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March Madness sleepers: What to know about Oral Roberts' bracket buster chances

Indianapolis Star logo Indianapolis Star 3/19/2021 Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star
a young boy holding a basketball: Nov 25, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Oral Roberts Golden Eagles guard Max Abmas (3) makes a jumpshot against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports © Denny Medley, Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Nov 25, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Oral Roberts Golden Eagles guard Max Abmas (3) makes a jumpshot against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Sixty-eight men's college basketball teams will be descending on Indianapolis and only one of them will be from the state of Indiana. So if you're not a Purdue fan, IndyStar will be giving you all the information you need to pick your own Cinderella.

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How they got here: Oral Roberts (16-10) needed a Kevin Obanor tip-in at the buzzer to beat South Dakota  State 90-88 in the Summit League semifinal, then a block and a steal from Francis Lacis to hold off North Dakota State in the final for the program's first league title since 2007-08. Oral Roberts led 45-20 at halftime but Max Abmas needed a free throw with 14.6 seconds remaining to take a 73-72 lead. Lacis blocked a layup attempt with 2.2 seconds to play and, after D'Mauria Jones (a 52.2% free throw shooter) pushed the lead to 75-72 with a pair of free throws, Lacis deflected a long pass to clinch the victory.

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Best player: Abmas, a 6-1, 165-pound sophomore guard, is the nation's leading scorer at 24.2 points per game and one of the top 3-point shooters in the country. He ranks fourth in 3-pointers per game (3.6), fifth in 3-pointers made (90), ninth in 3-pointers attempted (208) and 13th in percentage (.433). Obander is a 6-8, 225-pound forward who averages 18.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

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One of the nation's top 3-point shooting teams: Oral Roberts is first in the nation in 3-pointers attempted per game (11.3) and eighth in percentage (.390).

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Famous alumni: Kathie Lee Gifford, host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee and NBC's Today Show. ... Brian Graden is a Fox executive who helped develop South Park and was named one of the 10 most powerful gay persons in American by Out in April 2007.

Indiana connections: Coach Paul Mills was on the staff of Scott Drew at Baylor from 2003-07. Drew is the son of long-time Valparaiso coach Homer Drew, graduated from Butler and was head coach at Valpo. ... Graduate assistant/video coordinator Iain Laymon is an IU grad (Class of 2013) and worked under Tom Crean with the Hoosiers.

Contact IndyStar Deputy Sports Editor Nat Newell at (317) 444-6182 or nat.newell@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NatJNewell.

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