Old Dominion 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Old Dominion Monarchs - Colonial Athletic Association (24-8, 15-3)
Seed: #12 - Midwest Region
Big Wins: 11/19 at Georgetown (75-62), 2/1 at Drexel (62-52), 2/10 VCU (79-63)
Bad Losses: 11/29 at Marist (71-84), 1/17 at James Madison (75-72), 3/4 vs George Mason (63-79)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2005, First Round loss to Michigan State
Coach: Blaine Taylor (0-3 in 3 NCAA appearances)
Probable Old Dominion Starters:
Drew Williamson, Senior, Guard, 11.2 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.2 spg
Brian Henderson, Junior, Guard, 9.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Brandon Johnson, Junior, Guard, 8.2 ppg, 3.8 apg, 2.1 spg
Valdas Vasylius, Senior, Forward, 15.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Arnaud Dahi, Senior, Forward, 9.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Key Roleplayers for Old Dominion:
Abdi Lidonde, Junior, Guard, 4.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Gerald Lee, Freshman, Forward, 4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Jonathan Adams, Sophomore, Forward, 3.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Sam Harris, Junior, Center, 1.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
With a frontcourt of Valdas Vasylius and Arnaud Dahi, Old Dominion can battle with anybody under the basket. Despite being undersized at 6-7, the duo will work hard on the glass and grab plenty of rebounds. Vasylius will score from anywhere on the floor and Dahi continues to regain his form after injuring his knee in the NIT semifinals last year.
What has made the Monarchs so consistent is the point guard play of Drew Williamson. The 6-0 senior averages 4.5 assists and only 1.7 turnovers. He is not opposed to doing a little scoring either and is second on the team with 11.2 points per game. Williamson makes the rest of his team better and will have to lead the way if ODU is looking for March success once again.
Why Old Dominion Can Disappoint:
Besides just not having the same caliber of players as some of the bigger conference schools, ODU has no glaring weaknesses. They play smart, efficient basketball and it has proven to be successful. Vasylius and Dahi will run into the occasional foul difficulties and that leaves underclassmen Gerald Lee and Jonathan Adams, and crowd favorite Sam Harris, left to fill the minutes. Harris, a 7-3 center, has not quite turned into the player ODU fans hoped averaging under ten minutes per game, but the big guy is good for some blocks and rebounds.
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Who To Watch:
The Monarchs could use another backcourt scorer and Brian Henderson, Brandon Johnson and Abdi Lidonde usually fill that role. They all have the ability to be that scoring threat, but none are consistent. Henderson and Lidonde are decent outside shooters and Johnson will use his speed to get to the basket, but if one of them does not step up in any game, the Monarchs attack becomes much more predictable.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.1 (145th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 62.2 (36, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.4 (201, 8)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.2 (58, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.1 (80, 3)
Rebound Margin: 4.2 (50, 1)
Assists Per Game: 15.0 (71, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.3 (34, 4)
Joel’s Bracket Says: Sweet Sixteen loss to Florida
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