Guilford Picked First in ODAC Men's Basketball Poll

Guilford Picked First in ODAC Men's Basketball Poll

SALEM, Va. - Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men's basketball coaches tabbed defending league champion Guilford College first in the 2017-18 ODAC Preseason Poll. The poll was released Thursday as part of the league's annual media day at the Salem Civic Center.

Guilford receives the honor following a 2016-17 season that saw the Quakers take home both the regular-season and ODAC Tournament crowns. Guilford received eight first-place votes and 117 overall points. Second-place Randolph-Macon College received two first-place votes (104 points). The final two first-place votes were split among third-place Virginia Wesleyan University (95 points) and fourth-place Emory & Henry College (93 points).

Guilford finished last season at 24-6, which includes its 63-53 victory over Emory & Henry in the ODAC Championship that secured their spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Quakers opened the tournament with a commanding 74-54 victory over Thomas More College in the first round, but their year ended in Marietta, Ohio, as the Quakers fell in the second round at Marietta College, 88-64.

Head coach Tom Palombo, last season's ODAC Coach of the Year, welcomes back junior Carson Long along with other key students from last season's championship squad. The 2017 First-Team All-ODAC forward led the Quakers with 14.2 points per game, 159 field goals made and 66 three-pointers. Another key returner is junior big man Alston Thompson, who received Third Team All-ODAC honors last season and was the ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2016.  

The Quakers open the season at Greensboro College Wednesday, November 15 at 7 p.m. Guilford opens its home schedule two days later in the Guilford College Classic versus Concordia (Texas) University. It opens conference play against Washington and Lee University November 29.

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Guilford College (8)

117 pts.

2. Randolph-Macon College (2)

104 pts.

3. Virginia Wesleyan University (1)

95 pts.

4. Emory & Henry College (1)

93 pts.

5. Roanoke College

84 pts.

6. Lynchburg College

70 pts.

7. Washington and Lee University

54 pts.

8. Hampden-Sydney College

51 pts.

9. Eastern Mennonite University

46 pts.

10. Randolph College

36 pts.

11. Bridgewater College

24 pts.

12. Shenandoah University

18 pts.