ODU gets ready for Shaka Smart and VCU

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – They may be in different conferences now, but it’s always a big game when VCU travels to Norfolk to play Old Dominion. It happens again Saturday afternoon at 2:00.

ODU (4-1) is a much better team than last year, and incredibly better than two years ago.

The Monarchs the have won four of their first five games, finishing 3rd in the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas.

14th-ranked VCU was crushed by Villanova on Monday, but came back with a win over Oregon.

“This is fun, I wish my body would allow me to play in a game like this,” said coach ODU coach Jeff Jones. “It’s going to be a sellout, I mean this is why you play the game and to go out there and putting everything out on the line.”

From the players perspective, this is no ordinary game.

“You try to not make it personal but you can’t help it,” said ODU senior forward Richard Ross. “It’s just a fierce rivalry between their fans and their coaches, the players, it’s gonna be personal”.

Tip-off is at 2:00 and the game is sold out.

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