The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles made March Madness story with their three-point upset over the Florida Gators last weekend. They became the first 15 seeds to reach the Sweet Sixteen, making just their second appearance in school history. Golden Eagles face 3rd seed Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday, but should be confident after defeating Ohio State.
Fixation: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs Arkansas Razorbacks – March Madness 2021: Round of 16
Date and hour: Saturday, March 27, 2021, 7:25 p.m. ET
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Preview of Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles have had a relatively average season, finishing fourth in the Conference at the top with an 18-10 overall record.
The Golden Eagles snuck into the tournament with a conference tournament title, but they were supposed to go “one and done” against the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, they beat the mighty Buckeyes and then the Florida Gators, each by a slim three-point margin.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will need their best basketball if they are to make three straight upsets because the Arkansas Razorbacks look very strong for two games.
Key player – Max Abmas
While the summit conference doesn’t hold the same level of competition as the Big Ten or the Big 12, the Golden Eagles Oral Roberts have a very talented pool of players.
Max Abmas was the key, however, averaging an incredible 24.5 points and 3.8 assists per game.
Abmas also didn’t slow down in March Madness, totaling 54 points and 10 assists in the Golden Eagles’ first two games.
Max Abmas will be tasked with the challenge of keeping Arkansas Razorbacks star Moses Moody, a clash that could potentially make a difference in the game.
Golden Eagles line-up predicted by Oral Roberts
F Francis Lacis, F Kevin Obanor, g Kareem Thompson, g Max Abmas, g Carlos jurgens
Arkansas Razorbacks preview
The Arkansas Razorbacks had a close battle with the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the final round, but were able to hold onto a two-point victory. The Razorbacks will be the big favorites in their game against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, holding a higher seed and a strong 24-6 overall record.
The Arkansas Razorbacks offense is very balanced, but guards Moses Moody and JD Notae are leading the way. With such a talented group, the Razorbacks are hoping to get out of the gate and quell the momentum of the Golden Eagles.
Key player – Moses Moody
Arkansas Razorbacks first-year goaltender Moses Moody continued his dominance in March Madness, scoring 27 combined points on 52% shots in the first two rounds.
The SEC Freshman of the Year averaged over 17 points per game during the regular season, and his talent should be fully showcased this Saturday.
Moody won’t have a quiet game, however, as his defensive mission is the top scorer in college basketball.
If 18-year-old Moody plays a strong game on both sides of the field, the Arkansas Razorbacks should be on their way to victory.
Scheduled lineup for the Arkansas Razorbacks
F Jalen Tate, F Justin Smith, F Connor Vanover, g Notes from JD; g Moses Moody
Oral Roberts vs Arkansas prediction
While the Arkansas Razorbacks are clearly the favorites in this game, the momentum of the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles is very dangerous.
The Razorbacks compare very well against the Golden Eagles on ground, with star Max Abmas providing the only lag.
If Moses Moody manages to downplay Abmas’ output, the Arkansas Razorbacks should be well on their way to their first Elite Eight appearance since 1995.
Where to watch Oral Roberts vs Arkansas
The game will be broadcast live on TBS.