ODU Announces 2004-05 Men's Basketball Schedule

August 27, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Aug. 27, 2004

NORFOLK, VA--The 2004-05 Old Dominion University men's basketball schedule will feature games against eight teams who participated in post season play in 2004, five of whom were NCAA tournament participants. The schedule includes a home date with St. Joseph's, along with a four-game exempt tournament and a road game at DePaul. ODU will have 12 non-conference games this season, with six at home. The five NCAA teams from a year ago are St. Joseph's, DePaul, Liberty, East Tennessee State, and CAA rival Virginia Commonwealth. Kent State, and CAA rivals Drexel and George Mason competed in the NIT. "There is a tremendous anticipation around our program as we approach the upcoming season," said ODU head coach Blaine Taylor. "We feel our schedule, which features eight post season teams and five conference champions, will challenge our team in many different ways every night. Our patience in the process has paid off as we were able to add conference champions like East Tennessee State, DePaul along with Kent State late to our schedule. In these tough times that exempt events are facing, the fact that we have added four additional games will be a very good experience for our program." St. Joseph's, ranked as high as second nationally last year, reached the NCAA Elite Eight and returns to the Constant Center on Dec. 22. East Tennessee State comes to ODU for the first time on Dec. 18. The Buccaneers have won the Southern Conference title the last two straight years. DePaul returns to the Monarchs schedule for the first time since 1987-88. The two teams will meet on Sunday, Jan. 2 in Chicago, IL, with the Blue Demons coming to Norfolk in 2005-06. DePaul reached the NCAA second round last year, and were the regular season champions of Conference USA. ODU will travel to Lynchburg, VA for the first time to play Liberty University in the Vine Center on Dec. 7, and play a Sunday game at East Carolina on Dec. 12. Liberty, the Big South champions, played St. Joseph's in the NCAA first round last year. The Corpus Christi Challenge is a four-game exempt tournament which the Monarchs will open the event at home on Nov. 22 against Kent State, the Mid American Conference East Division champion and only the MAC team to win 20 or more games six straight years. ODU then travels to Corpus Christi, TX. for two games over the Thanksgiving holiday against Shawnee State and host Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The tournament final game will be on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, TX against Texas Christian, a member of Conference USA. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Islanders) was 10-3 at home last year, and are coached by Ronnie Arrow who was the head coach at South Alabama when they defeated ODU in the 1991 Sun Belt Conference championship game. Former Sun Belt rival South Alabama will open the Monarchs regular season on Nov. 20 in the Constant Center as part of the University's Homecoming weekend. ODU will then play VMI on Dec. 1 and open CAA play at home with William and Mary on Dec. 4. With the new NCAA regulations on exhibition games, ODU will play Elizabeth City State on Nov. 2 and Carleton University of Canada on Nov. 11. The Monarchs return four starters including All-CAA center Alex Loughton and All-CAA guard Isaiah Hunter. ODU also returns CAA All-Rookie selection Arnaud Dahi, along with Valdas Vasylius and guard Drew Williamson. The Monarchs also welcome another stellar recruiting class in 7-3 Sam Harris, (Newnham, Tasmania, Australia), 6-1 guard Brandon Johnson (Orlando, FL.), and 6-6 forward Jason Thompson (Chatham, NC.). The Monarchs lost only two seniors to graduation in Third Team All-CAA forward John Waller and guard Troy Nance who ranked fifth in the CAA in assists. For more information, contact the Athletic Public Relations Office at 683-3372.


Oct. 28 (Thurs) Blue-White Exhibition Nov. 2 (Tue.) Elizabeth City State (Exh.) Nov. 11(Thurs) Carleton University -Canada (Exh.) Nov. 20(Sat) SOUTH ALABAMA Nov. 22 (Mon.) KENT STATE# Nov. 27 (Sat.) Shawnee State # Nov. 28 (Sun.) at Texas A&M Corpus Christi# Dec. 1 (Wed.) VMI Dec. 4 (Sat.) WILLIAM & MARY * Dec. 7 (Tue.) at Liberty Dec. 12 (Sun) at East Carolina Dec. 18 (Sat.) EAST TENNESSEE STATE Dec. 20 (Mon.) LONGWOOD Dec. 22 (Wed.) ST. JOSEPH'S Dec. 30 (Sun.) at Texas Christian# Jan. 2 (Sun.) at DePaul Jan. 5 (Wed.) at Drexel* Jan. 8 (Sat.) JAMES MADISON* Jan. 12 (Wed.) at Towson* Jan. 15 (Sat.) GEORGE MASON* Jan. 19 (Wed.) at Hofstra* Jan. 22 (Sat.) UNC WILMINGTON* Jan. 26 (Wed.) DELAWARE* Jan. 29 (Sat.) at Va. Commonwealth * Jan. 31 (Mon.) DREXEL* Feb. 2 (Wed.) TOWSON* Feb. 5 (Sat.) at UNCW* Feb. 9 (Wed.) at Delaware* Feb. 12 (Sat.) VA. COMMONWEALTH* Feb. 16 (Wed.) at George Mason* Feb. 19 (Sat.) at William & Mary* Feb. 23(Wed.) HOFSTRA* Feb. 26 (Sat.) at James Madison* Mar. 4-7 at CAA Championships, Richmond, VA.(Richmond Coliseum) # Corpus Christi Challenge