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The Cult of Tulsa v #10 Creighton - Game Guide

With all this ice and snow it’ll be high time for the reserves to get hot

NCAA Basketball: Longwood at Creighton Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

How to Watch, Stream, Listen, Follow

Game Time: 7:00pm CT

Location: CenturyLink Center, Omaha

TV: FS2 / FoxSportsGo

Radio: 1620AM the Zone / 101.9 the Keg in Omaha / 97.1FM in Tulsa

Other Blogs: White & Blue Review - Creighton / ORU Sports Forum - The Cult of Tulsa

Tweeters: Rob Anderson / Creighton MBB / Tom Nemitz / “Patrick Marshall” / Matt DeMarinis / Jon Nyatawa

Odds & Ends

Creighton opens as a 24 point favorite according to OddShark

Over/Under set at 160.

If you need help with your gambling problem, just remember that someday you could be jettisoned into the sun in the name of science. That’ll calm you down.

Series History

Creighton has matched up with the Cult from Tulsa 10 times in their illustrious history, with the Jays posting a 6-4 record. You’ll remember the Bracketbuster Era, especially an affair in 2008, where Booker Woodfox and his rag tag Bluejay squad traveled down to Tulsa in February for a matchup that was deemed ‘Jesuits vs Cultists.’ With the game on the line, the white-clad fans of the Cultists were experiencing an emotional high as their hoop squad led by two with under a minute left. Then, this happened:

(also note the top right corner score. Drake would go on to win 71-64 in their historic 29-5 season)

Though Oral Roberts claims that he was able to raise the dead, he also happened to build an “educational institution” whose basketball program has fallen on some hard times. I remember in the days of yore when the Cult of Tulsa-Creighton was a bit of a marquee mid-major matchup.

Now this is going to be a shellacking of monumental proportions and will allow the Jays to pull away from the COT in their all-time series.

Verba de Ludis

The Cult of Tulsa comes into this affair at 2-9, with their two wins over non-division one opponents. Their fanbase has been on hard times all year, with even the most optimistic fans eventually turning sour and beginning to realize the reality of their situation. It’s tough to look at, but here’s an example.

It gets a lot worse. Clearly this is a fanbase that has been inundated with the idea that, maybe, someday, their team will reach their pinnacle and take them to the holy land where they’ll meet the hand of Mark Emmert.

Until then, however, this is a really bad team. When one of their fans says this:

When you’re wishing for a home and home with Longwood you know you’re getting close to rock bottom. It’d be like asking God for a savior of mankind and you end up with Oral Roberts instead.

Creighton had an opportunity to play this hapless team in the Paradise Jam but lost that opportunity when the Cult of Tulsa dropped their opening game against Ole Miss and then proceeded to get swept out of the tournament.

The Golden Eagles have a <50% chance at winning all of their remaining games except for a home game against South Dakota (52% shot), which could very well mean oruvoice was being hopelessly optimistic about the rest of the season. The Cult of Tulsa also happens to rank in the bottom 200 of offensive and defensive efficiency, which is a lot like where Longwood was last week.

Perhaps Longwood and the Cult of Tulsa should set up a home and home?

There’s one player on this team that’s worth a gosh darn and that’s Kris Martin, a 6’6 185lb sophomore guard that leads the team in 3FG and 3FGA. He managed to score 35 points in a loss against Missouri State, so expect the Golden Eagles to give him the ball and let him run out there and score. Size wise he’ll likely be matched up with Khyri Thomas because Khyri Thomas will defend against anyone who offers a scoring threat.

Beyond that, there isn’t much of a threat. Albert Owens (6’9, 262lbs), Jalen Bradley (6’1 180lbs from Norfolk, Nebraska), and Emmanuel Nzekwesi (6’8, 230lbs) all average double digit points, but will likely defer to Kris Martin to do all the work for them.

Jalen Bradley was once previously enrolled at UNO before splitting to Northeast Community College and landing at the Cult of Tulsa. He led the state in scoring in his junior and senior years at Norfolk High and left the school with an all-time scoring record (1,638 points) and sits firmly at fifth all-time all-state in scoring as well. His return to Omaha, this time to play at the CenturyLink instead of the Baxter, will be met with ice and snow, a fitting homecoming.

There’s a lot of bizarre things about the Cult of Tulsa. Here are a few examples:

Oral Roberts asks for money and if doesn’t get it he’ll die

On Jan. 4, Mr. Roberts told viewers on his ''Expect a Miracle'' program that God told him last March he had to raise a total of $8 million for the project ''in one year or I will call you home.'' At that time, $3.5 million had already been contributed for the project.

The Honor Pledge really is a special, extremely outdated thing

5. I PLEDGE at all times to keep my total being under subjection from all immoral and illegal actions and communications, whether on or off campus. I will not take any illegal drugs or misuse any drugs. I will not engage in or attempt to engage in any illicit, unscriptural sexual acts, which include any homosexual activity and sexual intercourse with one who is not my spouse. I will not be united in marriage other than the marriage between one man and one woman. I will not drink alcoholic beverages of any kind; I will not use tobacco; I will not engage in other behavior that is contrary to the rules and regulations listed in the Student Handbook

When a lawsuit is filed against you, best to say God is telling you to deny allegations

Colleagues fear for the reputation of the university and the future of the Robertses’ ministry, which grew from Southern tent revivals to one of the most successful evangelical empires in the country, hauling in tens of millions of dollars in contributions a year. The university reported nearly $76 million in revenue in 2005, according to the IRS.

That time when a bunch of students went to a mosque during Ramadan and tried to convert the folks inside

The incident occurred on Feb. 5, when about a dozen members of the Islamic Society of Tulsa were observing the 28th night of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, at the Mosque, near the University of Tulsa, said Mujeeb Cheema, chairman of the Muslim organization. Some 20 Oral Roberts students put their hands on the exterior doors and walls of the mosque and prayed for the conversion of Muslims, he said.

An Independent blogger and former editor of the Oracle (school newspaper) outlines how the paper restricted free speech

Even so, there’s another issue here and one that is entirely administration’s making. Barely an hour after the paper had been released, university administration put a damper on publishing the article online at the Oracle‘s website to prevent people from having digital access to it. As well, by Monday, newspapers had disappeared from racks and distribution stands around campus. Real classy, ORU.

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