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  1. 5 points
    Many of you have been adding similar comments to the WIU game thread, but I thought the topic was worthy of its own thread... Key observations at this point of the season. Leadership I am pretty impressed by what I’ve seen from the team and coaching staff this year. Even during a tough non-conference schedule (and losing a major three-point threat to injury) this team held it together. In past years, we often maligned the lack of leadership and teamwork. This team has it – and the coaching staff has embraced a culture that allows this leadership to flourish. Seniors In recent years, the coaching staff had deferred to seniors for playing time and leadership. There is no way that they would have started four sophomores and a freshman, especially with a pre-season all-conference senior on the bench. But, somehow, the new staff has made this very successful – and everyone (including the senior coming off of the bench) has bought in. It takes strong leadership (coaching staff) and true humility (Albert) to make an unconventional switch like this work – and it is working like a charm. Defense It is SO refreshing to see some new forms of defense on the floor. It doesn’t always work – but it sure works better than “we’re going to play man-to-man defense 99% of the time, no matter what, because that is how basketball is supposed to be played”. Ball Movement As much as I love ORU athletics, ORU basketball had become painful to watch in recent years, as the offense would seemingly pass the ball around the court for no apparent reason and with no known intent, until a contested shot or a turnover occurred. If we didn’t have a playmaker (such as Obi), we were ineffective. This year, the team is engaged as a TEAM. As proof of this, 55.3% of this year’s field goals were set up by an assist. Over the last five years, the HIGHEST assist/FG % was 49.7% with an AVERAGE of 47.8%. Big difference. Double-doubles The stat of “double-double” can be over-rated (as the difference between nine and ten rebounds, points or assists is unduly magnified), but when it happens on a consistent basis, you know that something special is underway. In the past three seasons (by my unofficial count), ORU has averaged 6 D-D’s per year. So far, just over halfway through this season, we already have 13. E-Man and Javan are double-double machines. Killer instinct How long has it been since we’ve won three games in a row, all by fifteen or more points? Almost seven years. February 15-24 of 2011, with wins over Centenary on the road (81-61), Pacific at home in the bracketbuster (79-63), and IUPUI at home (92-74). That team eventually lost to Oakland in the Summit Championship game, and then came back the next year to finish 27-7. We can't base too much confidence on our three game home winning streak, as we won home games that we SHOULD have won. But the WAY we won them was pretty special, and definitely served notice that ORU basketball is no longer the doormat of the conference. This is a team that no one in the conference will want to face in Sioux Falls in March - and could still prove to be a contender. We will find out more on this over the next two weeks.
  2. 3 points
    We are much farther along most (any) of us thought possible at the start of the season.
  3. 3 points
    Great win! The best part of nobody being at the game is being able to hear everything Coach Mills is saying on the broadcast.....I hate to admit it, but I found myself listening more to Mills than Adam's radio call.... Hey....Hey.....Hey.....pistol double! Love it!
  4. 2 points
    Hey all, I am new to the Forum and this is my first post. As an FYI, I live in Virginia and follow the Golden Eagles WBB team long distance. I make 1-2 trips to Tulsa a season and was there Jan. 11 when ORU dominated NDSU. I saw the 2nd half of the S. Dakota game last night via the video simulcast (first half technical glitches). Looked to me we had them reeling late in the 3rd quarter when we built that 11 point lead. Sadly, we were unable to respond to their aggressive zone trapping and let the game slip away. Still, very proud of this team and their fight. ORU is competing well against the 'Big Dogs' and we are very close to beating them.
  5. 2 points
    First-time posting, but I have followed the men's basketball board discussion and the team for a few years. Albert is a better player than Miller even though, based on Chris' motor, it can be close at times. To permanently make a proven senior the sixth man is a difficult pill for anyone to swallow. Surprised and pleased that he did not leave the team. ORU's problems are not as much coaching as are the issues the program has with internal dysfunction, facilities and attendance. It will be always be difficult to recruit in this environment and the first impressions I have of Mills is that he is a good X's and O's coach. However, watching from afar, I don't think I would recommend sending a student athlete to ORU again. Playing for next year, will always leave you a little disappointed. This team has the ability to do something this year. He should not let it go to waste.
  6. 2 points
    Great post, JB. I was actually wondering how long it had been since ORU won three games in a row by ANY margin! (it was two seasons ago). A couple of other observations re: "how the coaching has changed" (with all due respect to the previous regime): 1. Inbound plays designed to lead directly to a high-percentage shot, instead of just getting the ball in play. 2. Building on halftime leads, rather than blowing them before the first media timeout of the second half. 3. Calling timeouts to stop runs by the opponent, instead of waiting for the media timeout. 4. NOT calling timeouts after ORU baskets during ORU runs with the opponent on their heels. 5. Crisp, accurate perimeter passing, leading to faster ball movement and quicker shots-after-the-catch.
  7. 2 points
    Having not been around ORU until this year I genuinely feel bad for you long timers. It's sad to have to appreciate teams that play hard and unselfishly. Mills seems to simply be and old school coach with a big splash of modern analytics. It makes it a heck of a lot easier to get your point across to kids when you have numbers to back it up. I do think he is fortunate to have a returning group that has largely underachieved and is hungry to win. Toss in Sam and RJ who are both savvy facilitators and tough competitors... and you get a team fully bought in. There are tough games ahead but I don't think these guys will waver. Mills said it himself he rarely had 11 road games all season at Baylor. Now he has a team that lived on the road for 2 months.
  8. 2 points
    Check out Paul Mills' comment at the 3:39 mark about "them adjusting to us, instead of us adjusting to them" in terms of line-ups. LOVE IT!!
  9. 2 points
    I wouldn't fool with the starting five once he's healthy. I know this is probably not the way Owens and Ruder imagined their final season, but invest every minute possible in the young core of the team.
  10. 2 points
    The scoring on this team is crazy balanced. Sign of a good team.
  11. 2 points
    Really impressed with Albert and how he is embracing his role this season. Fortunate to have a guy like Owens representing ORU.
  12. 2 points
    Hard pass on Bon Jovi and NJ in general.
  13. 2 points
    Keep Hall-of-Famer Glenn “Smitty” Smith in your prayers this holiday season: he’s home now after being hospitalized with a life-threatening case of pneumonia that caused an infection in his heart and kidneys as well. His wonderful wife Mona says he has a long road back to a full recovery, and would really appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this time. Smitty is one of the all-time greats at ORU, beginning as athletic trainer under Ken Trickey in the early 70’s, and also teaching in the ORU HPE department for decades. “Get well soon, Babe!!”
  14. 2 points
    If TheEagleman recalls correctly....he met his wife Mona at ORU where she was a student around the time the I was attending ORU....pretty sure she is a grad....Smitty took over as trainer when ORU was a Top 25 team and I think his first year was my freshman year or maybe the prior year so 1971 or 1972....a really good man..........true story....in my ORU days, I was very friendly with asst coach Terry Scott who I think is now head coach at Muskogee HS (???) or at least he was....Terry's brother Alvin was my next door neighbor at Fairmont Terrace Apts. and was ORU's starting small forward and was drafted and played in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns.....but I digress....Coach Scott usually sat on the ORU bench during games next to Smitty and was next to him during the 1974 Midwest Regional Final at Mabee Center vs. Kansas....with about 3 minutes left to play, Kansas called time out and ORU was up 8 points and Terry turned to Smitty and said "we're going to Greensboro for the Final Four"....Smitty said something like...."don't jinx us"....well....the rest is history.....we lost in OT by 3....
  15. 2 points
    The King: “LET CONFERENCE PLAY BEGIN.” The Court (in unison): “DILLY, DILLY!!” The Squire: “...and cash those checks!” The Court (in unison): “DILLY, DILLY!!”
  16. 1 point
    officiating, while poor, was not the determinative factor........ORU was outcoached and outplayed. USD was the better TEAM on the court last night.
  17. 1 point
    This is what I have always thought.
  18. 1 point
    Was never a fan of Sutton playing upperclassmen regardless of talent or effort. Glad Mills isn't doing the same thing.
  19. 1 point
    If Owens is not in the dog-house why was he benched for the Missouri State game. Did he say something he shouldn't have to someone or was he blamed for the Southern Nazarene loss? In that game Owens, Nzekwisi, White and Miller had 14, 6, 11 & 6 points respectively. The other three big-men didn't show-up until AFTER Owens was benched. Owens was a pre-season conference first team selection and now Old Titan has him "fortunate" to have a role with this team in his senior year. I agree about the back court. They are the key reason ORU only won 2 of its first 11 games. Shot poor in these games and have been on and off as of late.
  20. 1 point
    Agreed, OT. Also, we seem to have fallen in love with shooting the three in the past two games, when the strength of our offense is in the paint. And, when we miss threes, the caroms tend to bounce over our guys who have blocked out to gain rebounding position. That said, we did have several times yesterday where a guard passed up the three and drove towards the basket, only to throw up a wild shot that was usually partially blocked by a defender. Unless our guards have a clear path to the hoop, they should drive the lane and attempt to draw a defender, so they can pass off to one of our bigs for the score. This was working well early in the game, but not much after the first 15 minutes.
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    It's the ONLY way to explain how TU made the 2016 NCAA tournament as a 12-seed, after finishing the AAC regular season in a 3-way tie for THIRD, then losing in the first-round of the AAC tournament. No WAY that happens if they are in C-USA, The Valley, etc.
  23. 1 point
    Connecticut is the school that has put the AAC in the premier ranks of college basketball, with their 4 national titles since 1999 (more than Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas or Michigan State during that span) and their symbiotic relationship with ESPN ("The Worldwide Leader In Sports" got its humble start back in the 70's as the "KGEB" of UConn athletics).
  24. 1 point
    Supposedly ORU offered a different Baylor assistant first who turned it down. Honestly, I've seen a lot of Baylor over the years and they NEVER came across as tough, smart and unselfish to me. But that is exactly what this team is. Granted, sometimes you can have too much talent and egos poison the pudding. But I'm a big believer in teams taking on the personality of the coach. We also happen to have several really high character kids. I've met all of them and there isn't a knucklehead in the group.
  25. 1 point
    I think we threw it down the court to minimize the possibility of them fouling us and eliminate the three point play.
  26. 1 point
    Winning at home and splitting on the road is a great recipe for winning a conference championship. Having played the conference favorite toe-to-toe on their home court gives me great hope for some Summit road wins in the future. Frankly, our toughest three road games are tonight and the next two, so any win in the Dakotas would be a great start to splitting all Summit road games.
  27. 1 point
    Good fight......tough loss.
  28. 1 point
    Get the ball inside....
  29. 1 point
    Give TheEagleman some of that Blue KoolAid that Maniac is drinking....ORU needs to dominate the boards and keep our bigs out of foul trouble....the first 10 minutes are key......The Jacks are an early 11 point favorite...that's a high number.....
  30. 1 point
    I assume these questions are being asked because the Athletic Dept. is looking at a way to save money and yet still broadcast our games. I further assume it is cheaper for the Athletic Dept. to cobble together the live stream we have been getting these last three games on the Athletic Dept. website than it is to broadcast via ESPN3. I do not know this for a fact but am merely speculating. Although the live streams have not been too bad relatively speaking, unless there is some compelling reason such as finances, I would rather see the games on ESPN3 as it is easier to pick up the games and I believe ESPN3 games get us more exposure on a national level. Many people will "surf" the ESPN platforms and watch games they would otherwise not view by taking the time to purposely hunt up our Athletic Dept. website to find the game. I know that I will go to the ESPN platform and "surf" different games for the fun of it. However, if I was not a fan of ORU as well as an alum, I would probably never hunt up our website to try and find our games. Again, if the game is available on those ESPN platforms the casual observer will watch. One final thing if the Athletic Dept. is monitoring this. I was at our game in November with Penn State. I had people sitting around me from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland all of whom were ORU alums or fans or both. To a person we all talked about how nice it was to be able to see our games by watching the ESPN platforms. We also talked about how nice it was to watch the baseball team as well. My point is this, unless there is a serious financial problem using the ESPN platform, please do not substitute the Website for ESPN. There are a lot of people who are watching our programs from afar. It is easy for us to do this if they are on a platform like ESPN.
  31. 1 point
    (I should have never said I was done nit-picking, and this is another promo comment that has nothing to do with the streaming - LOL) For the promo where the contestant is supposed to guess what the crowd is "miming" to them, it appears to the casual observer that fans are just shouting out the answers. The perception could be rectified with a $20 pair of shooting range headphones from the sporting goods department at WalMart - you could even put the sponsor's logos on the sides for the camera close-ups. Even if the contestant can read lips and wins anyway, at least it looks like every effort was made to avoid "shout outs".
  32. 1 point
    This is a fun team to watch....not painful like the past few seasons have been....these kids are young and hungry and they have talent....the Coach is upbeat and willing to try different things if a tactic isn't working....ORU basketball is on the upswing and the future is looking a lot brighter...TheEagleman can see us competing for Summit Championships....if not this year then surely next and beyond.....Thank you Coach Mills....GO BLUE!!!....
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  34. 1 point
    Meanwhile, the ORU women continue to play well (10-5) and are also 2-0 in the conference.
  35. 1 point
    ...you did a fantastic job on the logo redesign. However, as a former Eli (and best of all time according to unconfirmed The Sporting News ORU mascot rankings reports) ditch the chicken suit. Just rip the band aid and ditch it. "It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday." - Boyz II Men
  36. 1 point
    All great points in my opinion, that I agree with.....especially the lack of new merchandise available to fans not in Tulsa. Believe me, I have purchased numerous items from the University Bookstore online, ONLY Nike items, and still, nothing available from the bookstore with new logo that is Nike. Yes, I know there are items on the shopORUgear website, but for my personal taste, nothing that I would ever purchase. If this team keeps playing like it has the last few games and gets on a roll through January and February, maybe into March, please give us some gear!!
  37. 1 point
    Which, of course, means that ORU is 35+ points better than Indiana. With that kind of math, I may have a future in Washington D.C.
  38. 1 point
    A Sloppy win 76-60 win with 16 turnovers but we played good D and Fort Wayne made only three 3 point shots all night....yeah, officiating was horrible in the 2nd half which really disrupted the flow of the game and helped to keep the teams under the number I needed....but no big loss....TheEagleman prefers the ORU win.......double doubles for E-Man and Javan....Kearns and Albert with very nice games....we held Fort Wayne 24 points under their normal offense numbers and if ORU plays like this for the next two months we will not be a team that anyone wants to face in Sioux Falls....TheEagleman was impressed...it's a great start to the season and need to beat WIU on Saturday because next week we head up to the Dakotas vs SDSU and NDSU where we will see what if what we have seen the past week is a mirage.....But one game at a time....this team has come a long way since the loss vs. So. Nazarene.....congrats to Coach Mills and the guys.....
  39. 1 point
    Well that escalated quickly. ORU takes a 5 pt halftime lead and...expands it with a 22-5 run? Who are these guys
  40. 1 point
    the back court on Kearns was one of the worst things I've ever seen..........why his crew did not overrule him is beyond me
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  42. 1 point
    Maybe some new uniforms tonight?!......
  43. 1 point
    alleged abuser...........2 jurisdictions chose not to prosecute and even the female NFL investigator did not believe the accuser and recommended against suspension good luck with Nick Foles in the playoffs Eagleman......
  44. 1 point
    Have a half RJ! 13 pts and 7 assists
  45. 1 point
    Whatever color the uni is, it will be nice to see the new ORU font, I would think since they’ve started wearing the road ones the homes gotta be ready to go! still holding out hope for a Titans retro uni sometime soon....
  46. 1 point
    It sounds like NDSU and SDSU went on a leap pf faith and UND waited and took a wait and see approach. It seems like it worked out for all involved. I think the Big Sky realized that they screwed up by not taking NDSU and SDSU and didn't want to screw up again so that is why the took UND. Here are some quotes from a Argus Leader (Sioux Falls main paper) from June 22nd, 2006. SDSU could feel heatWhen SDSU and NDSU began NCAA Division I competition in 2004 - citing the number of smaller, less prestigious schools moving into Division II - it drastically altered the state of college athletics in the Upper Midwest.It also was perhaps the biggest trigger for UND to move its other 18 sports into D-I with its men's and women's hockey teams."You could almost predict what was going to happen," said Fred Oien, SDSU's athletic director. "We were looking at what was happening in Division II, and it didn't fit what South Dakota State wanted, and the same with North Dakota State and North Dakota."UND, which plans to begin the five-year transition process mandated by the NCAA in the 2007-08 school year, will not be eligible for Division I postseason play in sports other than hockey until 2012-13. Most of NDSU and SDSU's teams will be eligible in 2008-09, with the volleyball and wrestling squads able to compete for the D-I postseason this fall.SDSU and NDSU continue to package themselves as a partner deal for prospective conferences, but a renewed UND-NDSU partnership could put the Jackrabbits in a tough situation. Another option involves NCC schools making the Division I leap as a group - a proposal discussed since the early days of SDSU's investigative process.Gross said one of the drawbacks is that if the entire league moves to Division I, it would take 13 years before the NCAA would even consider granting it an automatic berth to the financially lucrative men's basketball tournament. It might not even grant that request. Sorry about bringing this to your board but it is an article from back in the day. Gross was Augie's AD in Sioux Falls, SD.
  47. 1 point
    Some bulletin board material for Javan tonight, from Jay Bilas' mid-season "best" list: Best rebounder: Jordan Murphy, Minnesota Golden Gophers Murphy is relentless, and it is impossible to keep relentless off the glass. But he is far more than relentless. Murphy has size, great hands and he has a hunger for the ball. Murphy leads the nation in rebounding at over 13 per game, and leads the nation in offensive rebounding at 5.33 per game. Murphy is the nation's best rebounder, and it is not a close call. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/21814971/jay-bilas-best-thing-seen-far-season I have a feeling ORU matches up better with Minnesota than they did with Arkansas, but that might just be wishful thinking. No way to predict how much fatigue may play a factor tonight. We'll see...
  48. 1 point
    Horrible match-up in terms of personnel and styles. Three goals vs. Arkansas and Minnesota: • Try to maintain composure, no matter what. • Stay healthy. • Bank the checks.
  49. 1 point
    When OSU pressed ORU earlier this year, we completely fell apart. Here is hoping that we have learned from the OSU experience and will be better prepared to handle the pressure.
  50. 1 point
    That’s actually an incredible idea. Would love to see that. I’d buy some of that merch!
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