At some sort of welcome-back-to-campus event yesterday, Oral Roberts University paid tribute to its mascot by bringing in a real, live Bald Eagle. The eagle got a little disoriented. Did we mention the chapel has enormous glass walls?
Pittsburgh Panthers (26-9) vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (24-8)
When: Thursday, 2:30 p.m.
1. Three In A Row. It's the third consecutive tournament appearance for the Golden Eagles, and their seed seems to grow each year. Two years ago, they were a No. 16 seed, and one major national basketball analyst predicted them to beat No. 1 seed Memphis. (Didn't happen.) In 1973, the team reached the Elite Eight…
Washington State Cougars (25-7) vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (23-10)
When: Thursday, 2:40 p.m.
1. So, Then, Why The Hell Are You At Oral Roberts? The Golden Eagles, in the tournament for the second year in a row, are defined by their star player, Caleb Green. He's a 6-8 forward who has won the Mid-Continent player of the year award three years in a row, which I guarantee will never happen again in any major…
Rarely does the opportunity present itself for us to write about Oral Roberts around here, and when it involves a victory over the toupeed and suddenly under-fire Bill Self, it's too much for us to resist.
Memphis Tigers (30-3) vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (21-11).
When: Friday, 3 p.m.
1. Bill Self Was There Back When He Had Real Hair. Kansas' toupeed head coach started his coaching career at Oral Roberts in the mid '90s, a mere 10 years ago. He turned the team around, raising their record from 6-21 in 1995 to 21-6 in 1997, after which he went to Tulsa, Illinois and finally Kansas. Self actually…
We're just five days away from Selection Sunday — which, in combination with the season premiere of "The Sopranos," is pretty much more fun than any day should be allowed to be — and we're still working on our big NCAA Tournament Project. (All teams remain signed up for. Honestly, you guys rule.)
So we were watching the Illini's 89-64 victory over Southeast Missouri State last night — we have the ESPN Full Court package; you honestly do not want to know how much money we give that network — and when it was over, we flipped around the other games. It was a bad Full Court night; nothing but blowouts, except for…