Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma is managing to steal everyone’s heart this March Madness season. A University that glorifies God is stoked to be stealing the show. Oral Roberts is a university many have not heard of, but one that is sticking out in many hearts recently with their showing in March Madness.
Coming into March Madness, Oral Roberts was the 15- seed. Their first matchup would entail the ever-dangerous Ohio State Buckeyes who were the 2 -seed. The Golden Eagles were able to overlook these standings and put the pedal to the medal. Kevin Obanor led the way with 30 points and was followed by the nation’s leading scorer Max Abmas who had 29.
“A big key to this game for Oral Roberts was not going to their bench. A lot of teams will go to their bench early into games, but Oral Roberts only had 2 guys come off the bench which is huge.”
Stated Sharon Brown when asked about her thoughts on the game.
Overcoming Ohio State meant that the Golden Eagles would have to face the 7-seed Florida Gators. Florida was just coming off a testy match against Virginia Tech where they only won by 5. Florida had no idea what they would be getting themselves into when they went up against Oral Roberts.
Oral Roberts was able to overcome multiple double-digit deficits with an aggressive last five minutes. They were able to claw their way back into the game and stun the Gators. This was a different brand of basketball as well for the Golden Eagles as the Gators hail from the SEC. The SEC is known for its gritty and well-rounded basketball teams. The biggest weapons for Oral Roberts were, once again, Kevin Obanor and Max Abmas. They combined for 54 points and 13 rebounds.
Managing to score 14 of the last 20 points of the game, the Golden Eagles were able to punch their ticket into the Sweet 16. This is a massive accomplishment for the school as they don’t see that kind of stage often. The stage is set and we now all wait to see what Oral Roberts does next.
“How do you not cheer for Oral Roberts? This is a Cinderella story in its purest form. A small school from Oklahoma is dethroning the schools that have reigned forever. I think everyone at home and out there is rooting for the Golden Eagles.”
Exclaimed Tara Nish.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will face the Arkansas Razorbacks next. They will look to continue their phenomenal run and triumph over the Razorbacks.
Oral Roberts is stealing the hearts of many and will forever stick in our hearts. May we never forget the school that shocked the NCAA world this March.