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Sutton prepping squad for tough stretch

The 2015-16 season is underway, and Sutton feels like this year’s team is the most talented he has coached in a long time. During his 21-year career, Sutton has become one of the most successful coaches in the business. Sutton is the all-time winningest coach in ORU history with more than 300 wins (306-208, .595) in 16 seasons.

“This school means a lot to me,” said Sutton. “I’m blessed and fortunate to be here as long as I have.”

This season the Golden Eagles may have the pieces necessary to get back to the NCAA Tournament, where they haven’t been since 2008.

“I really like this team,” said Sutton. “This could be the deepest team we’ve had in a long time. I love the character of this team. They aren’t afraid to put in the work. They definitely have a chance to be really good.”

2015 Holiday Preview

As the men’s basketball team gears up for a challenging December schedule, the young team will be tested.

“As we go through the season the young guys will get more experience, and then you throw in the fact that we have the best player in the league in Obi,” said Sutton. “He can take over at any given point in the game. He means a lot to this team.”

The men’s basketball team is currently 1-1 on the season. The guys won their first game against Missouri State, but came up short in their first road test against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Obi Emegano scored 31 points, including a perfect 10-10 effort from the stripe, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Coach Frank Martin’s squad.

The Golden Eagles next set of games will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday. The team will compete in the 2015-16 Men Against Breast Cancer Classic hosted by James Madison University. The tournament starts today as Sutton and company face-off against UT-Martin at noon, Saturday against James Madison at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday against Florida International at 12:30 p.m. The tourney concludes with a game back at the Mabee Center against Tabor on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The calendar year concludes with their toughest competition. They begin with the annual PSO Mayor’s Cup against cross-town rival, University of Tulsa, on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Reynolds Center. A week later, the men will play the University of Oklahoma and senior standout guard, Buddy Hield on Dec. 12. Finally on Dec. 19, ORU will face No. 3 LSU, which may turn out to be the Golden Eagles’ toughest test.

After the tough non-conference schedule, ORU opens up conference play with a game in Indianapolis, Indiana against IPFW on Dec. 30 at 6 p.m.

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