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LIVE on WGNT: After 51 year wait, Norfolk State hosts ODU in men's hoops

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 13:09:17-05

NORFOLK, Va. – For the first time since 1969, the Norfolk State men's basketball team will host Old Dominion when the Spartans and Monarchs face off on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Joseph Echols Hall.

The Monarchs (1-1, 0-0 C-USA) game against NSU (2-0, 0-0 MEAC) will be televised in Hampton Roads on WGNT CW 27. The game will also be streamed for free via WTKR's website: CLICK HERE.

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"WTKR/WGNT has been a great broadcast partner over the years for local sports," said ODU Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig. "Televising the ODU versus Norfolk State men's basketball game is another example of WTKR/WGNT continuing to add value to and meeting the needs and interests of our local community. I know I speak for all Monarch fans when I thank WTKR/WGNT in advance for their game telecast of a contest that all ODU followers desire to watch even more so given the Covid-19 attendance restrictions in place throughout the Commonwealth."

Wednesday marks the 20th meeting between ODU and NSU, as the Monarchs lead the all-time series, 13-6. These two schools last met on Dec. 22 of 2017, in a game ODU won 61-50 at the Norfolk Scope. The first ever meeting between these programs occurred during the 1965-66 season, when ODU won 86-82. Old Dominion has won three straight games against the Spartans and seven of the last eight matchups. ODU is 1-3 all-time when playing on the Spartans hardwood. NSU's last win over the Monarchs took place on Dec. 29, 1999, a 67-64 triumph at Scope Arena. The first meeting ever between the two programs came in 1965-66.