Men's basketball preview

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 23, 2010) — The Golden Eagles return to SAC action this week beginning with No. 25 Oklahoma Christian on the road on Thursday at 8 p.m., and then they return home to close out the regular season on Saturday against Northwestern Okla. State at 6 p.m.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN EAGLES: The Golden Eagles received votes for the national poll once again this week after downing the Texas duo of Lubbock Christian and Wayland Baptist in both home games last week. The Eagles had strong performances in both games from junior Andrius Mikutis who averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game. Senior Davaughn Jackson continues to lead the team in scoring at a 15.6 ppg clip. He also leads in the rebound column with 7.8 per game. Now 20-8 overall and 12-8 in Sooner Athletic Conference play, JBU looks close out the regular season against No. 25 Oklahoma Christian and Northwestern Okla. State. JBU lost back to back games to both these opponents coming out of the Christmas break. They fell 79-90 to Northwestern on Jan. 2 and lost 75-81 to Oklahoma Christian on Jan. 4. JBU is currently in fifth place in the conference standings, one spot behind OC and four spots ahead of NWOSU.

ABOUT THE OC EAGLES: The Eagles of OC are possibly coming of their biggest week of the season after upsetting second ranked Oklahoma Baptist last Saturday 64-58. They also picked up two wins over St. Gregory’s to give them a 3-0 record on the week. Now 21-7 overall and 13-7 in the SAC, OC climbed to No. 25 in the latest NAIA poll. All-American Jason Taylor, a 6-7 senior forward from Edmond, Okla., leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 19.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. He recently claimed is second SAC Player of the Week honor for his performances last week. As a team, the Eagles are number two in the nation in total assists (505) with 5-11 junior point guard Jeff Crocker of Sugarland, Texas ranking first individually with 185 (6.7 apg) on the year. OC currently averages 71.2 ppg as a team, while holding opponents to 67.1 ppg.

ABOUT THE NWOSU RANGERS: The Rangers are coming off a rough week where they finished 1-2 after defeating SGU but falling twice to OBU. They have three players average in double-digits led by 6-7 senior forward Brandon Dixon of Oxnard, Calif. with 16.7 points per game. Dixon also leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. As a team, NWOSU averages 73.9 ppg while giving up 74.1 ppg to their opponents. As the ninth team in the current SAC standings, the Rangers are two games behind the eight placed team Lubbock Christian (Texas) and would lose the tiebreaker against LCU even if LCU lost both games this week and they won both their games.

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