Sutton brothers to coach vs. each other in December
TULSA, Okla. -- Oral Roberts confirmed Wednesday that it will play Oklahoma State in the All-College Classic this December, pitting two of Eddie Sutton's sons against each other.
The Dec. 20 game on a neutral court in Oklahoma City will be the first time Scott Sutton of Oral Roberts and Sean Sutton of Oklahoma State will coach against one another.
"Personally, I don't like playing this game," Scott Sutton said. "I never like playing close friends or relatives. But this is a great opportunity for our program and our school to once again be featured on national television against a quality opponent. I owe it to the team and the program to play a game like this."
Scott Sutton is the youngest son of Eddie Sutton, who won 798 games during his 36-year career at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. His older brother, Sean, took over as Oklahoma State's head coach after their father retired in May 2006.
The Golden Eagles pulled off one of college basketball's biggest upsets last season by beating third-ranked Kansas on its home court. In other featured games on Oral Roberts' schedule this season, the Golden Eagles will play at Arkansas on Dec. 1, at Texas on Dec. 18 and host crosstown rival Tulsa on Nov. 27.
The defending Mid-Continent Conference champions will also play in the NIT Season Tip-Off in November.
"This is the most challenging schedule we've faced in my 13 years associated with the program," Scott Sutton said. "I think I say something like that every year, but it's been true every year, too. And this year it's a really tough schedule."
The Golden Eagles' other nonconference opponents include Louisiana-Lafayette, which will come to Tulsa on Nov. 20, and Utah State, which will host Oral Roberts on Dec. 29. Opponents for the NIT tournament haven't been announced yet.
Oral Roberts will open conference play in the newly renamed Summit League against the league's two newcomers, facing North Dakota State on Dec. 6 and South Dakota State on Dec. 8.
The team's season opener is Nov. 9 against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Exhibition games against Rogers State and Upper Iowa are also on the schedule.
Oral Roberts went 23-11 last season and made its second trip to the NCAA tournament in the past three years. The team loses top scorers Caleb Green and Ken Tutt.
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