Old Dominion Announces 1999-2000 Men's Cage Schedule
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, VA. (Sept. 14) -- First time matchups with N.C. State, and Kansas State, the return of in-state rival Virginia Tech to the schedule and home games with NCAA participants UNC Charlotte and Washington highlight the 1999-2000 Old Dominion University men's non conference basketball schedule as released by athletic director, Jim Jarrett.
Old Dominion will play at least six teams who competed in either the NCAA or NIT last season. The Monarchs will play at N.C.State for the first time on Nov. 23rd in the new 19,722 Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Monarchs will travel to Manhattan, KS for the first time ever to take on the Wildcats. Both N.C. State and Kansas State competed in the NIT with Old Dominion last year. While the Monarchs ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense (.377), Kansas State ranked first in the category at .371.
"This schedule offers the men's basketball program significant challenges and our fans the opportunity to see excellent basketball," said athletic director, Jim Jarrett. "Playing at Kansas State, UNC Charlotte, N.C. State and Virginia Tech along with the SOCON Tournament, hosting Washington and George Washington will enhance our strength of schedule and prepare us for the CAA season. The fact that in the next two seasons, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Kansas State and UNC Charlotte will return to play in Norfolk is an added bonus. As we move closer to the opening of the Constant Center, the continued success of our program should encourage all fans to purchase their season tickets to receive priority seating."
Virginia Tech returns to the Monarchs schedule for the first time since the 1992-93 season. Old Dominion won that meeting, 71-61 in Scope. The Monarchs travel to UNC Charlotte, the Conference USA defending champion on Jan. 26. The 49er's were a number five seed last year and have reached the NCAA second round in each of the last three years. Old Dominion will also travel to Lexington, Va. on Dec. 7 to play at VMI for the first time since 1983-84.
Old Dominion travels to Greenville, SC. For the SOCON Holiday Hoops tournament, Nov. 26-28. The Monarchs open with UW-Green Bay, who was 20-11 last year from the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. Also competing in that tournament are Clemson (ACC), Central Florida (Trans America), Furman (Southern), South Carolina State(MEAC), Mississippi (SEC), and Oregon State (Pac 10). Clemson, who reached the NIT finals last year, and Central Florida are in the Monarchs bracket.
The Monarchs will play host to Washington of the Pac-10 on Dec. 4. The Huskies were a number seed in last year's NCAA tournament. George Washington, an 11th seed in last year's tournament visits on Jan. 3rd. Crosstown rival Norfolk State returns to the schedule for the first time since 1981 on Dec.29 at Scope, a date change from an earlier announcement. Old Dominion's home and season opener will be Saturday, Nov. 20 against UT Chattanooga.
"This is quite a challenging schedule, but it gives us a chance to find out more about ourselves, "said Monarch head coach Jeff Capel. "Playing a strong non conference schedule can only help us prepare for the rigors of the CAA conference race."
The Monarchs, who have reached five CAA finals winning three since 1992 open the CAA league battles on Dec. 1 at East Carolina. Old Dominion's first CAA home game will be on Dec. 18 against UNC Wilmington. Defending league champion George Mason comes to town on Feb. 2. The CAA Tournament will be March 3-6 at the Richmond Coliseum. The title game will again be televised on ESPN2.
Thus far, the Monarchs will have two league games on Home Team Sports. They are Feb. 12 at home against William and Mary and Feb. 19 at JMU.
Old Dominion returns seven lettermen from last year's team that won a school record tying 25 games and reached the NIT second round.
Leading the way for the Monarchs are returnees Michael Williams (6-0, Jr, G, 7.6 ppg/2.6 apg), Andre McCullum (6-6, Jr, F, 9.4. ppg/5.2 rpg), Clifton Jones (6-7, Jr, F-G, 5.5 ppg/4.1 rpg), Pierre Greene (6-2, So.,G, 2.9 ppg), Freddie Bryant (6-3, Sr, G, 3.9 ppg), Lavar Hemphill (6-3, So., G, 2.0 ppg), Heath Burris (6-4,Jr, G, 0.7 ppg), and red shirt senior Skipper Youngblood (6-8,Sr, C, 6.3 ppg/5.0 rpg).
Monarch newcomers include sophomore center Aron McMillian (6-9, So,C) who transfered from Wake Forest and will be eligible in the second semester. The four freshmen are 6-6 forward Ricardo Marsh, the North Carolina High School All-Star MVP from Hillsboro, NC; Rasheed Wright, a 6-5 forward and conference MVP from Greensboro, NC; Joe Principe, a 6-9 forward from the Air Force Prep and Gladstone, MO., and 6-9 forward Charles Dunnington, from Anacostia High in Washington, DC.
Season tickets as well as tickets for the SOCON Tournament are available at the Athletic Ticket Office. Orders for season tickets may be taken by phone with a major credit card by calling, 683-4444.
For more information on the men's basketball team, please call the athletic public relations office at 757-683-3372.