Max Abmas lighting up Ohio State at Mackey Arena

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The leading scorer in men's basketball is looking the part against Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament.

Oral Roberts sophomore guard Max Abmas is living up to his "Midcourt Max" nickname by draining multiple three-point shots against the Buckeyes.

Abmas is leading Oral Roberts in points at halftime with 18 points on six of 13 shooting. That includes hitting five three-point shots. 

The No. 15 seed Golden Eagles lead the No. 2 seed Buckeyes 36-33. 

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As Seth Davis of CBS noted during the halftime broadcast, the last time a player of a No. 15 seed scored 30 or more points in a win over a No. 2 seed, it was Ohio-native C.J. McCollum of Lehigh doing it against Duke in 2012. Abmas is well on his way.

What else is there to know about Abmas? 

Max Abmas is the leading scorer in NCAA basketball

Abmas came into the game leading the country averaging 24.2 points per game. He did so shooting 43.3 percent on three-point shots this season and 48.4 percent from the field. 

Abmas ranks 10th in the nation in three-point shooting percentage. 

Abmas topped 40 points twice this season, going for 41 against Western Illinois on Feb. 27 and 42 against South Dakota State on Feb. 13. 

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“Their guard will pull up literally (from anywhere),” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said recently. “He’s a terrific player. I think he’ll eventually be a pro, I really do. He just has the ability to shoot it from everywhere on the floor.”

Is name is Abmas, but it has a unique pronunciation 

When you see Abmas, it’s easy to assume it’s pronounced ab-mas. Not so fast. 

It's actually pronounced ACE-miss. That's a fitting name given his scoring prowess. 

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