Long, tough road trip lies ahead for ODU

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Saturday’s home loss to the University of Texas- El Paso was a tough one to swallow for Jeff Jones, but the head man of the Old Dominion University Monarchs says his team will just have to move past it.

His team’s shot to rebound from their 63-49 loss to the Miners will have to come a long ways from home – in Denton, Tx. against the University of North Texas.

“It’ll be quite a journey, but no excuses. We gotta make the best of it,” said Jones, who’s team stands at 5-4 in the Conference USA. The Monarchs defense has kept them in games, but their offense has struggled in the last few outings.

“You’ve got to be more efficient offensively, converting the opportunities you do get, and that means knocking down the open shots, and maybe taking care of the basketball a little more,” said Jones. ODU has lost three of its last four games, and hasn’t cracked the 70-point mark since their late-January win over Tulane.

But the team’s high-flying forward Richard Ross says his group’s confidence has never wavered. “As a team, our confidence level is going to always be up, because we make sure we keep it up for each other,” said Ross, “You’re not going to always be able to win every game. You just got to keep pushing forward.”

And they’ll have to push forward to Oklahoma once they’ve finished in the Lone Star State. ODU travels to Tulsa for a Saturday matchup after meeting the Green Wave on Thursday. They won’t return home until Feb. 20, when they play Rice.

 

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