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Davonte Davis nailed a jumper with 3
1 seconds to give Arkansas the lead for good and carry it to victory
Arkansas will advance to play No
1 seed Baylor on
Oral Roberts reached the cusp of NCAA Tournament history on Saturday night before No.
3 seed Arkansas stole a 72-70 victory in the final seconds.
The Razorbacks stopped the Eagles from making history as they would have been the first No.
15 seed to ever reach the Elite Eight.
However Max Abmas’ last second 3-pointer hit the rim and bounced off, and the Razorbacks escaped.
Davonte Davis nailed a jumper with 3.1 seconds to give Arkansas the lead for good and carry it to victory.
Arkansas will advance to play No.
1 seed Baylor on Monday with a spot in the Final Four on the line.
ARKANSAS BY 2.
Jalen Tate led Arkansas with 22 points as the Razorbacks used a strong second half performance in a game that bore similarities to the first time Arkansas and Oral Roberts played this season.
The Eagles led 40-30 at halftime on Dec.
20 before the Razorbacks roared back for an 87-76 victory.
This time, ORU led 35-28 at the break, and the Eagles actually grew that lead to 46-34 early in the second half.
But the Razorbacks stormed back on Saturday, much like they did during the earlier meeting between the teams.
Abmas led Oral Roberts with 25 points.
The nation’s leading scorer got a great look in the final seconds.
But when it clanged off the iron, the Eagles’ Cinderella run came to an end.
ARKANSAS IS HEADED TO THE ELITE 8.
For an Arkansas team that had not been to a Sweet 16 since 1996, this marks a remarkable turnaround.
In just his second season as coach, Eric Musselman has entirely revamped the roster and programmed a group consisting primarily of transfers and freshmen into one of the best teams in the country.
Oral Roberts, meanwhile, will return home with a set of memories that should last a lifetime.
Here are some takeaways from the end of the Eagles’ run.
This one will sting for Oral Roberts, no doubt.
The program was so close to advancing to the Elite Eight that it came down to just inches on a last-second shot.
But when the dust settles, the Eagles’ two victories in the Big Dance will go down in history.
They joined the 2013 Florida Gulf Coast team as the only No.
15 seeds to ever reach the Sweet 16.
An overtime victory over No.
2 seed Ohio State was an all-time NCAA Tournament upset, and a dramatic victory over No.
7 seed Florida in the second round was also a game to remember and could be the building blocks to putting this program on the map.
As if majoring in biomedical chemistry is not stressful enough, try also leading the country in scoring at the same time.
That’s the life of Max Abmas, and he certainly does it well.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore was already well known in the Summit League.
Now he’s known throughout college basketball.
Abmas and fellow star Kevin Obanor etched their names in NCAA Tournament lore with heroic individual performances that propelled ORU’s run.
Obanor recorded three consecutive double-doubles while averaging 23.3 points in the NCAA Tournament.
Abmas averaged 26.7 points during the run.
Abmas and Obanor weren’t the only personalities at Oral Roberts to make a name for themselves.
Coach Paul Mills is now on the national radar as well.
He inherited an 8-win team after the 2016-17 season and took it to the Sweet 16 within four years.
Given that he spent 14 years on the Baylor staff as an assistant, Mills has the right combination of success on his resume now to warrant a look from a high-major job.
Or, if Abmas and Obanor plan to stick around, he could stay Oral Roberts and build it into a mid-major power.
Either way, this tournament did wonders for his career.
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As the third round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament begins Saturday March 27th, the Cinderella story belongs to Tulsa's Oral Roberts University
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With the third round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament set to begin Saturday March 27th, this year’s Cinderella story belongs to Oral Roberts University out of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Taking down multiple Goliaths on their journey, this year’s team feels like they are right where they are supposed to be.
After winning The Summit League, Oral Roberts received the #15 seed in the NCAA Tournament and had a first round matchup with #2 powerhouse Ohio State University.
Few expected #15 Oral Roberts to put up a contest.
In fact, over 95% of ESPN’s Men’s Tournament Challenge brackets (almost 14 million) had picked Ohio State to win the game.
“We put our shoes on just as the other team puts their shoes on.
We just had the mindset of ‘show us that you deserve to be #2’, and we came out with a lot of confidence,” said Junior Forward Kevin Obanor who had 30 points and 11 rebounds in the overtime win.
This is the mindset that the Golden Eagles have had since the beginning of the season; Believing that they belong with the best of them, and doing everything with excellence.
It led the team to it’s first Summit League Championship since the 2007-2008 season and the team’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 1974.
“Coach Mills has preached to us since the beginning of the year that we can win multiple games in the NCAA Tournament.
However, there’s a level of expectation that comes with that in doing everything with excellence,” Senior Guard Justin Lovvorn told The Black Wall Street Times.
“Winning teams in March don’t cut corners.
They buy into the team, the game plan, and the belief that they belong.”
With Oral Roberts being a mid-major team, they typically don’t get the same interest from high-level recruits that schools like Ohio State and Florida do.
Yet, those two teams lost to Oral Roberts in the tournament so far.
This year’s run is sure to benefit the school with recruiting in the future.
“I think the most beautiful thing about this historic run is the impact it’s having on the school as a whole,” said men’s basketball alum Parrish Purnell Jr.
“Our social media accounts have become officially verified and with that comes more exposure.
Prior to this year nobody really knew who Oral Roberts University was.
Tournament appearances automatically put more eyes on you, but I think Oral Roberts will be a contender for years to come.”
The next test comes in a rematch with #3 Arkansas whom Oral Roberts lost to earlier in the year 87-76.
It has the potential to be another major upset, but to the Oral Roberts players and staff it’s another opportunity to showcase their God-given skill and break labels.
“As I told the guys, we’re not going to let somebody put a number in front of our name and tell us that that’s our worth, or that’s our value,” coach Paul Mills said.
“We’re not capitulating to anybody here.”
Catch Saturday’s game at 6:25pm CT on TBS.
Mike Creef is a fighter for equality and justice for all.
Growing up bi-racial (Jamaican-American) on the east coast allowed him to experience many different cultures and beliefs that helped give him a well-rounded worldview.
After playing a year of college basketball, he moved to Tulsa, OK in 2008 to pursue training at bible college.
He quickly fell in love with serving the people of the city as well as city engagement.
He has worked and volunteered in both the public and private sectors and currently enjoys writing to inspire and challenge people to see that there is more that unites us than divides us.
– March 28, 2021
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