Instant Analysis from Ohio State's Brutal Overtime Loss to Oral Roberts in NCAA First Round

Ohio State's Big Dance dreams crashed in overtime, as the short-handed Buckeyes lose a stunner.
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After nearly winning the Big Ten Tournament championship in Indianapolis last week and carrying much better mojo going into the national tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes drew a tough opening round opponent: the nation's best 3-point shooting team, best free throw shooting team and college basketball's individual leading scorer.

In a shocking overtime result, Max Abmas and the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles survived an Ohio State 3-pointer that would've won the game in regulation and a pair of game-tying triple-tries at the end of overtime to beat the Buckeyes, 75-72.

After hitting his first four shots of the game, Duane Washington Jr.  went just 3-for-17 the rest of the day. The Buckeyes were 5-for-23 from 3-point range and 9-for-18 from the line in the overtime loss.

E.J. Liddell finished the game 10-of-15 shooting, scoring 23 points and snagging 14 rebounds. The rest of the team combined to hit just 19-of-52 shots. Ohio State also turned it over 16 times, including 12 instances after halftime.

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The loss ends Ohio State's season with a record of 21-10 and squashes their dreams of a Final Four run. The Golden Eagles became just the ninth No. 15-seed to beat a No. 2-seed in the history of the tournament. To date, No. 2 seeds have a record of 132-9. The last time a No. 2-seed lost an opening round game came in 2016 when Middle Tennessee St. knocked out Michigan State.

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