ODU men’s basketball receives first ever national ranking

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Even Athletics Director Wood Selig admitted he wasn’t ready for what he read on Monday. The Old Dominion men’s basketball program, 12-1 to start the season, received the no. 25 ranking by the Associated Press.

It’s the first time in program history the Monarchs have broken into the nation’s top 25. “This being the first time in the history of our program was a little surprising, in that this is a first,” said ODU Athletics Director Dr. Wood Selig, “But you always want to make history, you always want to be a part of history.”

The start to the season is also the best since the program became a full Division I in 1976-1977.

He added that given the history of the program, one that includes 11 trips to the NCAA tournament, it was a “bit surprising” this was the first time the Monarchs have been ranked.

“That is very rewarding,” said Selig, “I think it speaks to the job (Head Coach Jeff Jones) is doing…and I think the best days are still ahead for ODU basketball.”

Jones took over a team that won all of five games over the 2012-2013 season. His team the following season won 18 games, which was recognized as the best turnaround in all of college basketball.

The team will look to notch their thirteenth win of the season when they travel to Marshall on Thursday.

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