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Oral Roberts was such a clear-cut favorite before last season, during the season and in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament that hardly a thought was given to what if the Golden Eagles didn't make it. But a crazy thing happened in their own backyard.
"It was just a devastating loss," coach Scott Sutton said. "I couldn't wait to get [this] season going. I really wanted to play that next day."
That startling finish to an otherwise storybook campaign left an unsettling feeling throughout the Oral Roberts ranks.
"It was a very disappointing end to the season," Sutton said.
Actually, the season concluded in the opening round of the NIT after an 85-72 loss to Maryland. But the NIT was not even on the radar as the regular season progressed, what with Oral Roberts atop the conference and a virtual lock to roll through the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in its hometown of Tulsa.
The Golden Eagles were so dominant they led the conference in scoring, scoring defense, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, and rebound margin.