ODU, Norfolk State set for first matchup in 15 years

NORFOLK (WAVY) – Robert Jones says his phone has been “buzzing, going crazy” with requests for tickets to Tuesday night’s matchup at the Ted Constant Center, where his Norfolk State Spartans (5-8, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) will meet Old Dominion for the first time since January 15, 2001.

“I don’t know if it’s much of a ‘rivalry,’ with someone you haven’t played in 15 years, but I know it is a good cross-town matchup that a lot of people in the city want to see,” said Jones, whose team has played 11 of its 13 games on the road this season.

Jones said there will be no “fear factor” when his team plays in a building where the Monarch (6-6) have won 30 straight.

As for ODU, home has certainly been the cure that helped heal all wounds. Jeff Jones’ team, which has dealt with suspensions, injuries and inconsistent play, is winless (0-6) on the road this year, but on the Tuesday before Christmas earned a 71-65 win over a very formidable Rhode Island team.

The Monarchs, which one that 2001 meeting 69-62, lead the overall series 11-6.

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