April 20, 2021

‘I was always the underdog’: 15 seed Oral Roberts stuns No. 2 Ohio State

WEST LAFAYETTE – The message Paul Mills sent his players was simple.

“Don’t let anybody put a number in front of your name,” the Oral Roberts men’s basketball coach said.

Except this sport is all about putting numbers with names.

It starts when, as teenagers, recruiting sites associate players by rank or a star method to determine worth.

And it certainly happens in the NCAA tournament, where qualifying teams are seeded based on their regular season resume.

So, regardless of what Mills told the Golden Eagles, they were a No. 15 seed and Ohio State was a No. 2 seed.

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