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ORU Faces Off Against Western Illinois Saturday

ORU Faces Off Against Western Illinois Saturday

The Basics
Oral Roberts (10-19, 6-8) at Western Illinois (8-18, 3-10)
 Saturday, February 23, 2019 / 7 p.m.
TV/Video: ESPN3
Radio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM
Location: Macomb, Ill. / Western Hall 

  ESPN3     |     Live Stats   |     The Franchise

ORU Notes  |   WIU Notes   | Summit League Notes

ORUMBB | ORUAthletics  |    ORUMBB | ORUAthletics  |   ORUMBB     


MACOMB, Ill. – The final road trip of the regular season, the Oral Roberts men's basketball team will travel to Western Illinois for a Saturday contest.

Saturday's game will tip off at 7 p.m. and will be ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Adam Hildebrandt's radio call of the game can be heard on The Franchise at 107.9 FM and 1270 AM, and online at

Important Links
ORU Game Notes: at Western Illinois
Opponent Game Notes: at Western Illinois
Summit League Notes: Week 16
Live Stats: at Western Illinois
TV / Live Video: ESPN3
Free Audio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM

Scouting the Opponent
• Kobe Webster leads the scoring efforts for the Leathernecks at 17.3 points per game, while Brandon Gilbeck averages 8.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game and recently recorded the Summit League's first triple-double since 2007 against Fort Wayne.

• ORU took the first meeting of the season against the Leathernecks 82-63 thanks to 19 points from Kevin Obanor, 12 from Francis Lācis and Emmanuel Nzekwesi. ORU held WIU to just 7-25 (28 percent) from 3-point range and used a 23-0 run in the first half to break the game open.

Quick Hits
• ORU is 33-10 all-time against WIU, but has a 14-6 record in Macomb.

• ORU has the only duo (Obanor and Nzekwesi) to rank in the top 10 in the Summit League in scoring an rebounding. Nzekwesi is 8th in scoring at 14.9 ppg, while Obanor is 10th at 14.2 ppg. Nzekwesi is 4th in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and Obanor is 6th (7.1 rpg).

• ORU is 23rd in the nation in total rebounds with 1,039 and 49th in the nation in total 3-pointers made (241).

Kevin Obanor is 23rd nationally in field-goal percentage (60.3), leading the Summit League in that category. Among freshmen nationally, Obanor is fourth in field-goal percentage, 13th in rebounding, 14th in offensive rebounding and tied for 14th in double-doubles.

DeShang Weaver is 63rd in total 3-pointers made (72). Weaver is the top freshman in The Summit League in 3-point percentage, and second among freshmen in blocked shots and 3-pointers made

For the latest information on ORU men's basketball, follow @ORUMBB on Twitter or Instagram, or go to Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the ORU Athletics Front Row App at  or the ORU Golden Eagles Live App in iTunes or the Google Play Store. For tickets, visit or call 495-7ORU (7678).


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