The John Brown Golden Eagles (12-3, 6-1) are sitting at the top of the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) coming into this matchup including coming off a big win over Langston University. The USAO Drovers (10-3, 4-2) are currently 4th in the Sooner Athletic Conference and are coming off back to back big conference wins over Oklahoma City and Mid-America Christian University.
The Golden Eagles are sitting at first in the conference in fewest points allowed at 69 points per game. The Drovers offense is averaging 87 points per contest. The Drovers have dominated the glass this year as they are sitting on top of the conference in rebounds with 46 rebounds per game. On the season the Drovers have defended home court really well as they are 6-0 at home on the season. The Golden Eagles are 4-2 on the road on the season.
What To Know About USAO:
The Drovers high powered offense, come into this game averaging 87 points and the defense does the job as they are allowing 80 points per game. A big key to this game will be the rebounding. The Drovers are currently 4th in all the NAIA in defensive rebounds per game with 37 per game.
The Drovers are led by SO. guard Cameron Hines who is averaging 16 points and 5 assists per game. He ranks 19th in the NAIA in three-point percentage sitting at 48% coming into this contest. Hines season high in points came against Southwest in November where he put up 31 points. Another weapon for the Drovers is SR. Foward Geno Artison. He is averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds per game. In the game against Oklahoma City just last week Artison played one of his best game of the year scoreing 8 points and 17 rebounds. Lately, a key player for the Drovers has been the JR. Dedrian Parmer. He is averaging 12 points on the season and 8 rebounds per game. During conference play Parmer has picked up his play as he is scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds per game.
The Drovers are coached by Chris Francis who is in his 4th season with the Drovers.
What To Know About The Golden Eagles:
The offense for the Golden Eagles is ranked 7th in the conference as they average 84 points per game. The defense is the main focus for John Brown as they are only allowing 69 points per game.
The Golden Eagles are led by SR forward Josh Bowling who is averaging 17 points and 5 rebounds per contest. In conference play, Bowling is averaging 20 points per game. Bowling has been impressive from the free throw line this season, as he is 3rd in the NAIA with an 89% free throw percentage. Another big piece to this team is SR. Jake Caudle who is averaging 14 points per game and 4 rebounds per contest.
The Golden Eagles are coach by Jason Beschta, as he is in his 4th season as head coach.
In head to head matchups, John Brown has a 17-8 record dating back to 2007 against the Drovers. The two teams split their head to head matchups in 2018 with both teams winning their home games.
Head Coach Chris Francis said “Tomorrow’s game is going to be our biggest challenge and test all year, due to the fact we’re playing a national ranked team and some of our key players are banged up and really the fact that this will be our 3rd game in 6 days and 2 out of the 3 games have been nationally ranked opponents. JBU’s coming into this game with 4 days off, which it could be good and bad, but for us we’re in game shape and haven’t had time to get out this grove we’re in so even though it’s been a grueling week, I think it will help us tomorrow. Our guys are ready, they know how big this game is, I look for guys like Clay, Cam, Greyden and Hutch to get it going offensively. If our fans haven’t been able to catch us in action yet, I can promise tomorrow will be a game they’d want to see! I can’t promise a win, but I can promise these guys are going to play their heart out and it’ll be a fun game to take in!”