TULSA — In its first year of competition in the Southland Conference, the ORU men's basketball team has been picked as the favorite to win the League by both the coaches and sports information directors, it was announced by the conference Thursday.
The Golden Eagles picked up seven of 10 first place votes in the coaches' poll, earning 77 points to edge out Stephen F. Austin, who earned the remaining three first place votes and 72 points. The final point totals were the same in the SID poll, despite ORU earning six of the 10 first place votes.
Additionally, senior guard Warren Niles and junior forward Steven Roundtree were named to the preseason All-Southland second team.
Niles was second on the team in scoring last season at 12.1 points per game and has started 58 consecutive games for the Golden Eagles going into his senior season. He was a Summit League honorable mention in each of the last two years.
Roundtree was the 2012 Summit League Sixth Man of the Year, and has been picked as the Southland Player of the Year by Yahoo! Sports and Lindy's preseason publications. Lindy's also named Roundtree the Southland's best rebounder and best NBA prospect.
ORU is coming off a 27-7 season that included a regular season Summit League Championship and a postseason trip to the NIT.