#23 Oilers Open Season in Missouri

#23 Oilers Open Season in Missouri

The No. 23 Oilers will open their season in Kirksville, Mo. on Nov. 9-10. They will play Truman State at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 before facing Quincy on Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m.

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Series Information

The Oilers hold a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series against Truman State dating back to the 2003-04 season when Findlay came away with a 71-52 win.

Dustin Pfeifer led the team with 15 points while Matt Metzger recorded ten rebounds.

Findlay trails 2-1 in the all-time series against Quincy dating back to the 2003-04 campaign when the Hawks came away with a 63-57 victory.

Findlay's lone win over Quincy came in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Division II Tournament. The Oilers came away with an 83-73 victory in Croy Gymnasium. Marwan Gaines led the way with 16 points and ten rebounds in the game.

The two programs last met in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Division II Tournament. Quincy won that contest by a score of 74-67. Pfeifer paced the Oilers with 22 points in the loss.

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The Oilers are coming off back-to-back appearances in the Sweet 16 and finished last season with a 28-5 record.

Senior Alex White is back to lead the team after averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Junior Aaron Overhiser and senior Trey Smith are also back after posting averages of 6.8 and 5.4 points per game, respectively.

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Truman State

The Bulldogs went 20-11 last year and will be led by Brodric Thomas who returns after posting averages of 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Thomas also shot 47.5 percent from the field and connected on 46 three pointers.

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Quincy

The Bulldogs went 20-11 last year and will be led by Brodric Thomas who returns after posting averages of 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Thomas also shot 47.5 percent from the field and connected on 46 three pointers.

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An Elite Program

The Oilers have one of the best winning percentages in NCAA Division II competition since the year 2000, having won 443 games and lost only 110 for an overall winning percentage of .801.  During that timeframe, the Oilers reached the Elite 8 in 2005, appeared in the Sweet 16 in 2008, 2017 and again in 2018, and won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2009 with a perfect 36-0 record.

The Oilers have also appeared in the national tournament 14 times since becoming eligible during the 2000-01 campaign.

Top Spot

The Oilers were picked to finish first in the annual G-MAC Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released on Oct. 22.

The Oilers received 136 points in the poll and a league-high seven first place votes. Hillsdale College finished right behind the Oilers with 125 points and three first place votes.

Findlay finished last season with a 28-5 record, which included a 19-1 record in league play. They won the regular season conference title, but fell in the G-MAC Championship. The Oilers then made a run in the NCAA Division II National Tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season before being eliminated by eventual national champion, Ferris State University.

All-Americans

The Oilers have had eight NCAA Division II All-Americans in the past 13 years. Dustin Pfeifer was the Oilers first player to earn All-American honors for his performance during the 2005-06 campaign. Additionally, Frank Phillips (2006-07), Josh Bostic (2007-08 and 2008-09), Nathan Hyde (2010-11), Greg Kahlig (2013-14), Martyce Kimbrough (2016-17) and Taren Sullivan (2017-18) have earned All-American honors for Findlay during their time with the Oilers.

Bostic, the Oilers only two-time NCAA Division II All-American, was also named the 2009 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year. He led the Oilers to a 36-0 record and a national championship during his final season with the team.

History in the Polls

The Oilers have long been a team that frequently shows up in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NCAA Division II top-25 poll. The Oilers have appeared in the top-25 at least once in 18 out of the past 19 seasons. 

The Oilers first appeared in the poll on Jan. 8, 2001 during their first season of full competition at the NCAA Division II level. They were ranked 25th in the poll. Findlay got as high as 17th in the nation that season before ending the year unranked.

Findlay earned their first No. 1 ranking on March 8, 2005. They ended the year as the top-ranked team in all of NCAA Division II. They also spent the whole season as the top-ranked team in the nation during their national championship run during the 2008-09 campaign. Their 17 total weeks spent at the top of the NCAA Division II national poll ranks tenth all-time.

Overall, the Oilers have ended the year ranked in the top-10 on six different occasions. They were ranked No. 1 in 2004-05, No. 8 in 2005-06, No. 3 in 2006-07, No. 7 in 2007-08, No. 1 in 2008-09 and No. 9 in 2010-11.