The game will not be televised by the ESPN family of networks.
This will be the fourth meeting between the two schools, with APSU holding a 2-1 advantage. Oral Roberts and Austin Peay, however, have not met since the 1977-78 season. This will be the Golden Eagles first trip to Clarksville.
It's also a homecoming of sorts for ORU assistant coach Chris Crutchfield, who was a member of Hopkinsville's 1985 state championship basketball team. Crutchfield is in his third season as an assistant at Oral Roberts after previous serving on the staff at Texas Christian and New Mexico State.
This is Austin Peay’s seventh appearance in the BracketBuster-related event—more than any other OVC school. It is APSU’s third home game in the series. For a fourth straight season all OVC schools are participating in BracketBuster. The Govs are 2-4 in BracketBuster contests.
Oral Roberts, like the Govs, owns an overall 13-10 record. It sits in third place in the Summit League with an 8-3 record. The two teams have one common opponent—the Golden Eagles defeated Missouri, 60-59, in Tulsa, Dec. 9, while the Govs lost 94-79 to Missouri in Columbia, Mo., Dec. 27.
Scott Sutton, son of legendary coach Eddie Sutton, is in his 11th season as Golden Eagles head coach and owns a 197-136 record, having led Oral Roberts to three NCAA tournament appearances along the way.
Four Golden Eagles average in double figures, led by 6-6 forward Dominique Morrison (15.3 ppg) and 6-5 forward Michael Craion (13.1 ppg).
This is ORU’s fifth BracketBuster game but first since a 65-64 home loss to Creighton in 2008. The Golden Eagles are 1-3 all-time in the BracketBuster series.
ORU and Austin Peay are forever linked. Lake Kelley, the late former Austin Peay basketball coach who served two APSU tenures, left Austin Peay the first time after the 1978-79 season to become head coach at ORU (1977-79). Former APSU player Calvin Garrett, a first-team All-OVC selection while at APSU, joined Kelly in Tulsa and earned All-America honors at ORU.
Former Austin Peay athletics director Bob Brooks sandwiched two tenures as Oral Roberts athletics director around his time at APSU (1984-88).
As part of BracketBuster contractual obligations, Austin Peay will visit Tulsa during either November or December of 2010 or 2011.
Austin Peay, 7-4 in the OVC, will put a three-game winning streak on the line 7:30 p.m., Thursday when it travels to UT Martin.