NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Old Dominion basketball fans who couldn’t make the trip north to watch their team play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in person gathered at watch parties or cheered on the Monarchs from the comfort of home Thursday night.
Unfortunately, the outcome was not what these ODU fans wanted. Purdue took home a 61-48 victory against Old Dominion.
The game at the XL Center in Harford was a late one; tipoff was at 10:15 p.m. 10 On Your Side caught up with anxious sports fans rooting on their team at a packed Cogan’s restaurant, which is walking distance from the ODU campus.
The manager of Cogan’s said someone dropped off pom poms and beads before the game to get folks into the school spirit.
“It’s so cool to be an alumni and also to be a Norfolk born and raised resident and like this is your hometown team; everybody is rooting for you,” said ODU alumni Heather Howlett.
It was a big night for the ODU basketball team and their fans. This is the first time the Monarchs reached the NCAA Tournament since 2011.
“I was ecstatic. I was like ‘oh my God we’re going back finally,'” said ODU fan Matthew Harlan.
Despite the outcome, many who watched the game were thrilled their team got this far.
“‘I’m still happy for them regardless of the situation because we went dancing and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”