Old Dominion's men's basketball team will play 17 home games, including non-conference dates with VCU, William and Mary and Richmond, the school announced Wednesday.
The Monarchs' second season in a reconfigured, 14-team Conference USA includes home-and-home series against Charlotte, Marshall, Rice, North Texas and Western Kentucky. ODU will play single games against the other eight schools.
ODU's schedule also includes a trip to St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam, as well as a road game at former CAA rival George Mason.
The Monarchs open at home Nov. 15 versus UNC Wilmington and will be at the Constant Center for much of November and December — eight games in a span of six weeks. The exceptions are the Paradise Jam from Nov. 21-24 and the Dec. 3 game at Mason.
ODU faces a difficult start to its CUSA schedule, opening with three consecutive road games at Charlotte, Marshall and Western Kentucky.
The Monarchs also will play an exhibition game that will be announced at a later date.
The Monarchs went 18-18 last season under first-year head coach Jeff Jones, a 13-win improvement from the previous season.
ODU added six new players for this season, including transfers Trey Freeman and Nik Biberaj, who sat out last season as transfers. Sophomore Brandan Stith, son of ODU assistant Bryant Stith, transferred from East Carolina and must sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules.
Fairbank can be reached by phone at 757-247-4637.
ODU men's basketball schedule 2014-15
Nov. 15: UNC Wilmington; Nov. 18: Richmond; Nov. 21-24: Paradise Jam Tournament (U.S. Virgin Islands with Clemson, Gardner-Webb, LSU, Seton Hall, Weber State, Nevada, Illinois State and ODU); Nov. 21: LSU; Nov. 29: VCU.
Dec. 3: at George Mason; Dec. 14: NC A&T; Dec. 17: Georgia State; Dec. 19: Maryland Eastern Shore; Dec. 22: William and Mary; Dec. 29: Mount St. Mary's.
Jan. 4: at Charlotte; Jan. 8: at Marshall; Jan. 10: at Western Kentucky; Jan. 15: Rice; Jan. 17: North Texas; Jan. 22: at Middle Tennessee; Jan. 24: at UAB; Jan. 29: Florida International; Jan. 31: Florida Atlantic.
Feb. 7: Charlotte; Feb. 12: at Texas San Antonio; Feb. 14: at UTEP; Feb. 19: Southern Miss; Feb. 21: La. Tech; Feb. 26: at Rice; Feb. 28: at North Texas.
March 5: Marshall; March 7: Western Kentucky.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun