OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University's clash with Texas Wesleyan will be featured as the NAIA Network men's basketball game of the week 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Abe Lemons Arena.
Texas Wesleyan, ranked ninth in NAIA Division I, sits in first place in the Sooner Athletic Conference at 18-4, 8-3 in league play. Oklahoma City, ranked 18th in NAIA Division I, stands tied for second place in the conference at 16-5, 7-4 in the SAC.
For Texas Wesleyan, 6-foot senior Dion Rogers averages 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.33 steals per game. Ryan Harris, a 6-foot junior, has come off the bench every game for the Rams, but is second on the team in scoring with 15.2 points per game. He also provides 3.6 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.76 steals for Texas Wesleyan.
Reigning NAIA player of the week Lou Dunbar leads OCU with 16.7 points to go along with 3.0 rebounds and 1.14 steals per game. Dunbar, a 6-foot-3 junior from Seabrook, Texas, also ranks sixth in the NAIA with 3.24 made 3-pointers per game. Xavier Smith, a 6-9 senior from Richardson, Texas, provides 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and a conference-leading 2.48 blocks per contest.
The last time these two schools played, Texas Wesleyan took home a 98-76 win over OCU. The Rams were led by Rogers, who poured in 33 points. Dunbar accounted for 22 points, four rebounds and three assists for Oklahoma City.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, while OCU students, faculty and staff are allowed into all regular-season OCU athletics events for free with their ID. If the Stars score 70 points, fans will get a prize from Raising Cane's. Fans can watch the game live here.
Other tidbits on the game:
• Texas Wesleyan owns wins over then-No. 8 Oklahoma City and then-No. 20 Southwestern Assemblies of God this season.
• The Stars lead the all-time series against the Rams 12-11.
• Texas Wesleyan leads the NAIA in assists per game and is ranked No. 5 in total rebounds per game.
• The Rams' Naiel Smith tops the NAIA in total assists (178) and steals per game (2.67).
• Dunbar posted a 50-point game against Science & Arts on Jan. 26.
• The 2016-17 season marks the second year for the NAIA Network Division I Men's Basketball Game of the Week, presented by Stretch Internet. These contests highlight member schools that utilize Stretch Internet – the NAIA's official video partner for 22-of-23 national championships – as their online video partner. At least one of the two schools in the Game of the Week is a Stretch Internet client.
• The NAIA Network (www.NAIANetwork.com) is the official video-streaming portal of the NAIA.