March Madness First Round Previews and Picks: Rhode Island vs Oklahoma

 

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The Oklahoma Sooners and the Rhode Island Rams will play in a NCAA Tournament First Round game on March 15th at 12:15pm in Pittsburgh, PA.  The Vegas odds favorite Rams (-130) lost to the Davidson Wildcats in the Atlantic 10 Championship final by only 1 point.  

Ram's senior E.C. Matthews scored the game high 20 points and 8 rebounds.  Jarvis Garrett was the leader in assists with 4.  The Rams have won 6 out of their last 10 games.  Jared Terrell at the guard position leads the team with 17.2 points per game.  Terrell initially signed with Oklahoma before signing with the Rams.  In the regular betting odds season, Rhode Island averaged 76.8 points per game, 34 rebounds per game, 15 assists per game and allowed 68 points by opponents per game.  The Vegas odds makers favorite for this Tournament matchup is Rhode Island at -2(-115) and the road dog as Oklahoma at +2(-105).  The game total is listed at 158(-115)u and 158(-105)o for the over/under bettor.

The Oklahoma Sooners are coming off a loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a 60-71 free sports pick game.  Oklahoma has lost 8 of their last 10 games.  The Sooners are 4th with 85 points per game this season.  They averaged 38 rebounds, 15 assists and allowed 82 points per game in the regulat season.  The Sooners have made it to 5 Final Four matchups and 30 tournament appearance.   The selection committe has been criticized for selecting Oklahoma who started the season with a 12-1 record, got better and ended the season off with lackluster play.  Trae Young and company are starting off the tournament with a clean slate and an opportunity to show the world that they did deserve the selection.  Can Oklahoma win against the betting favorite Rhode Island?  

 

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