The Oakland City Mighty Oaks and Appalachian State Mountaineers will meet for the first time on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 6:30pm ET at Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, North Carolina. The game will be televised on ESPN+.
Matchup: Oakland City vs App State
Time: Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6:30pm ET (Local time)
Locations: Holmes Convocation Center, Boone, NC
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The Mighty Oaks are coming off a 17-11 season in 2022-23, while the Mountaineers finished with a record of 16-15. Both teams are expected to be competitive again this season, and their meeting on November 7th should be a close and exciting one.
The Mighty Oaks are led by sixth-year head coach Greg Woodard. Woodard has led Oakland City to two NAIA Tournament appearances in his five seasons at the helm, and he is hoping to lead the Mighty Oaks to their first NAIA national championship since 1967.
Oakland City returns several key players from last season’s team, including senior guard Kyle Mangas and senior forward Kyle Teichman. Mangas is Oakland City’s leading scorer and rebounder, while Teichman is a versatile forward who can score and defend.
The Mighty Oaks also have a number of talented newcomers, including freshman guard Trey Green and freshman forward Isaiah Bajema. Green is a highly-touted recruit who is expected to make an immediate impact for Oakland City.
The Mountaineers are led by third-year head coach Dustin Kerns. Kerns has led Appalachian State to one Sun Belt Tournament appearance in his two seasons at the helm, and he is hoping to lead the Mountaineers to their first Sun Belt Tournament championship since 2022.
Appalachian State returns several key players from last season’s team, including senior guard Adrian Delph and senior forward Tyrese Martin. Delph is Appalachian State’s leading scorer and playmaker, while Martin is a double-double threat.
The Mountaineers also have a number of talented newcomers, including freshman guard Donovan Gregory and freshman forward Justin Bean. Gregory is a highly-touted recruit who is expected to make an immediate impact for Appalachian State.
The Oakland City-Appalachian State matchup is a clash of two different styles of play. The Mighty Oaks are a slow-paced team that relies on their defense and rebounding. The Mountaineers are a fast-paced team that relies on their athleticism and three-point shooting.
The Mighty Oaks will be looking to slow down Appalachian State’s high-powered offense. The Mountaineers averaged 78.5 points per game last season, which was the second-most in the Sun Belt.
Appalachian State will be looking to defend Oakland City’s perimeter shooters. The Mighty Oaks shot 39.5% from behind the three-point line last season, which was the third-best mark in the NAIA.
The Oakland City-Appalachian State game is too close to call. Both teams are evenly matched, and they have a lot of respect for each other.
I am predicting a close game that comes down to the wire. The team that makes the most plays down the stretch will win.
The Oakland City-Appalachian State game will be televised on ESPN+ on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 6:30pm ET. You can also stream the game on the ESPN+ app.