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Norfolk State, ODU to meet on basketball court after 15 years

Tuesday was a big day for Robert Jones and Norfolk State basketball. After years of trying to reignite the flames with an old rival, it was finally official as a game against cross-town rival Old Dominion will highlight the team’s 2015-16 schedule.

“The highlight of the schedule for local Spartan fans will be the return of our crosstown rival game vs. ODU,” Jones said. “We haven’t played them in 15 years. We as a staff have been diligently trying for two seasons to get this done and now it is finally here. This year ODU should be extremely good, and it will be a great challenge for us.”

The two Norfolk-based teams will met at ODU’s Ted Constant Center Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Norfolk State’s 2015-16 schedule is ambitious, as 11 of its opponents this season made postseason appearances last season. That’s the way coach Jones likes it.

“Last year we had one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the country, and this year’s schedule looks to be as tough or even tougher than last year,” Jones said. “This schedule will test our team early and often, and we are excited about the challenge for this year’s young group.”

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