Monarchs Opening Game Set For Constant Convocation Center

April 16, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 16, 2002

NORFOLK - The Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina will be Old Dominion University's first men's basketball opponent in the inaugural season in the Constant Convocation Center, as announced today by athletic director Jim Jarrett.

The Monarchs and Tar Heels will square off on Sunday, Nov. 24 in an afternoon tilt. The games will highlight a series of Grand Opening events that week as the University officially unveils its new 8,600-seat arena.

"The official opening of the Monarchs inaugural season in the Constant Center is a special time in the history of Old Dominion athletics, " said Athletic Director, Jim Jarrett. "The University of North Carolina Tar Heels offer outstanding competition for this opening game and I persaonlly look forward to a sellout, exciting atmosphere and great basketball."

The Monarchs and North Carolina have met five times, with the last Tar Heel appearance in Norfolk in 1995. North Carolina owns a 5-0 record in the series.

"We are indebted to Dr. Jarrett and the University of North Carolina for putting this game together," says head coach Blaine Taylor. " This game will be a spectacular way to begin the men's basketball experience in our new arena, and I'm sure it will a day our fans and the Hampton Roads community to remember for a long time."

Two rising seniors on the men's basketball team hail from the state of North Carolina and are enthusiastic about opening opponent.

" What a story book game," says Rasheed Wright, a rising senior from Greensboro, NC. "To start my senior off by playing the University of North Carolina in the opening game in the Convocation Center - well It just doesn't get any better than that."

Rising senior Ricardo Marsh of Mebane, NC added, "Playing North Carolina is a great way to start our new history in the Convocation Center. I have always wanted to play UNC and now I will have that opportunity."

Season tickets for the 2002/03 campaign in the Constant Center are on sale now and available by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 683-4444,