Injuries and absences hampered Old Dominion's development early in the season, to the point where the Monarchs are just now rounding into form. Their latest issue figures to have minimal impact.

Monarchs coach Blaine Taylor will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a balky right knee he injured in late December. He's unsure if he'll miss practice early in the week or to what extent it will affect his ability to get around until after the surgery.

"The heartbeat of what's going on, I'll be keeping track of stuff," Taylor said. "We'll be business as usual, as much as possible."

Taylor said that his staff will take care of media obligations and other outside responsibilities on Monday and perhaps for several days. He said that it's not unusual for the staff to run practices occasionally if he's away recruiting. ODU next plays Thursday at home versus James Madison.

"If we were playing Wednesday, I'd be a little more itchy," he said.

Taylor injured the knee Dec. 30, when he sprang from his chair at halftime of the Missouri game to head to the locker room. His knee buckled, and he hobbled the remainder of the game. He has worn a brace and had regular treatment since.

The old college point guard (Montana, Class of 1981) said that he has cartilage damage and will have work done on his medial meniscus and posterior cruciate ligament.

He didn't want to wait until after the season to have surgery, but the five days between Saturday's game against William and Mary and next Thursday's versus JMU was the team's longest stretch without a game since the injury.

"The way things are going," he said, "I've been favoring the other one so much, I hope they do the medical mistake that always hear about. My other knee hurts worse than the one they shot up with all the steroids and Lidocaine."