ODU’s hot start gaining national respect

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Two days after what looked like a relatively easy win over then 14th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth, the job for Jeff Jones now is to keep his team level-headed.

Old Dominion’s second-year head coach has his Monarchs 5-1, and receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. After hearing that on Monday, Jones smiled, slightly chuckled and said, “That’s great.

“Hopefully we can play well enough to be included.”

Then came what you would expect from anybody who’s been around the coaching game long enough…”We’re not going to worry about that,” said Jones, “We’re going to worry about what’s in front of us.”

As far as what’s behind them, ODU has some solid non-conference wins over Richmond, LSU and VCU. As to what’s ahead of them, hopefully better basketball says Jones. “We aren’t even close to be as good and we have a lot of improving we need to do. As good as the VCU game was, there were a lot of breakdowns. We can and we need to play better.”

It’s hard to imagine Aaron Bacote playing any better than he did on Saturday, when he hit a perfect 8-of-8 shots from the field and all four of his 3-point tries for a total of 31 points. That performance earned him a National Player of the Week honor by both CollegeInsider.com and College Sports Madness.

Bacote and the Monarchs will try for their sixth win on Wednesday, when they head to George Mason.

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