NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion men’s basketball head coach Jeff Jones announced new home and home series with George Mason and East Carolina on Friday, May 22. For the 2020-21 season, the Monarchs will travel to George Mason (Nov. 13) and East Carolina (Dec. 1), with both teams returning to Chartway Arena in the 2021-22 season.
“Renewing the rivalries with George Mason and East Carolina on the hardwood is extremely exciting,” said Jones.
All three programs were members of the Colonial Athletic Association when Old Dominion joined the conference for the 1991-92 season. East Carolina left the CAA after then 2000-01 year. George Mason and Old Dominion departed the CAA after the 2012-13 season.
The Nov. 13 game against Mason in Fairfax, will mark the 59th all-time meeting between the former ECAC and CAA foes, as ODU leads the all-time series, 36-22. These two programs last met this past season at the 2019 Cayman Classic. Old Dominion and George Mason first met during the 1979-80 season. The Monarchs won 22 of the first 23 all-time meetings against the Patriots.
ODU will square-off against another former CAA opponent on Dec. 1, when Old Dominion travels to Greenville, N.C. for the 53rd all-time meeting with East Carolina. This series dates all the way back to the 1966-67 season, when the programs first met. The Monarchs hold a 38-14 advantage for the all-time series and have won six straight and eight of the last nine against the Pirates. ODU and ECU last met in 2013-14.
ODU has played 50 or more games against six opponents in its history. With the addition of George Mason and East Carolina to the schedule, the Monarchs will play all six opponents. VCU and William & Mary are scheduled to play in Chartway Arena. ODU will travel to James Madison and Richmond.