The 10th ranked John Brown Golden Eagles head to Chickasha, Oklahoma to take on the USAO Drovers in a big Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) matchup. The Golden Eagles come into this game with a 19-2 record and currently are 10-1 in conference play. USAO comes into play with a 10-11 record and are sitting at 4-7 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Coming into this contest the Golden Eagles have been one of the hottest teams in the conference riding a 7 game win streak which including knocking off #2 ranked Mid-America. The Drovers are coming off a 91-63 win over Bacone college on Thursday night. USAO has defended their home court well as they are 5-2 at home on the season.
Both these teams love to shoot the 3 ball as they both combine for 59 attempts per game. Both teams are the top 2 in made threes per game. The Drovers are cashing in 11 per game which leads the SAC and the Golden Eagles are sitting with 10 per contest.
Saturday’s matchup is slated for a 3:45 p.m. CT tip at Drover Fieldhouse in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
What To Know About The Drovers:
USAO come into this contest with a chance to get to .500 and back on track. This will be the second of four games during this homestand for the Drovers as they look to take advantage of the home floor. USAO is 5-2 at home on the season and has wins over Oklahoma City and Randall University.
The USAO offense has had no problem scoring this year as they are averaging 87 points per game which ranks them 4th in the SAC. The problem for the Drovers has been on the defensive side of the ball as they are allowing 84 points per game, which is currently last in the conference. The Drovers have made up big time on rebounding as they rank number 1 in the SAC in rebounds per game with 42 per contest.
The Drovers this season are led by Dylan Causwell, Cameron Hines, Moses Byekwaso and Trenton Sandifer. Causwell the lone Senior on this roster is averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds per contest. Causwell this season has managed to pick up 6 double-doubles along the way to rank him second in the SAC. Hines, 5-10 Junior is averaging 12 points and 3 assists for the Drovers on the season. Hines Ranks Number 32 in NAIA Division I in Total 3-Pt FG Made with 51 on the season. Byekwaso the 6-3 Junior is averaging 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists for the Drovers. The Drovers have gotten a nice spark from Byekwaso as he is shooting 35% from behind the arc and he also averages 2 made threes per contest. Sandifer the 6-7 Junior has been a big addition to this Drover squad as he is averaging 8 points and 6 boards per contest for USAO. Along with those stats, Sandifer Ranks Number 1 in the SAC in Blocks with 2 per contest. With his great size he has been a big factor on the offensive rebounding for the Drovers as he Ranks Number 31 in NAIA Division I in Offensive Rebounds per Game with 3.
Junior Forward Trenton Sandifer said “Saturday is a huge game for us and could be a good turning point for our season. We have yet to play our best basketball, so all I have to say is that you do not want to miss the show this Saturday”
The Drovers are coached by Chris Francis, who is in his 5th season with the Drovers. The USAO assistant coaches are Chisum Lane and James Davis.
What To Know About The Golden Eagles:
After a big win at home against 2nd rank Mid-America, John Brown now has its eyes set on the top spot in the SAC. With the win the Golden Eagles now pull within just a half game atop the Sooner Athletic standings.
This Golden Eagles team has been centered around its ability to shoot the 3-pointer and also its capability to play on the defensive side of the ball. The defense is holding opponents to just 66 points per game which ranks first in the conference. John Brown has also defend the 3-pointer very well this season as they are holding teams to just 30% from behind the arc. The offense, the Golden Eagles is averaging 80 points per game which ranks them 8th in the conference.
The Golden Eagles this season have been led by Luke Harper, Densier Carnes and Rokas Grabliauskas. Harper the 6-3 Sophomore is averaging 17 points and 4 rebounds for the Golden Eagles. He has also been very strong from behind the arc, as he is shooting 42% for John Brown. Carnes the 6-6 Junior is averaging 14 points and an impressive 9 rebounds per contest for John Brown. Carnes has been dominant on the glass this season, as he ranks Number 9 in NAIA Division I in Total Total Rebounds with 189. Grabliauskas the 6-4 Junior is currently averaging 12 points and 2 rebounds for John Brown. He is also shooting very impressive from behind the arc, as he is shooting 41% for the Golden Eagles.
John Brown is coach by Jason Beschta, who is in his sixth season as head men’s basketball coach. His assistant Tim Kisner is in his second season with the Golden Eagles.
Dating back to 2007, these two teams have battled 28 times and John Brown lead the series 18-10.
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