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No. 15 Oral Roberts stuns No. 2 Ohio State in NCAA Tournament first round shocker

The Buckeyes couldn’t finish the job, and head home from Indiana stunned by the Summit League champions.

Why Oral Roberts could upset Ohio State

The No. 15 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, champions of the Summit League, pulled the biggest upset in years in the NCAA Tournament with a 75-72 win over the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Max Abmas shined for ORU, scoring 29 points on 10-24 shooting, including 5-10 from three point range. Ohio State was just 5-23 from three-point range on the day, while Oral Roberts was 11-34 from downtown, and led most of the entire second half after holding a 36-33 lead at halftime.

OSU was 9-18 from the free throw line, missing their last three including the front end of a one-and-one to close regulation. The Eagles finished 14-18 from the charity stripe, which turned out to be the difference in one of the bigger upsets in the history of the first round.

The 15.5 point underdogs are first No. 15 seed to win a game in March Madness since Middle Tennessee defeated Michigan State 90-81 in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

No. 15 seeds are now 9-132 lifetime in the NCAA Tournament first round.