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  1. 3 points
    One of your posters came over to the Missouri State board and offered up some thoughts on the game so I figured I would return the favor here. In all my time following Missouri State athletics, this team is the biggest mystery of all of them. Generally, you know who is going to be pretty good, who was pretty good as a recruit, what style you will play on offense/defense and have a baseline for what things will be like when games start and whether the season is a rebuilding year, competitive year, or something in-between. This team though, is quite unique due to a number of factors: 1. There are five transfers on this team currently sitting out and not eligible for this game. The Bears have put in waivers for four of them already and are awaiting word (one of the transfers is a walk-on transfer from DII). Missouri State is holding out hope to hear something on the transfers this weekend, but especially on Jared Ridder. Ridder is a freshman transfer from Xavier who sat out last year but since he was enrolled with Xavier for the start of the fall semester last year, he does not satisfy the two semester residency rule. He never practiced with Xavier and Springfield is his hometown so they're hopeful. He would change things quite a bit as a former Missouri Gatorade POY and a 4-star recruit. He's a 6-9 F who can really shoot it. 2. Three other players new to the team have hardly been seen before. One, Josh Webster, is a grad transfer from Texas Tech and was the #1 Juco PG coming out, but barely played with Texas Tech and is learning a new system here. The other two are 6-10 Polish twins who are here as freshmen. As you can imagine, there is limited film on both of them, but they did both play for the U18 Polish national team. Szymon Wojcik is the one who will probably start and he's a shooter. He had 16 against Evangel in the fans first real view of him with the program. His brother, Jan, is a slasher type who has more to learn to make a big impact. 3. The remaining players are a 6-11 RS freshman, Darian Scott, who is merely a rim runner. 6-5 Keandre Cook is a Juco wing transfer who will be relied on to be a slasher. Kabir Muhammad is a power player used as an undersized forward. 6-5, 230 is a Juco transfer and was highly rated. 4. Coach Ford has said the way he wants to play here (3's, FT's, layups only) is a different philosophy than he used last year at Tennessee State. He says it's because he had limited access to talent at that school and had to play with what he had, but we will see. Missouri State has 15 players on their roster, but only 10 available for the game, with one being a walk-on from last year, Ross Owens. Look for them to start the following players: PG- Josh Webster, 6-3, transfer from Texas Tech SG- Jared Dixon, 6-4, probably leading returning player. SF- Keandre Cook, 6-5, Juco transfer PF- Szymon Wojcik, 6-10, Polish freshman C- Obediah Church, 6-7, returning player is a high flyer. Because of the home court advantage, I'll say the Bears win it in a 5-point game, but that's mainly just hope because this is one where both teams have a lot of unknowns going into the game. Good luck this season.
  2. 2 points
    As a fan of ORU basketball since 1985 here are a few thoughts for today. The BYU game went as expected.....a 20+ point defeat. Besides being a fan of ORU I have been a life long fan of the Washington State Cougars(perhaps the only one in Tulsa).As a Coug fan I am no stranger to lean years. When Mike Leach showed up in Pullman 7 years ago he had no inherited talent and good coaching ability. It has taken him 5-7 years to finally have a nationally ranked team with good talent that can compete on the national stage. If any of you have ever been to Pullman , WA you will have a greater appreciation for what Leach has accomplished. Tulsa is a much, much easier place to recruit to than Pullman! Is Paul Mills the right coach that can get ORU to national prominence? Time will tell but I assure you it wont happen overnight! With said if by next season we don't start seeing some better talent ie. some shooters that can consistently knock down the 3 then we are sunk. Every good team and even some average one's like CBU have consistent 3 point shooting. ORU hasn't had good 3 point shooting in 5+ years!Here are my 5 ingredients to success: 1) recruiting, 2)recruiting, 3) recruiting, 4) recruiting, 5) coaching and developing the talent that has been recruited! Maybe I am missing something but if you build it they will come! I have seen to many lesser schools build successful long term programs. WHY NOT ORU!!!
  3. 2 points
    With those eyes, they may have to start calling him her Elly.
  4. 2 points
    I know this is a sports network but I wanted to share my new theology and biblical studies book that I have just published. My new book titled "The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit" is about how the cross, the Spirit, & healing are interconnected. It's the message that Paul preached in Corinth & is relevant for our church! It's 20% off on Wipf & Stock Click here to see Really, it is an expansion of my senior paper that I wrote in 1983 at ORU. I'm so glad I didn't throw away all those papers and books that my dad paid for many years ago. It paid off for me. www.cletushull.com
  5. 2 points
    Regardless of how good this team turns out to be, I was looking forward to this season...until I was told I need surgery that will probably keep me from attending any November games. Although I'm hoping I'll be well enough to catch a few before the end of the month. I appreciate all prayers for a speedy recovery. I'm not "the Gipper," but they better win some for me. Go, Golden Eagles!
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    I sat right behind ORU's bench last night and here is my take on this year's team: This team seems to have fight in them and they seem to pull for one another so I believe they will continue to improve as long as their attitude stays positive. With that said my take is that we do not have an overly talented team so they will only get so good. Coach Mills has done a decent job of filling in some gaps with some graduate transfer players and juco players. However to reach the next level we need better talent. Like old John Wooden used to say "my players made me look good". I grew up in Spokane, WA where my high schools arch rival was Gonzaga Prep. John Stockton was a senior when I was a sophomore. John went on to the then NAIA Gonzaga University and put them on the map. Since that time the level of recruiting at Gonzaga steadily improved until now under Mark Few he has created a culture and pipeline of players that have the talent and expectation to compete at the top national level. By the way Gonzaga is roughly the size of ORU. Can ORU do what Gonzaga has done? I believe so with an administration and coach that has the desire and vision. Let's face it ORU has has great facilities, good location, and a unique brand that if used to it's advantage could rise to a much higher level. If Gonzaga can arise from a lowly NAIA school to where they are why can't ORU follow a similar pattern?
  8. 1 point
    This is a young/new team with lots of new parts and without its two point guards. I think it will take time to find the right combinations and for them to get used to playing together. The key is to make progress and not get discouraged with setbacks.
  9. 1 point
    Both ORU basketball coaches (Paul Mills and Misti Cussen) have agreed to field questions from the ORU Sports message board before the start of the upcoming basketball season. This is your chance to ask the coaches something that has been on your mind – and to get an answer. The answers will be posted via the ORU social media accounts as well as here on the message board. Please post your questions here and watch for the answers! The coaches have also agreed to take questions throughout the season, with the answers given during their regular radio shows. If your question is chosen, you will win a free dinner at the next ORU Coaches radio program.
  10. 1 point
    And Coach chose your question for the inaugural response. He said the major emphasis has been defense. We were not good last year - and given the skill level of the Summit League, the team has to get better... especially on the perimeter
  11. 1 point
    If Mike number 1 retires in the future, I hope we get Mike number 2 to take over the reins at ORU. Just a thought. I miss that number 2.
  12. 1 point
    The bad: Shot selection - WAY too many three attempts. Just seemed to be settling for what Missouri St. was giving. I think a lot of teams will let ORU shoot from 3 this season. Bad spacing & passing - An awful lot of miss-communicated passes to the interior and in transition. Defense - No cutting off drivers to the basket and very little help. The good: Only the first game and things can only improve.
  13. 1 point
    I'm not sure how I missed this announcement....just saw the commish reference it on the Summit media day interview on the league facebook page......the RPI for men's basketball is no more. Division I Men’s Basketball Committee adopts new ranking system https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2018-08-22/division-i-mens-basketball-committee-adopts-new-ranking NCAA Introduces NET Ranking System to Replace RPI https://www.si.com/college-basketball/2018/ncaa-net-ranking-system-rpi-replacement-explained
  14. 1 point
    It will be interesting to see how all the new guys do on the road in a first game. How will they handle the jitters? Both teams are pretty even. They have three players returning (based on ESPN) and we have four. They have a new coach and we have a 2nd year coach. But the home court advantage is worth ten points so final score maybe 78-68. As far as the starting five it seems that we will most likely see the three returners from last year (Kearns, E-man, and Miller) along with Jurgens and maybe Smith. Saying that only because everyone is raving about Smith and Jurgens.
  15. 1 point
    Is the ORU administration making the financial commitment it takes to have a winning program? cost of attendance payments recruiting budget travel budget salaries, support staff, etc
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