TULSA, Okla.-In its 24th season with a conference affiliation, Oral Roberts will make its first trip south for a conference tournament as the Golden Eagles travel to the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, for the 2013 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament.
In eight years as members of the Midwestern City Conference and 15 years with the Mid-Con/Summit League, ORU has never played a conference tournament further south than Tulsa.
With a third place finish in the regular season, ORU has earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of the second game of the tournament between No. 6 Sam Houston State and No. 7 Central Arkansas. The Golden Eagles will take the court for the first time on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday's game will be broadcast live in the Tulsa area on 97.1 FM "The Sports Animal." Free audio will also be provided at www.ORUGoldenEagles.com. Video will also be available via the Southland Digital Network.
In 15 years as members of the Mid-Con/Summit League, ORU posted a 20-12 record in the conference tournament. Just once in the last eight years has ORU been eliminated from the tournament in the first game.