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Thursday, October 24, 2013

CHICKASHA – A myriad of thoughts and emotions are running through the head of first-year USAO head men’s basketball coach Vinson Metcalf as the season nears.

“I’m just trying to be able to keep things going,” he said. “I’m going to put my own stamp on the program and try to continue the winning tradition, as I’ve said all along.”

With some key newcomers and a few returners to serve as the glue, Metcalf believes he and assistant coach Chris Francis have put together a quality team to move the program forward.

“I think we are going to try to continue the tradition we have started,” he said. “We are going to try to put a product on the floor that the community of Chickasha and the community of USAO will be quite pleased to come and watch and see us perform.”

The Drovers were picked to finish eighth in the Sooner Athletic Conference, despite seeing an appearance in the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship tournament in March. While he uses USAO’s rankings to motivate his players, Metcalf said is never too concerned with preseason standings.

“I’m not really concerned about preseason predictions,” he said. “You kind of leave it up to the team, up to the players … you have to go play the game. Those are just predictions.”

USAO invites all fans to attend Drover Madness, the school’s annual basketball pep rally that serves as a season kick off. Madness is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the USAO Fieldhouse.

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