IRVING, Texas -- The Conference USA portion of the Old Dominion men's basketball 2016-17 schedule has been released, as announced by head coach Jeff Jones and the Conference USA office on Wednesday.
The 18-game slate, which features nine home and nine away contests, begins on New Year's Eve as the Monarchs battle Rice at home at the Ted Constant Center.
Jones' squad will battle a total of five Conference USA opponents twice over the course of conference play, as the Monarchs have both home and away games against Rice, North Texas, Marshall, WKU and Charlotte.
The remainder of the conference slate features home games against Southern Miss, LA Tech, FIU and Florida Atlantic, and road matchups at reigning conference champ Middle Tennessee, reigning regular season champ UAB, UTEP and UTSA.
UAB and the city of Birmingham will also serve as the host for the Conference USA Tournament for the third straight season. The 2017 championship will be held March 8-11.
Jones' squad will look to improve on a 2015-16 season that saw the team advance to the C-USA title game, before falling to champ Middle Tennessee. The Monarchs graduated four seniors from last year's team, but return four of its top seven leading scorers.
2016-17 Old Dominion Men's Basketball Conference USA Schedule