Everywhere Roberts has joined an elite club.
Behind a combined 59 points from Max Abmas and Kevin Obanor, the Golden Eagles selected just the ninth No. 15 that ever dropped a 2 when they stunned Ohio State, 75-72, in the first round overtime. It was the program’s first NCAA tournament since 1974.
Some have linked Ohio State as a potential Final Four team, but they are out and Oral Roberts will play for No. 7 in Florida on Sunday.
Everywhere Roberts became the first No. 15 seed to upset a No. 2 since the state of Tennessee defeated the state of Michigan in 2016.
Other famous 15/2 upsets featured the Gulf Coast of Florida over Georgetown in 2013, Lehigh over Duke in 2012 and Richmond over Syracuse in 1991.
Everywhere Roberts outscored Ohio State 11-8 in the overtime.
With the state of Ohio trailing by 73-69, EJ Liddell took away a 3-point lead to reduce the lead to 73-72.
Obanor then made two free throws to push the lead to 75-72 with 13 seconds left. He finishes with 30 points and 11 rebounds.
The state of Ohio missed two three-point attempts in the final seconds.
“I did not know if it was going in or not. I knew the guys were not stopping playing, and that’s an excellent basketball team we just beat. At the end of the day, we knew they would not stop, and we could come away with a victory, ‘said Abmas, the leading scorer in Division I. Oral Roberts, and had the half 18 when Oral Roberts was 36-33 ahead.
About 24 hours into the tournament, two Big Ten forces are out: Ohio State and Michigan State, who lost in a First Four game to UCLA on Thursday night