The Old Dominion Monarchs men's and women's teams just fell short of making the big dance. They both played very competitively in their conference tournaments and have plenty to look forward to next season. The 2019-2020 season was cancelled last year as the world was adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic and all teams were deprived of any opportunity for playing for a national championship. The 2020-2021 season featured several requirements and protocols that teams were obligated in following to assure the safety and health of the players and staff. Teams were having to acclimate to a "bubble" atmosphere, regular Covid-19 testing, and other safety measures implemented by NCAA.
The season faced minimum set backs but was able to complete due to regular monitoring, testing, and plans put in place that yielded remarkable success. This incredible job by players and staff gave us back some of that energy and love of the game that we lost last year when the season was shut down. We were able to enjoy the sound of sneakers squeaking on the hardwood, buzzer beaters, and players putting on heroic performances.
As we make our way through March, the tournament that everyone has grown to love and appreciate has returned. The players and staff are still required to follow specific instructions and all the games are being played in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. This procedure was adopted by the NBA and how they were able to proceed with their playoffs last year at Disney World. If teams are unable to meet the necessary conditions they could find themselves excused from the tournament which is what happened to Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU was required to forfeit their game versus University of Oregon in the first round, bringing an end to the Rams season without even lacing them up.
We are in full swing and getting exactly what we anticipate when it comes to the brackets of March Madness, upsets and Cinderella stories. We have already witness some incredible upsets with #13 seeded Ohio Bobcats knocking off #4 seeded Virginia Cavaliers. Loyola Chicago Ramblers and Oral Roberts Golden Eagles continue to sport the slipper and show that they belong with the big dogs. ESPN's Bracketology has already eliminated all participants from a flawless bracket which is why it makes this time of the year so exciting. When the 2021-2022 season begins for the Monarchs, lets make sure we get out there and support our beloved men's and women's teams because you never know who the next Cinderella story could be.