One of the little joys of Pick Sunday, for those college basketball fans who don’t follow the smaller conference tournaments, at least, is discovering new teams they didn’t know about before.
No team better illustrates that in the 2021 NCAA Tournament than Oral Roberts, a 15th seed from the Southern Region who will face second-seeded Ohio State in the first round on Friday. If you don’t know much about college, don’t grit your teeth for it – this is just the team’s fifth appearance at March Madness, and its first in more than a decade.
Aside from the fixation on the Oral Roberts name, however, what is there to know about the small Oklahoma private school?
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Sporting News is here to answer all your questions about Oral Roberts, where he is, his unique name, and the history of the NCAA tournament:
Where is Oral Roberts located?
Oral Roberts University is located just outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the Arkansas River. (Fun fact: It’s also 25 minutes from Blue Bell Creameries in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, one of only three manufacturing plants in the country.)
How big is Oral Roberts?
Oral roberts it has a listed enrollment of 4,163 as of Fall 2019. Its campus is 323 acres. By the University, offers 137 different university degrees, concentrated in 88 specializations within 23 broad fields of study.
Whose Oral Roberts University is named?
Oral Roberts University, a private evangelical university, was founded in 1963 by Granville Oral Roberts, a Choctaw-American charismatic Christian televangelist who is considered the godfather of the charismatic movement. He founded the school in 1963, saying he was obeying a command from God; the university received its first students in 1965.
Requirements for college include students signing a code of honor Commit not to drink, smoke, or engage in premarital sexual activities.
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What is Oral Roberts’s pet?
Oral Roberts athletes, whose primary colors are blue and gold, play as Golden Eagles, a change made in 1993. Prior to that, Oral Roberts played as the Titans as part of a 1965 student body vote.
What league does Oral Roberts play in?
Oral Roberts currently plays in the Summit League, which has been his home since the 2014-15 season. Before that, the Golden Eagles played in Southland for two seasons from 2013-15. The Golden Eagles’ longest continuous season with a league was in the Mid-Continent Conference, in which they played for 10 years from 1997 to 2007; the Mid-Continent Conference then renamed the Summit League in 2007.
Oral Roberts has also played in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now the Horizon League, from 1979 to 1987. He has had three seasons as an independent. The first was from 1971 to ’79; the second from 1987 to ’89; the third from 1993 to ’97.
Who is Oral Roberts’s trainer?
Oral Roberts is trained by Paul Mills, in his fourth year leading the Golden Eagles program. Prior to that, he was a head coach at North Belt Christian Academy (1996-99) and Fort Bend Baptist Academy (1999-2002) and an assistant at Baylor (2003-17).
Mills is 55-65 over four seasons at Oral Roberts, and never finished better than fourth in the Summit League standings. Below is Oral Roberts’ annual record under Mills:
|Year||Record (Summit League)||Summit League Final|
|2020-21||16-10 (10-5)||4th *|
* Won the Summit League tournament
HISTORY OF SEED DISORDERS:
15 against 2 | 14 against 3 | 13 against 4 | 12 against 5
Oral Roberts 2020-21 Season Recap
- 2020-21 record: 16-10 (top game 10-5)
- NET Ranking: 158
- KenPom Classification: 152
As a member of the Summit League, Oral Roberts’ only entry point to the NCAA Tournament was through the Summit League Tournament. The Golden Eagles entered as 4 seeds through their conference record of 7-5, defeating 5-seeded North Dakota 76-75 in the quarterfinals, South Dakota 1 seeded 90-88 in the semifinals and 3 seeds from the state of North Dakota. 75-72 in the final.
Oral Roberts is led offensively 6-1 by 165-pound second-year guard Max Abmas, who is averaging 24.4 points per game in addition to 3.2 assists per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. Youth forward Kevin Obanor (6-8, 225 pounds) is averaging 18.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and 1.2 assists per game. RJ Glasper, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, is the latest player to average more than 10 points per game – averaging 11 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and two assists per game.
Oral Roberts NCAA tournament history
Oral Roberts has participated in the NCAA Tournament a total of five times prior to 2021. However, the Golden Eagles have had limited success in March Madness, winning their only tournament games prior to the 1985 expansion; That happened when the team reached the 1974 regional final in just the team’s third year as a Division I program (and the 11th year since it was originally founded).
Below is a summary of the history of the Golden Eagles NCAA tournament:
|1974||Final regional||93-90 overtime loss to Kansas|
|1984||First round||92-83 loss to Memphis|
|2006||First round||94-78 loss to Memphis|
|2007||First round||70-54 loss to Washington State|
|2008||First round||82-63 loss to Pitt|
|2021||First round||against the state of Ohio|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.