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As the overall college basketball season kicks off today, here is a way to keep an eye on ORU's rivals in the Summit League.   Any upsets or teams that look good in their non-conference games.  See how SDSU looks against top 20 Alabama in a couple of days.

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Western Illinois with a nice 75-74 upset win (17 point underdogs) at Big 10 foe Nebraska. Much better start than our road trip to Colorado. 

And SDSU beat Bradley 81-65 at home, covering the 9 point line.

Unfortunately St. Thomas, in what had to be one of their best chances at an early D1 win, lost 77-72 at Chicago State, despite being 7.5 point favorites.

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Western Illinois outrebounded Nebraska by 20 on the road, that is impressive.  They have quite a frontline of bigs/forwards.  Glad ORU does not play them now because DJ would have no chance versus that frontcourt.

St. Thomas is still impressive that they jumped from DIII to DI and almost won their first game.  Yes, Chicago State is maybe the worst team in D1 but still D3 is a couple of levels down, even from Chicago State.

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Denver lost tonight to an NAIA school named Ottawa University Arizona.  They trailed by 15 at half and had to rally at the end to even make it close (trailed by 10 with three minutes left) Ouch!

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8 hours ago, Keenan Henderson said:

Denver lost tonight to an NAIA school named Ottawa University Arizona.  They trailed by 15 at half and had to rally at the end to even make it close (trailed by 10 with three minutes left) Ouch!

Wow. Thankfully, that won't hit their RPI. Now that Western Illinois is finally looking to break the 300 RPI barrier, Denver is going to replace them as the bottom 5 NCAA programs. Disappointing. 

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Jacks lost by 16 at Alabama giving up over 100....:sdsu:     NDSU edges Cal Poly.....:NDSU:

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Tulsa blows a double digit 2nd half lead and loses at home tonight to Air Force on a late 3 pointer...such a shame......😄

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53 minutes ago, theeagleman5 said:

Tulsa blows a double digit 2nd half lead and loses at home tonight to Air Force on a late 3 pointer...such a shame......😄

Tulsa loses to the same Air Force team that lost at Summit League foe South Dakota by 6 on Thursday.  Interesting...

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SDSU with a nice win on the road agaisnt a good mid major team in Stephen F. Austin.  South Dakota loses by 49 to Drake!  So far it has been up and down for the Summit league teams.

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South Dakota beats Air Force and then gets drummed by Drake… though I think AF is not supposed to be good and Drake is a possible top tier MVC school.  

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21 hours ago, TrueBlue82 said:

Tulsa loses to the same Air Force team that lost at Summit League foe South Dakota by 6 on Thursday.  Interesting...

TU plays Colorado State in a showcase doubleheader in Fort Worth next month; I would pick the Rams by 15-20 points. 

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Man, interesting night so far for Summit League teams:

  • UMKC stomps Missouri in Columbia, 80-66, leading by double-digits the entire secon half. Biggest win for the Roos since ???
  • Denver (of all teams) throttles IUPUI 63-47. No idea whether the Jaguars are any good these days, but considering the Pioneers lost to a non-D1 the last time out, this is a great bounce back. 
  • North Dakota comes from behind at home to defeat Montana, 79-77.  Tulsa Memorial star Caleb Nero chips in 14 in the win.
  • St. Thomas falls by 6 at Fordham; on the heels of their first D1 victory over the weekend at St. Francis (NY). Interesting approach they are taking in their non-conference schedule, playing other Catholic schools in the Big Apple, reminiscent of ORU in the early days. 
  • NDSU trailing early in the first half on the road at UNLV. 
     
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Some nice wins by the Summit League…good to see some success. It should help with the league’s overall ranking. 

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Meanwhile down at 11th & Harvard, TU and Oregon State grinding their way through a tight one with 10 minutes to go, before rows and rows of empty seats. First team to 70 wins.

Brutal exhibit of basketball acumen; like watching an intramural game between scrubs from their respective football squads.

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34 minutes ago, Old Titan said:

Meanwhile down at 11th & Harvard, TU and Oregon State grinding their way through a tight one with 10 minutes to go, before rows and rows of empty seats. First team to 70 wins.

TU survives 64-58; not sure what possessed me to think, at 49-46 with 10 minutes to go, that either of these squads could score 70 points in regulation.

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Oregon State shot 4 of 11 from the free throw line. TU was 16 of 20. That, and turnovers (15 vs. 10) was the difference. 

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After watching TU last night they appear to be a decent team. They definitely have some bigs that can rebound and score around the rim. Their guards are decent shootets if left open. ORU will need to make shots and free throws as well as crash the boards in order to win. I think overall OSU made TU look better because of how sloppy they played.

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I thought TU looked big & strong, but also slow & sloppy.

Tempo will be a huge factor in the game at the Mabee Center.  A grinder such as this one will favor TU; a track meet plays into ORU’s hands. 

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Yes if we play up tempo with few turnovers and hit shots we will be hard to beat. A slow inside game favors TU. Max has not had the privilege of beating TU as his freshman year we lost and did not play last year so  I anticipate Max and the crew will be hungry for a W. Im glad we will have a few games under our belt before we play them.

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TheEagleman watched some of that TU-Oregon St. game last night....very sloppy but give the Hurricane their due for gutting out a win.....and I also took notice of the empty arena.....sad state of college basketball in Tulsa....hopefully a few more than that will be at Mabee Center when we play on the 29th.....ORU can beat them....I wasn't very impressed....:tb-white:

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NDSU falls to UNLV by two points late Monday night in Vegas; in a horrible bit of scheduling they face Arizona tonight in Tucson.

The Bison are playing without veteran starter Sam Greisel, who underwent emergency surgery for an undisclosed abdominal issue a few days ago, just before NDSU's game at Cal Poly.  Unclear when (or if) he might return to play, but he was spotted on the bench in street clothes for the UNLV game.

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Good call OT, NDSU ran into bad scheduling and lost to Arizona tonight by 52!  They were a shell of themselves after back to back road games.

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10 hours ago, Keenan Henderson said:

Good call OT, NDSU ran into bad scheduling and lost to Arizona tonight by 52!  They were a shell of themselves after back to back road games.

A reminder of how challenging travel is and how hard these guys are playing. Without a day to allow the body to recover, they just didn't have any fight in them. 

Also makes you have a bit more respect for the NBA guys that are travelling all over the country and play back to backs on a regular basis, even back-to-back-to-backs every now and then. 

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No doubt playing back to back games is tough. I also wonder how stopping Rocky Kreuser affected the game. NDSU seems to go through the big guy. I had a conversation this summer with Eli Lufile and he expressed how much he missed playing in the Summit League finals last year and being able to guard Kreuser. He felt he could have really slowed him down. It will be fun this year to see the 2 big guys go at it!

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3 hours ago, EagleManiac said:

A reminder of how challenging travel is and how hard these guys are playing. Without a day to allow the body to recover, they just didn't have any fight in them. 

Also makes you have a bit more respect for the NBA guys that are travelling all over the country and play back to backs on a regular basis, even back-to-back-to-backs every now and then. 

In terms of travel days, NDSU almost seemed to treat these three locales on their West Coast swing like they were all in the same vicinity.

I can maybe understand the dates if you're playing all three games in the LA area, or something like UNLV/Southern Utah/and Nevada-Reno, but Cal Poly/UNLV/Arizona are several hundred miles apart from each other.

In contrast, St. Thomas played St. Francis (NY) in Brooklyn on Saturday, then only had to travel 19 miles to play Fordham in the Bronx on Monday.

Wonder if they took the subway?

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