TULSA, Okla.-Home games against Tulsa and Oklahoma, along with road trips to Memphis and Arizona, and a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout highlight the 2012-13 ORU men's basketball schedule, released Tuesday by Head Coach Scott Sutton.
"We are excited about our schedule," said Sutton. "It is obviously very challenging with road games against Arizona and Memphis, and we will play a very good mid-major field in the Great Alaska Shootout. We are excited about taking Damen (Bell-Holter) home to Alaska to be able to play in front of family and friends."
The first look at the 2012-13 Golden Eagles will be November 1 as ORU hosts the first of two exhibition games, facing Missouri Southern on November 1 and Oklahoma Wesleyan on November 5. Both games will start at 7 p.m. inside the Mabee Center.
Regular season play begins November 9 with a trip to UTEP, and after a home game with St. Gregory's on November 14, ORU will take an extended road trip west to face Pacific on November 19 in a return game from the 2010 BracketBuster contest, and from there travel up to Alaska for the 2012 Great Alaska Shootout, which will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Right now, the Golden Eagles are slated to face Loyola Marymount in the first round of the Shootout on Thursday, November 22 at 8 p.m. (central time). Other teams in the tournament include UC Riverside, Northeastern, Belmont, Alaska Anchorage, Texas State and Charlotte.
Oklahoma comes to the Mabee Center on November 28 for a 7 p.m. contest, before ORU heads back on the road to face Missouri State (December 1) and Texas State (December 5). The third road game of the stretch will be out to Tuscon, Ariz., to face the Arizona Wildcats on December 18.
The Mayor's Cup contest against Tulsa will take place on December 22 at 7 p.m. inside the Mabee Center before closing out the bulk of nonconference play with a trip to Memphis on December 28.
"We don't have many nonconference home games, but we will host quality opponents in Oklahoma and Tulsa and will hopefully get an attractive BracketBuster game," added Sutton.
Southland Conference play begins on the road for ORU with trips to Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State on January 3 and January 5, respectively. The conference home opener will be Northwestern State on January 10 with Stephen F. Austin coming to the Mabee Center on January 12. All conference games will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be part of a double-header with the women's basketball team.
ORU will again host a BracketBuster contest, facing an opponent to be named later on February 23 at the Mabee Center.
Trips to Lamar (March 2) and Central Arkansas (March 9) finish out the regular season before the Golden Eagles head to Katy, Texas for the 2012 Southland Conference Tournament. As announced by the conference over the summer, the top eight teams will make the tournament. The top four seeds will receive a bye to the quarterfinals of the tournament, with the top two seeds receiving a bye all the way to the semifinals of the tournament.
Season tickets are available now and include all 20 men's and women's basketball home dates. The schedule includes nine Southland Conference doubleheaders with the women starting at 5 p.m. and the men tipping off at 7:30 p.m. Season ticket packages start at $99 each. More information is available by calling (918) 495-7213. Single-game ticket information will be available in October.
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 1 Missouri Southern (Ex.) 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan (Ex.) 7 p.m.
Nov. 9 at UTEP TBA
Nov. 14 St. Gregory's 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 Pacific 9 p.m.
Nov.21-24 Great Alaska Shootout ^ TBA
Nov. 28 Oklahoma 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 Missouri State TBA
Dec. 5 Texas State TBA
Dec. 18 Arizona TBA
Dec. 22 Tulsa 7 p.m.
Dec. 28 Memphis TBA
Jan. 3 Southeastern Louisiana* 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 5 Nicholls State* TBA
Jan. 10 Northwestern State* 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12 Stephen F. Austin* 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* TBA
Jan. 19 Sam Houston State* TBA
Jan. 24 Lamar* 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 McNeese State* % 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Nicholls State* 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 2 Southeastern Louisiana* # 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 Northwestern State* TBA
Feb. 9 Stephen F. Austin* TBA
Feb. 14 Sam Houston State* 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 Central Arkansas* 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22-23 ESPN Bracket Buster TBA
Feb. 28 McNeese State* TBA
Mar. 2 Lamar* TBA
Mar. 9 Central Arkansas* TBA
March 12-16 Southland Conference Tourn. TBA
* - Southland Conference game
% - Hall of Fame Weekend
^ - Field includes ORU, UC Riverside, Northeastern, Belmont, Alaska Anchorage, Loyola Marymount, Texas State and Charlotte
# - Homecoming
Home games in Bold
All times Central and subject to change