NORFOLK, Va. (ODUSports.com) – Old Dominion men's basketball head coach Jeff Jones announced the addition of five non-conference games to the Monarchs 2020-21 schedule, highlighted by a Nov. 25th season opening showdown at Maryland. ODU will also have road games at Norfolk State (Dec. 2), James Madison (Dec. 7) and consecutive games hosted at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. against VCU on Dec. 12 and George Mason on Dec. 13. Last week, Jones revealed home non-conference games against William & Mary (Nov. 28) and Virginia Wesleyan (Dec. 22).
Also, Conference USA released a change to the men's basketball league schedule. All league games originally scheduled to be played on a Thursday will now be played on a Friday. A total of eight ODU games for the 2020-21 season have officially been moved from Thursday to Friday.
"Hopefully this reflects the last changes in scheduling for this season," said Jones. "Playing at Maryland is a great opportunity for our team, as well as in-state rivals William & Mary, Norfolk State, James Madison, VCU, George Mason and Virginia Wesleyan. The biggest priority is the health and safety of our players. Hopefully we can complete the schedule without any complications due to COVID-19."
As part of the deal with Norfolk State, the Monarchs will host the Spartans at Chartway Arena during the 2022-23 season.
Based on state and local guidelines, ODU plans to allow 1,000 ticketed fans in Chartway Arena per game. Seating will be socially-distanced and all tickets will be provided via mobile delivery. Seat locations will be determined by the ODAF priority point system.
Priority for purchasing tickets will be provided starting with ODAF members and season ticket holders from last year. Seat holders from the 2019-2020 season will be contacted via email today (Nov. 5) with further information and instructions for purchasing tickets.
Updated 2020-21 Old Dominion Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule:
Wednesday, Nov. 25: at Maryland
Saturday, Nov. 28: vs. William & Mary
Wednesday, Dec. 2: at Norfolk State
Monday, Dec. 7: at JMU
Saturday, Dec. 12: at VCU
Sunday, Dec. 13: vs. George Mason (will be played at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.)
Tuesday, Dec. 22: vs. Virginia Wesleyan
Updated 2020-21 Old Dominion Men's Basketball Conference Schedule:
Friday, Jan. 1: at Florida International
Saturday, Jan. 2: at Florida International
Friday, Jan. 8: vs. Florida Atlantic
Saturday, Jan. 9: vs. Florida Atlantic
Friday, Jan. 15: at Rice
Saturday, Jan. 16: at Rice
Friday, Jan. 22: vs. North Texas
Saturday, Jan. 23: vs. North Texas
Friday, Jan. 29: at Western Kentucky
Saturday, Jan. 30: at Western Kentucky
Friday, Feb. 5: vs. Marshall
Saturday, Feb. 6: vs. Marshall
Wednesday, Feb. 10: at Charlotte
Saturday, Feb. 13: vs. Charlotte
Friday, Feb. 19: at UAB
Saturday, Feb. 20: at UAB
Friday, Feb. 26: vs. Middle Tennessee
Saturday, Feb. 27: vs. Middle Tennessee