College Men’s Basketball News – Guilford Tabbed Fourth in ODAC Coaches’ Poll

SALEM, Va. – Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men’s basketball coaches picked Guilford College fourth in their annual preseason poll. The league released the rankings Thursday at the annual ODAC Men’s Basketball Media Day at the Salem Civic Center, site of the league’s postseason tournament.

Defending league champion Randolph-Macon College secured eight of 12 first-place votes and earned the top ranking with 117 points. Hampden-Sydney College stands second with 114 points and the remaining four first-place nods. Virginia Wesleyan followed with 102 points. Guilford rounded out the top four with 91 points, 25 in front of fifth-place Randolph College.

Head coach Tom Palombo starts his 11th season on Guilford’s sidelines with three starters among 12 letter winners back from last year’s unit that placed fifth at the 2013 ODAC Tournament. After losing a three-time First Team All-ODAC selection in Josh Pittman, the Quakers will look to Third Team All-ODAC guard Matt McCarthy (Rockville, Md./ Good Counsel) (13.7 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 50 steals) to pick up some of the scoring slack. He led the ODAC last year with 86 three-pointers. Sophomore center Zeb Richardson (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) (10.6 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 31 blocks) returns after a solid freshman campaign that saw him finish tied for fourth among the league’s rebounding leaders.

The Quakers also welcome back senior Jake Hopkins (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), who averaged 8.7 points and 8.2 boards per game, and had a 53.9 field-goal percentage. Hopkins stood third among ODAC rebounding leaders.

Guilford opens its 107th recorded basketball season Nov. 11 with an exhibition at Coastal Carolina University at 7:00 p.m. The Quakers open their regular season Nov. 15 at home versus LaGrange College.


       (#) Denotes First Place Votes
    1. Randolph-Macon (8)   117 pts.
    2. Hampden-Sydney (4)   114 pts.
    3. Virginia Wesleyan    102 pts.
    4. Guilford              91 pts.
    5. Randolph              66 pts.
    6. Lynchburg             64 pts.
    7. Eastern Mennonite     62 pts.
    8. Bridgewater           54 pts.
    8. Washington and Lee    54 pts.
   10. Roanoke              30 pts.
   11. Emory & Henry        22 pts.
   12. Shenandoah           16 pts.