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8 Fun Facts about Ottawa University

Tonight, the Cats take on the Ottawa University Braves in their first exhibition game of the season. Before tonight’s 7 p.m. tip on SEC Network Plus (online only!), let’s learn a few things about these black and gold Braves from Ottawa.

This is the Ottawa in Kansas, not Canada

Common mistake. Ottawa University is in Ottawa, Kansas, a town along the Marais des Cygnes River with a population of 12,649. (Marais des Cynges means “Marsh of the Swans” in French.) Only 630 students attend Ottawa University, making it one of the smallest schools Kentucky has played, surely. The school was founded in 1865 as a Baptist missionary school to help children in the Ottawa Indian tribe. Eventually, it became a college.

Mitch Barnhart went there

…which is why we’re playing them tonight. Barnhart graduated from Ottawa in 1981, and is one of the most notable alumni, according to ye olde Wikipedia. Other notable alums:

  • Wayne Angell, former Federal Reserve governor, Kansas State Representative and Bear Stearns chief economist
  • Leonard Erickson, notable researcher of DNA repair
  • Howard K. Gloyd, herpetologist, credited with describing several new species of reptile
  • Robin Harris, comedian and creator of “Bébé’s Kids”
  • Merritt C. Mechem, territorial Supreme Court justice and one-term Republican governor of New Mexico
  • Derrick Ward, National Football League (note that Derrick Ward played football for Ottawa University for one semester only, and he did not graduate from the institution)

No offense to all of those people, but I can see why Barnhart is on the list.

They play in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

That’s in the NAIA. Other schools in the KCAC? Southwester, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Kansas Wesleyan, McPherson, Saint Mary, Sterling College, Tabor College, Bethel College, Bethany College, and the ever-so-pleasant Friends University. How do we get them on the schedule??

They’ve already lost a game

The Braves lost to Baker University 82-74 on Saturday in front of a crowd of 220. They shot 33.3% from the floor, 15% from behind the arc, and 79% from the free throw line. Those first two stats don’t scare me, but given Kentucky’s pathetic 13-30 free throw performance in the Blue/White game, let’s try not to send them to the line too often, okay guys?

Marcus Lee actually had a friend who went there

“I actually had a friend who went to Ottawa,” Lee told reporters on Friday. “She played for the volleyball team and then transferred somewhere else. I actually knew of the school before playing them.”

That Marcus Lee, always one step ahead of the rest of us.

The last time they defeated an NCAA Division I team?

1916-1917, when they beat Wichita State…twice! Take that, Shockers!

Whoever writes their game notes quoted Jerry Tipton

From Ottawa’s game notes:

“The revolving door that is Kentucky basketball nearly spun off its axis three years ago. The top six scorers from the 2012 national championship team departed for the NBA. UK forged ahead erratically with another class of heralded freshmen, a holdover point guard with one season of college experience, a transfer with the reputation as a shooter and a forward who personified untapped potential.

Kentucky finds itself in a position similar to where it was entering the 2012-13 season: a mostly new cast of characters saddled with a tough act to follow.

The names have changed: Tyler Ulis the point guard rather than Ryan Harrow; Mychal Mulder the transfer rather than Julius Mays; Alex Poythress the would-be star forward rather than Kyle Wiltjer. (kentuckysports.com – Jerry Tipton).”

Can someone bop Jerry on the head for me for comparing Tyler Ulis to Ryan Harrow? Thanks.

They’re going to lose tonight

But it’s okay. The memories of playing in front of 24,000 fans at Rupp will last a lifetime.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

16 Comments for 8 Fun Facts about Ottawa University



  1. Rajonrondo9
    3:05 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Finally some basketball news! This football season past few weeks, is making me want to slip into a coma. Hope they get their shit together. Glad basketball is here!



  2. kentuckyrld
    3:08 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Let us not forget that tipton is the reason many people do not purchase that newspaper or ever visit its website.



    • asdf
      3:36 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Yes. Jerry may be single-handedly responsible for the decline of print media in Kentucky.



  3. Don Sylvester Shnitz
    3:27 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Three goggle



  4. theWilkman
    3:41 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Comparing Ryan Harrow to Tyler Ulis should result in an automatic revoking of media credentials.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:48 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Being a douchebag named Jerry Tipton is reason enough for revocation of media credentials.



  5. Roughrider
    3:53 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Fact # 9
    Yet another ripoff off of season ticketholders. Murderer’s row of Ottawa, Ky. State, Albany, NJIT, Boston U, Illinois St, EKU. Thank God UK benefits from the multi billion $$ SEC Media package so they could hold ticket prices to a reasonable level at least for the crappy non-conferenece home schedule. Only they didn’t. These bum game are overpriced ridiculously. Mitch has to pay for that dog of a football program and the needless, do no good overbuilt football stadium I guess.



    • Good Points!
      3:59 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

      I think you hit the nail on the head with your post.



    • Booby Petrino
      4:06 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

      here’s a thought: Don’t buy them if you don’t like the schedule. I’m pretty sure someone else will be right there behind you to purchase them.



    • Relax Francis
      4:17 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Its an exhibition game chill out. As Booby pointed out, dont buy the tickets until youre satisfied with the product you receive in return.



    • theWilkman
      4:24 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Boohoo. Let someone else go if you don’t want to pay. It looks better on TV anyway



    • Roughrider
      4:38 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Booby, no, not really. I have listed all these suck OOC games on Stubhub for nearly face value, and also on Craigslist. They are upper arena, but mid court and not too high up. NOBODY is interested. So my reward for contributing to the K fund and buying tix for many years is having jacked up prices for games like Albany, NJIT that no one wants. The games I REALLY want to see…like UofL, Arizona St., LSU are $90 per ticket. So this variable pricing has screwed the season ticketholder….can’t dump the crap games anymore because they are overpriced and can’t afford not to sell the good games to recoup some of the cost.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:56 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Roughrider – as someone already pointed out, nobody forced you to buy the tickets. Season tickets for basketball haven’t been a good deal for many years now since the marquee games are played on a neutral court, so nothing new to see here. And basketball does not pay for football at UK or pretty much any other school.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:57 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

      As someone already pointed out, nobody forced you to buy the tickets. Season tickets for basketball haven’t been a good deal for many years now since the marquee games are played on a neutral court, so nothing new to see here. And basketball does not pay for football at UK or pretty much any other school.



  6. Walter White
    4:00 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Herpetologist was also my nickname in college… For different reasons



  7. That Dude
    4:12 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

    “They shot 33.3% from the floor, 15% from behind the arc, and 79% from the free throw line. Those first two stats don’t scare me, but given Kentucky’s pathetic 13-30 free throw performance in the Blue/White game, let’s try not to send them to the line too often, okay guys?”

    That doesn’t make much sense. What does UK’s poor shooting at the foul line in the Blue/White game have to do with putting the other team on the line?