March 4, 2012
A big thanks to our bloggers

Thanks so much to Dana Allen, Clay Ransone, Hugh Miller, Cameron King and Sarah Brunke for helping bring the CAA Tournament to life. Go Monarchs!

— Brendan

March 4, 2012
Keep Your Heads Up

Tough loss, hate to see the guys go out on a rough shooting night. They never gave up though. Enjoyed blogging with all of you. Safe travels to all. —Hugh

March 4, 2012
Iliadis will leave Old Dominion with a treasure trove of memories

A solitary figure, backpack slung over one shoulder, walked toward the court of the Richmond Coliseum after a quiet word with his coach.

Reduced to a spectator after a serious knee injury two weeks ago, Trian Iliadis spent his final CAA Tournament encouraging his teammates from the bench, offering what support he could. It wasn’t how¬†he wanted to end his ODU career, but in the moments after the game, Iliadis reflected on four life-changing years as a Monarch.

"It’s been an experience I’m never going to forget," Iliadis said. "To come halfway around the world and play games, win championships, the teammates I’ve had, some of the best guys I’ve ever been around, the coaches — it’s something that I’m going to remember the rest of my life."

Monarch fans will remember Iliadis as a long-distance shooter, a good teammate, a smart player and an even-smarter student. He’ll remember them as another family in his time playing basketball halfway around the globe.

"When I got here, the first game, I realized I’m in a special place," he said. "I just want to say thank you to the fans for accepting me. I didn’t know as a foreigner how I’d be accepted, and they loved me as soon as I got here. I couldn’t ask for anything more. And my teammates and coaches, they’re my brothers. They’ll be friends the rest of my life."

Iliadis said his knee is recovering well from last Wednesday’s surgery, and he hopes to be back on the court soon, forever a Monarch.

March 4, 2012
"I’ve had a great time here. I’ve had a chance to play with some great players — Gerald (Lee), Frank (Hassell), Ben (Finney), Darius (James). We’ve been to two tournaments, we’ve won two rings. It’s been a great time. I’m gonna miss it."

— Chris Cooper

March 4, 2012
"Our journey this year has been one that has, personally, been very enrinching to be part of. We were sitting there in December with seven wins, and I was kind of wondering where we were headed. We ended up with the magical 20, which means you had a pretty good season. … As the two-time defending champions, I thought we came in here and carried ourselves with pride and dignity. And now we shake hands with the victors, and move on."

— Blaine Taylor

March 4, 2012

Halftime during the Drexel game. Things aren’t looking great. The student section today is feeling the deficit of the scoreboard and it shows. Hoping for somebody to catch fire in the second half to get us back into it. In Baze, we trust! - Cameron

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March 4, 2012
Monarchs vs Drexel

Not much to be said but one thing comes to mind: “Just win baby”—Al Davis. —Clay

March 4, 2012

The Monarch Maniacs, pumped up for today’s tipoff. — Brendan

March 4, 2012
Semifinal Sunday Warmups—Clay

Semifinal Sunday Warmups—Clay

March 4, 2012
Previously On Monarch Basketball—Clay

Previously On Monarch Basketball—Clay

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