Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Oral Roberts University will forfeit two
upcoming Southland Conference men's basketball games in order to remain in
compliance with NCAA rules related to not playing more than four non-Division
I opponents in a season.
The Southland's Executive Committee has reviewed the issue, and agrees with
ORU's decision to forfeit the pair of upcoming league games, Jan. 16 at
Abilene Christian and Jan. 18 at Incarnate Word.
ORU has played four non-Division I teams this season, exhibition games against
Northwood (Texas) and Rogers State (Okla.), and then regular season games
against Cameron (Okla.) and Dallas Baptist.
During the 2013-14 academic year, Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word are not
considered Division I schedule-counters as the new Southland programs
transition from Division II. Therefore, ORU is playing six non-Division I
All Southland teams have single games against ACU and UIW in 2013-14, and have
had to adjust to the non-countable scheduling aspect of playing these teams.
In 2014-15, ACU and UIW will be Division I schedule counters.
The forfeits will be recorded in the Southland standings, be utilized in the
seeding process for the 2014 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament,
and will be documented in the conference historical records. The NCAA will not
recognize the forfeits, but will instead view the cancelled games as no
contests, thus preventing any violation.
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