Oral Roberts at Fort Wayne
Date/Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016 / 1:30 p.m. (CT)
TV/Video: None / GoMastodons.com ($)
Radio: 97.1 FM The Sports Animal
Location: Gates Sports Center / Fort Wayne, Ind.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team will battle preseason Summit League favorite Fort Wayne Saturday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as both teams look for a league win during the opening weekend of conference play.
Saturday's game will tip off at 1:30 p.m. (CT) from the Gates Sports Center. Live video is available for a small fee at GoMastodons.com. First year radio broadcaster Adam Hildebrandt's radio call of the game can be heard at 1550 AM in the Tulsa area and around the world for free through www.ORUAthletics.com and through the ORU Athletics Front Row App.
ORU Game Notes: at Fort Wayne
Opponent Game Notes: at Fort Wayne
Summit League Notes: Week 7
Live Stats: at Fort Wayne
TV / Live Video: None / GoMastodons.com ($)
Free Audio: at Fort Wayne
• ORU will meet Fort Wayne for the 17th time on Saturday. ORU holds a 10-6 record in the all-time series, but the Mastodons have gotten the better of the matchup in the last three meetings.
• ORU has faced one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the nation to start 2016-17. Eight of its nonconference opponents played in the 2016 postseason, including five NCAA Tournament teams. ORU's nonconference strength of schedule is currently 7th and the overall strength of schedule is 11th according to the NCAA RPI.
• The Golden Eagles are coming off two of their best defensive performances in years in the last three games, 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).