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Oral Roberts Upsets Ohio State To Bust Brackets In 2021 March Madness Round 1

Tim HeaneyDirector of Sports Content
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Last Updated: Mar 19, 2021

We have our first major upset in 2021 March Madness with a 15 over 2 victory: Oral Roberts upset Ohio State in the first round of the South region, busting many a bracket in the process.

Oral Roberts (+1000) was naturally a heavy underdog:

Oral Roberts was led by Max Abmas, the leading scorer in the nation. He piled on 29 points with 5 3-pointers, and Kevin Obanor, who put up 30 points and 11 rebounds.

The Summit League champions also won an important battle: free throws. The victorious Golden Eagles were 14-for-18 (77.8%) from the free-throw line, while the Buckeyes struggled at 9-for-18 (50%) from the charity stripe.

Ohio State, meanwhile, also lost the turnover battle at 15-6.

Oral Roberts advances to face seventh-seeded Florida on Sunday in the Round of 32.


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Before joining The Game Day, Tim spent more than a decade in the fantasy sports and betting industry. Having written for ESPN, RotoWire, and USA TODAY, Tim earned an FSWA award nomination for Best MLB Print Article and multiple Top-5 finishes in fantasy baseball rankings contests. Tim has competed in Tout Wars (1 championship), LABR, Scott Fish Bowl, NFBC/NFFC, TGFBI, and RazzBowl (recent 4th-overall finish out of 200+). Drop him a line about TV, music, craft beer & pro wrestling.

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