Oral Roberts at Western Illinois
Date/Time: Saturday, January 7, 2017 / 2 p.m.
TV/Video: None / GoLeathernecks.com ($)
Radio: 97.1 FM The Sports Animal
Location: Western Hall / Macomb, Ill.
MACOMB, Ill. – Playing the third of three road games to start the Summit League season, the Oral Roberts men's basketball team will finish up the road swing Saturday at Western Illinois as the Golden Eagles take on the Leathernecks.
Saturday's game will tip off at 2 p.m. from Western Hall. Live video is available for a small fee at GoLeathernecks.com. First year radio broadcaster Adam Hildebrandt's radio call of the game can be heard at 1550 AM in the Tulsa area and around the world for free through www.ORUAthletics.com and through the ORU Athletics Front Row App.
ORU Game Notes: at Western Illinois
Opponent Game Notes: at Western Illinois
Summit League Notes: Week 8
Live Stats: at Western Illinois
TV / Live Video: None / GoLeathernecks.com ($)
Free Audio: at Western Illinois
• ORU is 31-7 all-time against Western Illinois and 14-4 in Macomb. The Golden Eagles have won the last four meetings and eight of the last nine, with WIU's lone victory coming in the Summit League tournament during the 2011-12 season.
• 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 9th according to the NCAA RPI.
• The Golden Eagles had two of their best defensive performances in years to end the nonconference schedule 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).