ORU’s potential Division I non-conference opponents owned a collective .610 winning percentage last season. Seven non-conference opponents were 20-game winners a season ago, and at least six opponents played in either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT last spring.
“This is the most challenging schedule we’ve faced in my 13 years associated with the program,” said Sutton. “I think I say something like that every year, but it’s been true every year, too. And this year it’s a really tough schedule.
“The last two seasons, our non-conference schedule has helped toughen us up for conference play and for March. This schedule should do the same thing, plus it’s obviously not going to hurt our RPI.”
Following exhibition games against
The Golden Eagles will play in the NIT Season Tip-Off, Nov. 12 and 13 with opponents and location to be announced at a later date. Regardless of opponent, both games are scheduled to be televised on ESPN’s family of networks. It will be ORU’s first appearance in the preseason NIT event since 1987.
Should the Golden Eagles win their two-game bracket, they
will advance to the NIT semifinals, Nov. 21-23 at
“The NIT is one of the most prestigious early-season
tournaments in the country,” said Sutton. “We’ve been fortunate to play in some
great early-season events in the past. The possibility of playing in
ORU returns to the
The annual Mayor’s Cup game with
A trip to likely SEC West favorite
Following a break for Final Exams, the Golden Eagles visit
The most high-profile game on ORU’s schedule awaits after
the trip to
“Personally, I don’t like playing this game,” said Sutton. “I never like playing close friends or relatives. But this is a great opportunity for our program and our school to once again be featured on national television against a quality opponent. I owe it to the team and the program to play a game like this.”
It will be ORU’s first appearance in the All-College Classic
since 2000, and the first meeting between the Golden Eagles and Cowboys since
After a short break for the holidays, the Golden Eagles
return to action when they make their second visit in two years to Logan, Utah
for a contest with Utah State (Dec. 29). The game is a return for
Summit League play resumes when the Golden Eagles visit
Centenary (Jan. 5). Other key conference home games include IUPUI (Jan. 17),
The Summit League Tournament ends its four-year run in
ORU returns three starters and six letterwinners from last season's 23-11 squad which captured its third straight Mid-Continent Conference regular-season crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season by winning its second straight conference tournament title.