Monarchs To Play In Las Vegas Tournament
By ODU Athletics
May 10, 2007
NORFOLK, VA--Old Dominion University head basketball coach Blaine Taylor announced today that the Monarchs will play in the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena in the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. November 23rd and 24th.
The eight-team tournament field will consist of ODU, North Carolina, Louisville, Brigham Young, Iona, South Carolina State, Hartford and Jackson State. Six of those teams competed in the 2007 NCAA tournament. This tournament is an NCAA exempt event, and each team is guaranteed four games.
ODU, will open the event with home games against South Carolina State on Nov. 11th, then Iona on Nov 20th. The Monarchs will then travel to Las Vegas to play North Carolina on the 23rd and either Louisville or BYU on Nov. 24th. Both games in Las Vegas will be televised on one of the ESPN networks.
"This opportunity is an example of being patient with the scheduling process and yet poised to participate when the right thing comes along," said Taylor. "I am very proud of the teamwork in our scheduling efforts and Jim Jarrett's steady influence and willingness for us to keep developing our program."
" This tournament represents a variety of aspects with home games for our fans, students and players, special competition against some of the better known names in college basketball, not to mention a sizzling site like Las Vegas for all of us to experience. Then, you add in the TV exposure which we have been fortunate to get more and more of. As we piece our schedule together, it is obvious it will be a tremendous challenge for all involved. We want to have fun, learn and watch the team and program grow. "
Louisville (24-10) reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, while North Carolina (31-7) advanced to the elite eight before losing to Georgetown. Brigham Young (25-9), a finalist in the Mountain West championship earned an at large selection to the NCAA tournament, and Jackson State (21-14) was champion of the Southwestern Conference.
"To be selected in a tournament that includes North Carolina, Louisville, and Brigham Young with a site in Las Vegas is a tribute to ODU's men's basketball program and is an outstanding challenge for our coaches and players, " said Jim Jarrett.
The Orleans arena opened in 2003 and is home to the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey and Las Vegas Gladiators arena football team. The arena seats approximately 8,000 for basketball.