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NCAA Sweet 16 Betting – Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Written by:
Phil Simon
Published on:
Mar/25/2021

It looks like Cinderella made the Big Dance from Tulsa, Oklahoma this year. In case you were wondering, like I was, Tulsa is the home of Oral Roberts University, which tangles with the Arkansas Razorbacks in one of Saturday’s Sweet 16 matchups. The Golden Eagles became just the second No. 15 seed to advance to the second weekend dispatching Ohio State and Florida in the first two rounds. They face another challenge against one of the top clubs from the SEC, but it’s not like ORU is feeling any pressure. Heavy underdogs in their first two Tournament matchups, the Golden Eagles are catching 11.5 points on the opening college hoops line. Bookmaker.eu offers a generous CASH welcome bonus (max bonus $1600)

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Date and Time: Saturday, March 27, 2021, 7:25 p.m. ET
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Opening College Basketball Odds: Arkansas -11.5, O/U 158.5
Oral Roberts vs. Arkansas TV Coverage: TBS

Odds Analysis

Not many are giving Oral Roberts a chance in this game. That’s just fine with the Eagles since they received little support in their wins over Ohio State and Florida. The Eagles opened as the biggest underdog on the Sweet 16 board catching 11.5-points. They were a huge 15-point dog against the Buckeyes but prevailed 75-72 in overtime. Closing out the regular season with a pair of wins then winning three straight to capture the Summit League title, ORU is riding a seven-game winning streak with payouts in each of the last six. Arkansas rebounded from an upset loss to LSU in the SEC semifinals to dispatch 14th seeded Colgate 85-68 in the opening round. The Hogs survived Texas Tech in the second round and have won 11 of their last 12 games going 10-2 ATS. The teams met back in December with Arkansas getting an 87-76 home win failing to cover the 19.5-point spread.

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

Oral Roberts is just the second No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 joining the 2013 Florida Gulf Coast team. And ironically the nickname of both teams is the Eagles. Hmmm. ORU is hoping that’s not where the similarities end. They would like to become the first No. 15 to reach the Elite Eight. You might think that’s a stretch, but we saw a No. 16 take down a No. 1 just a few seasons ago, so anything is possible. Before their current run the Golden Eagles were just 11-10 SU and 10-8 ATS, and like a number of teams in the Tournament they got hot at the right time. Still, winning the Summit League wasn’t an indication that this club could go as far as it has.

The dynamic scoring duo of Max Abmas and Kevin Obanor has been splendid during the Tournament run. Obanor, who averages 19.0 points, hit 6 of 9 three-pointers for 28 points with 11 rebounds against the Gators. The Summit League’s leading scorer at 24.2 points per game, Abmas went for 26 with seven assists and was a perfect 12 of 12 from the free throw line. One thing that hurt ORU in the earlier meeting was Arkansas’ size. The Eagles were outrebounded 58-32 and lost by 11 despite 21 points and 10 rebounds from Obanor.

Arkansas Razorbacks

I doubt Arkansas is going to take ORU lightly, especially after watching them pull off a pair of major upsets. That meeting back in December is also a good indication as coach Eric Musselman pointed out that the Eagles are “really well coached.” The Hogs were able to withstand a defensive battle against Texas Tech in the second round, escaping with a 68-66 win against a top-25 defense. Points shouldn’t be as hard to come by in this matchup for a club that averages 82 per game. The balanced attack is led by Moses Moody, who averages 17.1 points, one of four players in double figures. Moody scored 15 in the win over Texas Tech with Justin Smith dropping 20 and coming up with a big defensive play.

Smith was the BMOC in Arkansas’ win over ORU back in December tallying 22 points and 17 rebounds. He was helped with 16 points and 10 rebounds from Desi Sills while Moody added 18 points and seven boards. Sills played just three minutes against Tech and starting center Connor Vanover never left the bench as only six players saw significant minutes in the second round win.

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There’s a reason why only two No. 15 seeds have reached the round of 16 and none have advanced beyond that. As the Tournament runs deeper the better teams are usually left standing. The Hogs are the more talented team and will again use their size and athleticism to dominate inside. Abmas and Obanor will get their points since that’s what they do, but the slipper is coming off on Saturday.

NCAA Tournament Prediction: Arkansas 86, Oral Roberts 71

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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