Oral Roberts 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles - Mid-Continent Conference (23-10, 12-2)
Seed: #14 - East Region
Big Wins: 11/15 at Kansas (78-71), 12/28 vs Seton Hall (76-74), 3/6 Oakland (71-67)
Bad Losses: 11/10 at Loyola Marymount (65-68), 12/16 at Chattanooga (72-76), 2/1 at Valparaiso (67-70)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, First Round loss to Memphis
Coach: Scott Sutton (0-1 in 1 NCAA appearance)
Probable Oral Roberts Starters:
Adam Liberty, Junior, Guard, 6.9 ppg, 2.9 apg
Ken Tutt, Senior, Guard, 16.1 ppg, 2.5 apg
Yemi Ogunoye, Junior, Guard, 2.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Caleb Green, Senior, Forward, 20.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.5 apg
Shawn King, Junior, Center, 7.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 bpg
Key Roleplayers for Oral Roberts:
Kelvin Sango, Sophomore, Guard, 3.7 ppg, 1.6 apg
Marchello Vealy, Sophomore, Guard, 7.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg
Moses Ehambe, Junior, Guard, 7.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Thanks to Caleb Green, Oral Roberts has a dominating frontcourt. The 6-8 power forward leads the team with 20.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest. His frontcourt mate, Shawn King, has stepped in and done a good job of taking the pressure off of Green. King has great shot blocking abilities and will do enough on the offensive end to make the opposition think twice about doubling Green.
One of the best inside/outside duos in the nation is Green and Ken Tutt. Tutt is an amazing outside shooter and will use his quickness to get to the basket with ease. The senior rarely fails to reach double-digits in scoring and can take over a game whenever he needs to.
Why Oral Roberts Can Disappoint:
Adam Liberty transferred in from Wichita State and immediately took over the point guard duties. Liberty has a solid, athletic build and will use his strength to get to the basket and find an open teammate. Unfortunately for ORU, Liberty is one of the few players with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and his is not anything to get excited about. Turnovers have plagued the Golden Eagles this year. In their ten regular season losses, ORU committed 162 turnovers and only dished out 114 assists, culminating in a six assist, 23 turnover effort against Tulsa.
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Who To Watch:
Yemi Ogunoye has earned the starting role on the wing due to his defense, but Marchello Vealy and Moses Ehambe provide the scoring spark off the bench. Vealy is an explosive athlete and, at 6-7, has the ability to play at the three or four spots. He will use his ups to get on the glass and do a little shot blocking. Ehambe, the prototypical long range shooter, can score in bunches off the bench.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 72.3 (110th in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 64.7 (75, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 47.0 (51, 2)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.6 (76, 2)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.3 (99, 6)
Rebound Margin: 4.6 (43, 2)
Assists Per Game: 13.6 (161, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.2 (215, 6)
Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Washington State
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