One of the little joys of selection Sunday – at least for those college basketball fans who don’t participate in the smaller conference tournaments – is discovering new teams they hadn’t known about before

No team shows this better in the 2021 NCAA tournament than Oral Roberts, a 15-seed from the South region who will face the 2-seed state of Ohio in the first round on Friday if you don’t know much about the university , don’t grind your teeth about it – this is only the team’s fifth appearance on March Madness and the first in over a decade

Aside from being fixated on Oral Roberts’ name, what is there to know about the small Oklahoma private school?

Sporting News is here to answer all of your questions about Oral Roberts, where it’s located, its unique name, and the history of the NCAA tournament:

Oral Roberts University is located just outside Tulsa, Okla, on the banks of the Arkansas River (Fun Fact: It’s also 25 minutes from the Blue Bell Creameries in Broken Arrow, Okla – one of only three manufacturing facilities in the country )

Oral Roberts has a listed enrollment of 4 in autumn 2019163 Its campus is 323 hectares. Per university, it offers 137 different bachelor’s degrees that focus on 88 majors in 23 broad areas of study

Oral Roberts University, a private evangelical university, was founded in 1963 by Granville Oral Roberts – a Choctaw-American charismatic Christian televangelist who is believed to be the godfather of the charismatic movement. He founded the school in 1963 and said he obeyed a command from God; The university received its first students in 1965

Prerequisites for university include students who sign a code of honor in which they agree not to drink, smoke, or engage in premarital sexual activities

Oral Roberts athletes – whose primary colors are blue and gold – play as golden eagles, a change made in 1993. Previously, Oral Roberts played as Titans in a 1965 student body vote

Oral Roberts currently plays in the Summit League, which has been their home since the 2014/15 season. Before that, the Golden Eagles played two seasons in Southland from 2013 to 2015.The longest uninterrupted stint of the Golden Eagles in a league was the Mid-Continent Conference , on which she played for 10 years from 1997 to 2007 The Mid-Continent Conference was renamed the Summit League in 2007

Oral Roberts also participated in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference – now the Horizon League – from 1979 to 1987. It had three posts as an independent. The first was from 1971 to 1979; the second from 1987 to ’89; the third from 1993 to ’97

Oral Roberts is coached by Paul Mills, who is in his fourth year running the Golden Eagles program. Previously, he was the head coach at the North Belt Christian Academy (1996-99) and the Fort Bend Baptist Academy (1999-2002) and an assistant at Baylor (2003-17)

Mills is between 55 and 65 years old for four seasons with Oral Roberts and will never get better than fourth in the Summit League standings. Oral Roberts’ record for the year can be found at Mills below:

HISTORY OF UPSETS BY SEED: 15 vs. 2 | 14 vs. 3 | 13 vs. 4 | 12 vs. 5

As a member of the Summit League, Oral Roberts’ sole entry point for the NCAA tournament was the Summit League tournament. The Golden Eagles competed as 4-seed over their 7-5 conference record, beating 5-seed North Dakota 76-75 in the quarterfinals , 1-seed South Dakota State 90-88 in the semifinals and 3-seed North Dakota State 75-72 in the final

Oral Roberts is headed offensively by Max Abmas, who averages 24 points per game on 32 assists per game and 37 rebounds per game Junior striker Kevin Obanor (6-8, 225 pounds) averaged 184 points and 95 rebounds per game and 12 assists per game RJ Glasper, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, is the last player to average more than 10 points per game: he averages 11 points per game, 31 rebound per game and two assists per game

Oral Roberts played the NCAA tournament a total of five times before 2021, but the Golden Eagles had limited success in March Madness, winning their only tournament games before the 1985 expansion; This happened when the team reached the regional final in 1974 in just the team’s third year as a Division I program (and the eleventh year since its original charter)

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