Old Dominion Announces 2009-10 Men's Basketball Schedule
By ODU Athletics
July 7, 2009
NORFOLK, VA--The 2009-10 Old Dominion University men's basketball schedule will feature 12 post season teams from a year ago, as well as tournament in Texas, an ESPN Bracketbusters game, a road game with Georgetown and nine home CAA contests.
"As a result of a young team that grew and captured the CollegeInsider.com title, we are taking on a very ambitious and challenging slate of games, which should be very exciting." says head coach Blaine Taylor. " The South Padre Invitational is great for our program with first and second round games at ODU, then two games in Texas. We have also been quite fortunate to land home and home games against Georgetown and Dayton."
Five of the Monarch opponents, Dayton, Chattanooga, Mississippi State, Missouri and VCU, were in the NCAA tournament. Missouri advanced to the Elite Eight, while Dayton reached the second round.
Georgetown, Duquesne and George Mason competed in the NIT, while Liberty, JMU and Mount St. Mary's were in the CIT and Richmond reached the semi-finals of the CBI tournament. In all, ODU will play teams from nine different conferences which include the Southeast, BIG EAST, Big 12, Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Southern, MEAC, Big South and Northeast Conference .
"Along with a very tough CAA schedule, ODU has the opportunity to compete against some outstanding Non-conference opponents," said Athletic Director Jim Jarrett. " Away games against Georgetown, Dayton, the South Padre Island Invitational and Richmond along with home games against Charlotte, Duquesne, Chattanooga, and Marsahll present great developmental opportunities for our team."
The Monarchs will host Bethune-Cookman in its home opener on Nov. 15 as part of the South Padre Island Tournament. ODU will also host Southern Conference champion Chattanooga on Nov. 24th in game two of the San Padre Island Tournament, then travel to Texas, Nov. 27 and 28 to play either Missouri, Mississippi State or Richmond.
ODU will also host non-conference games against Marshall on Nov. 21, Mt. St. Mary's on Dec. 8, Charlotte on Dec. 23 and Duquesne on Dec. 30.
The Monarchs will travel to Liberty on Nov. 19, Richmond on Dec. 2, Dayton on Dec. 11 and Georgetown on Dec. 19. ODU last played Dayton in 2002-03 in Norfolk. The ESPN Bracketbusters game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, on the road. The opponent will be announced in early February.
The Monarchs will play an 18-game CAA schedule, opening at home on Dec. 5th. ODU will host VCU, George Mason, James Madison, William and Mary, Georgia State, Drexel, Hofstra, Northeastern and Towson. ODU will have CAA road games against Towson, Delaware, Northeastern, UNC Wilmington, VCU, JMU, W&M, George Mason and Georgia State. The CAA schedule will be announced at a later date.
The CAA Championships will again be held at the Richmond Coliseum, March 5-8, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Monarchs will host exhibition games against Barton on Nov. 2 and Elizabeth City State on Nov. 7. ODU averaged over 7,000 fans per game in regular season and CAA home contests.
"I would like to thank athletic director Jim Jarrett along with Jim Corrigan for their diligent efforts in putting together this outstanding schedule,' added Taylor. "The center piece of any schedule is the CAA race, which will be a great one. We have been requested by the league to be patient, some opponent tip times and game dates will come at a later date."
The Monarchs, who captured the Collegeinsider.com Tournament and finished 25-10; have won 119 games over the last five years, the most of any Division I team in the state of Virginia. ODU returns 10 lettermen along with six players with 13 or more starts. Heading ODU's returnees include First team All-CAA center/forward Gerald Lee (6-10, Sr, 15.5 ppg/5.7 rpg).
Also returning are Ben Finney (6-5, Jr, F, 10.0 ppg/ 6.0 rpg); Darius James (6-1, Jr, G, 6.9 ppg/4.6 apg), CIT Tournament MVP Frank Hassell (6-8, Jr, F, 7.5 ppg/ 5.3 rpg), Keyon Carter (6-8, Jr, F, 7.9 ppg/ 4.6 rpg) CIT All-Tournament selection Marsharee Neely (6-3, Sr, G, 7.1 ppg/ 2.8 rpg.), and Kent Bazemore (6-5, RS-So, G, 4.5 ppg./3.1 rpg).
The Monarchs will also be counting heavily on Marquel De Lancey (6-0, So, G, 1.0 ppg.), Trian Iliadis (6-3, So, G., 2.4 ppg), Chris Cooper (6-8, So., F, 1.0 ppg/1.0 rpg) and red-shirt freshman Nick Wright (6-8, C.).
Taylor and his staff brought in an outstanding newcomer in Josh Hicks (Winston-Salem, NC.), a 6-2 All-State guard from North Carolina High School 4A State Champion Mount Tabor. Hicks averaged 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5-1 assists, and 4.5 steals as he led Mount Tabor to a 31-1 record.
For season ticket information, please call the Constant Center ticket office at 757-683-4444.
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY 2009-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Mon. Nov. 2 Barton College (exh.) Sat. Nov. 7 Elizabeth City State (exh.) Sun. Nov. 15 Bethune Cookman # (South Padre Island Inv.) Thurs. Nov. 19 at Liberty Sat. Nov. 21 Marshall Tues. Nov. 24 Chattanooga #(South Padre Island Inv.) Fri. Nov. 27 at South Padre Island Invitational (Missouri, Mississippi State, Richmond) Sat. Nov. 28 at South Padre Island Tournament Wed. Dec. 2 at Richmond Sat. Dec. 5 CAA Home Game TBA Tues. Dec. 8 Mt. St. Mary's Fri. Dec. 11 at Dayton Sat. Dec. 19 at Georgetown Wed. Dec. 23 Charlotte Wed. Dec. 30 Duquesne Sat. Jan. 2 CAA Mon. Jan. 4 CAA Wed. Jan. 6 CAA Sat. Jan. 9 CAA Wed. Jan. 13 CAA Sat. Jan. 16 CAA Wed. Jan. 20 CAA Sat. Jan. 23 CAA Wed. Jan. 27 CAA Sat. Jan. 30 CAA Wed. Feb. 3 CAA Sat. Feb. 6 CAA Wed. Feb. 10 CAA Sat. Feb. 13 CAA Wed. Feb. 17 CAA Sat. Feb. 20 Bracketbuster Wed. Feb. 24 CAA Sat. Feb. 27 CAA March 5-8 CAA Tournament in Richmond, Va.