ASHLAND, Ore. — "You never know, it's really unpredictable. These rivalry games are really fun."
That's how OIT women's basketball head coach Scott Meredith describes the Southern Oregon-Oregon Tech basketball rivalry. A famous movie character's mother might liken it to a box of chocolates because you never know what you're going to get.
The one thing you can count on is fierce competition and an electric atmosphere. Supporters of both colleges will fill the stands at Lithia Motors Pavilion Tuesday night.
The men's showdown features two ranked teams. Oregon Tech comes into the contest ranked second in the NAIA Division II while the SOU Raiders sit at 18th in the coaches poll. The game between the two teams should be a good one.
"I can't imagine it being anything other than a back and forth game that'll probably go down to the last couple of possessions," Raiders men's head coach Brian McDermott said.
"Seems like every time we play [Southern Oregon] the stakes get higher," Oregon Tech guard Seth Erickson said. "We're both ranked right now so it should be a good game tomorrow."
And the women's game will also be a competitive game. Southern Oregon is riding a five-game win streak and Oregon Tech has won ten of their last eleven games.
"The big thing I always take from it from a coaching standpoint is these are the games where you don't have to think of some big motivational speech before the game or this or that to get your team fired up," Alex Carlson, head coach for SOU's women's team, said on Monday.
The women's game starts at 5:30 pm and the men's game will tip-off right after at 7:30 pm. Both games to be played at Lithia Motors Pavilion in Ashland.