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Oral Roberts to face Florida in second round of NCAA tournament

Gators will take on bracket-busting Golden Eagles, who knocked off No. 2 seed Ohio State
Florida Gators head coach Mike White and Tre Mann embrace after 2021 NCAA tournament win against Virginia Tech Hokies
Posted at 10:31 AM, Mar 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-20 10:31:43-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Oral Roberts and Florida will meet in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Florida earned a 75-70 overtime win over Virginia Tech in its most recent game, while Oral Roberts won 75-72 in overtime against Ohio State in its last outing.

SQUAD LEADERS: Florida's Tre Mann has averaged 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while Colin Castleton has put up 11.8 points, six rebounds and 2.1 blocks. For the Golden Eagles, Max Abmas has averaged 24.4 points while Kevin Obanor has put up 18.6 points and 9.5 rebounds.

FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Abmas has accounted for 52% of all Oral Roberts field goals over the last three games. Abmas has 23 field goals and 20 assists in those games.

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles guard Max Abmas goes for layup against Ohio State Buckeyes in 2021 NCAA tournament
Oral Roberts' Max Abmas lays up between Ohio State's Duane Washington Jr. (4) and E.J. Liddell (32) during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 19, 2021, at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Oral Roberts won 75-72 in overtime.

WINLESS WHEN: Florida is 0-5 this year when it scores 66 points or fewer and 15-4 when it scores at least 67.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Golden Eagles have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Gators. Florida has 31 assists on 71 field goals (43.7%) over its past three matchups while Oral Roberts has assists on 45 of 82 field goals (54.9%) during its past three games.

BALL SECURITY: The diligent Oral Roberts offense has turned the ball over on 15.5 percent of its possessions, the 15th-best mark in Division I. For Florida, 21.2% of all possessions have resulted in a turnover (the Gators are ranked 289th, nationally).