My business editor at the ABJ used to tell me people love reading lists.
Here are the top-10 things you need to know about Oral Roberts...
- The Golden Eagles knocked off No. 3 Kansas on Nov. 15. The Jayhawks missed 10 free throws and allowed Oral Roberts' Marchello Vealy to hit seven of eight 3-pointers.
- That said, the Golden Eagles (3-2) are far from indestructible. Tulsa blew them out 75-57 on Tuesday. The other loss came at Loyola-Marymount, a future Zips opponent.
- Those other games were at home: a blowout win over Panhandle State and close victory over Louisiana Lafayette.
- Oral Roberts opened the season at No. 14 in the Mid-Major Top 25. Akron is No. 8. This week, the Golden Eagles received four votes in the USA Today Top-25 Poll.
- The Golden Eagles (21-12) were a 16 seed in last year's NCAA Tournament after winning the Mid-Con Conference. Memphis dispatched ORU 94-78 in the first round. It was the program's first dancing lesson since 1984.
- The year before, the Golden Eagles (25-8) lost the Mid-Con Championship to 12-18 Oakland, but landed a berth in the NIT against Maryland, who knocked them out. In short, this program has some tradition.
- ORU coach Scott Sutton claims he has the nation's most underrated player in 6-foot-8 senior forward Caleb Green. The two-time Mid-Con Player of the Year is averaging 17.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He is an amazing post player who got to the free-throw line more than anyone in the country except Adam Morrison last season.
- Akron also will deal with 6-10 Shawn King, who many considered the nation's best juco center last season. He averaged 20.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 7.1 blocks at Carl Albert State last season. Take another second to look at that stat line. As Sutton says, he can really be a defensive force this season.
- Ken Tutt, a senior guard, is another scoring option. He has tallied 15.6 points per game this season.
- I spoke with coach Keith Dambrot about what he can do against Oral Roberts' "unbelievable size," as he calls it. The Zips will try to pound the ball inside against the Golden Eagles to get them in foul trouble and exploit opportunities on the break.
To quench your basketball appetite sooner, watch the Zips play Pittsburgh tonight.
The Panthers are 6-0, but the Zips have shown improvement each game this year. Game time is 7 p.m. at Rhodes Arena.
Swimming and diving
Coach Nittaya Klim announced four Akron-area athletes signed letters of intent to join the team next season.
The team will return from a three-week break to host the SummaCare Invitational this weekend.
Mike Sweitzer also pulled in a recruit.
Jess Antosz is an athletic middle hitter from Pennsylvania. With Kim Horn being the only senior, Akron needed a small freshman class.
As you may have read on ZipsNation.org, wide receiver Vincent Hill is reconsidering the verbal commitment he made to Akron.
At this point, he is the Zips' only three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com.
"I still my consider myself a commitment to Akron but I have been open with them that I am looking at all of my options," Hill told the site.
Hill plans to visit Virginia soon.
Some of you might see this as a bad season scaring away recruits. I see this more of Hill knowing there is plenty of young talent at his position in front of him.