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Oral Roberts meets NDSU in Summit League quarters

March 9, 2019

No. 5 seed Oral Roberts (11-20, 7-9) vs. No. 4 seed North Dakota State (15-15, 9-7)

Summit League Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Sunday, 6 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: A spot in the Summit League semifinals is up for grabs as Oral Roberts and North Dakota State prepare to face off. North Dakota State swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last met on Feb. 14, when the Bison outshot Oral Roberts 54.5 percent to 51.8 percent and made six more 3-pointers en route to the 12-point victory.

FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Oral Roberts’ Emmanuel Nzekwesi, Kevin Obanor and D.J. Weaver have combined to account for 48 percent of all Golden Eagles scoring this season, although that trio’s output has fallen to 21 percent over the last five games.

TERRIFIC TYSON: Tyson Ward has connected on 31.9 percent of the 69 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 5 for 14 over the last three games. He’s also made 73.9 percent of his free throws this season.

WINLESS WHEN: North Dakota State is 0-8 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 15-7 when it scores at least 66.

FLOOR SPACING: Oral Roberts’s Weaver has attempted 179 3-pointers and connected on 41.9 percent of them, and is 6 for 15 over the last three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Oral Roberts is ranked first among Summit League teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 30.3 percent. The Golden Eagles have averaged 10.4 offensive boards per game.

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