ODU hoops looking to regain momentum with home stand

NORFOLK (WAVY) – It’s been somewhat difficult for the Old Dominion men’s basketball team to find its footing this season. With some high expectations after last season’s remarkable run to the National Invitational Tournament Final Four, the Monarchs (5-6) are winless on the road and are yet to find a consistent lineup.

But there’s not panic with Jeff Jones’ team.

“We’ve played some really good teams and a number of those games came down to the final possessions,” said Jones, who’s in his third season as ODU’s head man.

Aside from blowout losses to 21st-ranked Purdue and Richmond, both of whom are contenders for the Big Ten and Atlantic Ten Conference respectively, ODU suffered close losses to St. Joseph’s, Virginia Commonwealth, William & Mary and Georgia State.

“We just got to stay poised all 40 minutes, and when we’re on the road we have to be even more focused, a 100-times more focused,” said senior guard Aaron Bacote.

His team earned a much-needed 77-47 win over Maryland- Eastern Shore on Friday, and no surprise, it was inside their home arena, where they haven’t lost in 29 straight games.

On Tuesday, they’ll try and extend the nation’s fourth-longest home win streak against Rhode Island (7-4). “They’re a very very good team,” said Jones.

“They’re very well coached, they’re very tough-minded, they’re physically tough and they present a nice challenge but it’s nice to have that challenge in the Constant Center.”

Tip off is set for 7:00 pm.

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