TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts mens' basketball team will close out the nonconference season at home on Friday as the Golden Eagles host Richmond in an afternoon contest.
Friday's game will tip off at 3 p.m. from the Mabee Center and will be broadcast on the ORU Sports Network through www.ORUAthletics.com and through the ORU Athletics Front Row App. First year radio broadcaster Adam Hildebrandt's radio call of the game can be heard at 1550 AM in the Tulsa area and around the world for free through www.ORUAthletics.com and through the ORU Athletics Front Row App.
• ORU has never faced Richmond in the history of the two programs. The Spiders are one of four teams (Ole Miss, Michigan State, Rogers State) on the schedule this year that ORU Coach Scott Sutton will face for the first time in his career.
• ORU has faced one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation to start 2016-17. Eight of its first 13 opponents played in the 2016 postseason, including five NCAA Tournament teams. ORU's strength of schedule is fourth according to the NCAA RPI, behind only Nebraska, Florida and UC Santa Barbara.
• The Golden Eagles are coming off two of their best defensive performances in years, holding No. 10 Creighton 25 points below their season average and holding Little Rock to 48 points, the fewest since 2014.
• The Golden Eagles return three starters and a total of eight lettermen from last year's squad, including three of the top four in scoring, and more than 50 percent of the total points from last year.
• Junior Albert Owens returns as the leading scorer, rebounder, free throw shooter (made) and shot blocker.
• USA Today picked the Golden Eagles to finish seventh, but tabbed freshman Dezmond McDaniel as the league's Rookie of the Year.
For the latest information on ORU men's basketball, follow @ORUMBB on Twitter or Instagram, or go to www.ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Golden Eagles Front Row App at ORUAthletics.com/frontrow or in the App Store. For tickets, visit mabeecenter.com or call 495-7ORU (7678).