#15-ranked Oral Roberts took the spotlight with their stunning 81-78 upset victory over the University of Florida in the Round of 32 on Sunday night.
In the game, Florida outrebounded (37-24) and had a better field goal percentage (55.2%-42.6%) than their opponent, but also had almost double the turnovers (20-12). The Gators found themselves on top 42-37 at halftime, and kept their lead for almost 17 minutes of the second half — until Kevin Obanor sunk a jumper and put the Eagles up 77-76. Obanor was the leading scorer of the game, dropping 28 points on just over a 56% field goal percentage and 66.7% from the free throw line. Florida’s leading scorer, Tre Mann, put up 19 points on 50% shooting but was never sent to the free throw line.
Despite the tight scores, Oral Roberts outscored Florida 44-36 in the second half, which was just enough to put them over the hill of failure and onto the path of victory.
With this win, Oral Roberts became just the second #15-seed in NCAA history to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. The Eagles will play the #3-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on March 27th at 5:25pm MT, but are coming in as strong underdogs. Will they have what it takes to beat their South Region opponent?
That, we will have to wait and see.