If someone creates a college basketball tournament…Old Dominion is probably gonna go out and win it!
Old Dominion (25-13) capped off an interesting season with a 68-67 win late last night over Oakland to win the inaugural Vegas 16 Championship. Trey Freeman scored 24 points and was named tournament MVP. Aaron Bacote joined Freeman on the first team and Brandan Stith dominated the paint en route to a 14 point, 15 rebound “man’s game” effort. Denzell Taylor added ten rebounds and Nik Biberaj threw down a late dunk as part of a 3/3 night from the field.
— Glenn L. Pfister II (@GlennPfister) March 31, 2016
— ODU Men’s Basketball (@ODUMBB) March 31, 2016
I hope they enjoyed themselves…a 38 game season is a LOT of basketball, especially for one as shorthanded and with as many expectations as this particular one. Credit to Jeff Jones and company for finding a way to compile 25 wins. Just a little over a month ago the Monarchs were sitting at 15-12 after a humbling loss to Marshall. They regrouped to win 10 of their final 11 with the lone loss coming by one point vs Middle Tennessee State in the C-USA Championship game that was their fourth game in four days.
There will be plenty of time to speculate on next season but Trey Freeman will be participating in the Reese’s All Star Game tomorrow at the Final Four in Houston.
Congratulations to the seniors for a special career. Aaron Bacote experienced some extreme highs and lows in his time at ODU. Credit to him for sticking with the program and finishing as ODU’s 14th leading scorer in school history. Bacote scored in double digits in his final nine games as a Monarch.