OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 10, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian fans will have plenty of opportunities to familiarize themselves with the new-look Eagles during the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.
OC’s schedule, announced by coach Dan Hays on Sunday, will include 15 home games and three more elsewhere in Oklahoma. The first semester, especially, is full of home games, as seven of the Eagles’ first eight games will be at home, with the only road contest just a 10-minute trip from the OC campus.
The Eagles will have eight new players on this season’s squad and 12 of OC’s 15 players will be either freshmen or sophomores. Only one starter, center John Moon, will return from last season’s team, which finished 10-17.
OC will open its season Nov. 15 with its traditional homecoming game, with Dallas Christian (Texas) providing the opposition. Three days later, OC will make the short trip across Edmond to play at longtime rival Central Oklahoma. OC and UCO have split a pair of games the past two seasons, with each winning on the other’s court.
The Eagles then will begin a six-game homestand by facing Southwestern (Kan.) on Nov. 21. On Thanksgiving weekend, OC will host a four-team classic and will play archrival Southern Nazarene on Nov. 28 and Southwestern Christian on Nov. 29. OC split a pair of games last season against SNU.
Cameron will visit OC on Dec. 6, marking the Aggies’ first visit to the Eagles’ Nest since the early 1980s and wrapping up nonconference play for OC.
OC will open Heartland Conference action at home on Dec. 16 against St. Edward’s (Texas) and will host Texas-Permian Basin two days later.
The Eagles will be off until New Year’s Day, when they will visit St. Mary’s (Texas), followed by a game two days later at Texas A&M International.
OC then will return home for games on Jan. 8 against Oklahoma Panhandle State, Jan. 10 against Lubbock Christian (Texas), Jan. 15 against Newman (Kan.) and Jan. 17 against Dallas Baptist (Texas), the team that eliminated OC in last season’s National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region tournament quarterfinals.
After another road swing to Rogers State on Jan. 22 and Arkansas-Fort Smith on Jan. 24, the Eagles will host Texas A&M International on Jan. 29 and St. Mary’s on Jan. 31.
Then come four straight games away from home – Feb. 5 at Lubbock Christian, Feb. 7 at Oklahoma Panhandle State, Feb. 12 at Newman and Feb. 15 at Dallas Baptist.
OC’s final two regular-season home games will be Feb. 19 against Arkansas-Fort Smith and Feb. 21 against Rogers State. The Eagles will close the regular season visiting St. Edward’s on Feb. 26 and Texas-Permian Basin on Feb. 28.
The site for this season’s NCCAA Central Region tournament has not yet been set, but the event likely will be March 12-14. The NCCAA Championship in Winona Lake, Ind., is set for March 18-21.
Starting times for all games, as well as more information on OC’s squad, can be found on the men’s basketball team page at www.oceagles.com.