
hasn't been seen as a huge C-USA powerhouse in the last few years, the team has still churned out some hugely successful players
even after their respective college days. The Monarchs have seen several players go on to NBA fame after playing ball for
Old Dominion, starting in 1977 with Wilson Washington. After leading the Monarchs to a Division II championship in 1975, Washington
was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA draft, and played in the league through the 1979 season,
when he left the New Jersey Nets.
There have been several other players go onto the NBA after playing for the Monarchs,
including hotshots like Ronnie Valentine, Dave Twardzik, Kenny Gattison, Chris Gatling, Mark Davis, Mark West and Cal Bowdler.
Most recently, Old Dominion sent Kent Bazemore into the NBA after his tenure with the Monarchs. Bazemore won the Lefty Driesell
Award for National Defensive Player of the Year while with the Monarchs in 2011, and was picked up by the Golden State Warriors
Old Dominion Monarchs Basketball Trivia
If you've followed the CollegeInsider.com Postseason
Tournament (CIT) since its creation in 2009, you probably know that the tournament targets mid-major schools that have missed
play time in the NCAA Tournament. The Old Dominion Monarchs are one team that has really come out to shine in the CIT, setting
the precedent for the tourney during the first year of its existence in 2009. The Monarchs took home the CIT title in the
tournament's inaugural big event, beating Bradley for the title. The '09 CIT featured 16 teams including the Citadel, Bradley,
Drake, James Madison and Oakland, while today the tournament continue to grow, featuring 32 teams.
The Monarchs haven't
won a big tournament since their '09 CIT title, but this year could change things with the departure of the Memphis Tigers
from the Conference USA. Do the Monarchs have what it takes to top the C-USA and get a running start in the NCAA Tournament
this season? With coaching by Jeff Jones and some solid talent on the roster, anything is possible for the Monarchs. Fans
of the Monarchs cheer on the team to victory at their home arena, the Ted Constant Convocation Center, in Norfolk, Virginia,
and Monarchs fans might have a little something extra to cheer about this season if the team is indeed en route to another
big year in the NCAA.