Arkansas was down 12 points five minutes into the second half on Saturday and was on the verge of falling on the wrong side of a historic surprise. But like much of the previous NCAA Men’s Championship matches, the Razorbacks are back in a 72-70 victory to advance to Elite Eight.
Devonte Davis made the game’s winning basket four seconds remaining to secure a win at Sweet 16 in Indianapolis, while sending Cinderella into the tournament as she was trying to become the first number 15 seed to advance to Elite Eight.
Instead, Arkansas beat its card, putting the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995. Ural Roberts star Max Apmas (25), the nation’s leading goalscorer, missed one point for a three-point victory over time.
Galen Tate (22 points) was the Arkansas champion across the distance, helping the team take the lead for the first time in the second half of a bucket with minutes remaining, then scored six major points in the last few minutes. The Razorbacks fed offensive rebounds for Second Chance Points, while beating Oral Roberts 46-35. Davis added 14 points, while Musa Moody added 14 points.
Arkansas (25-6), No. 3 seed from the Securities and Exchange Commission, trailed seven in the first half but kept its cool, having returned from a huge deficit in the first half versus Colgate in the first round and barely escaped Texas Tech in the second round.
Oral Roberts was a lot closer in this game than he was during the December 20 meeting between the two teams when the Razorbacks won by 11 points. The Golden Eagles (18-11) were trying to throw off the narration that they were just a two-person team behind the Abbmas. Kevin Obanor (58 points in the first two games). For a while, this was happening. The round players Carlos Jurgens scored 13 points and Francis Lasis scored 11 points and six rebounds. But both players made four fouls and Oral Roberts did not score any points from the bench.
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