Oklahoma Sooners vs. Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners - 3/18/16 College Basketball NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (24-8) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (25-7)
College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners shoot for the huge upset of the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners did what many thought was impossible and that was beat New Mexico State in the WAC championship. The Roadrunners will be making their first NCAA appearance of any kind with their defense first play. The UCSB offense isn’t horrible at 73 points on 45% but their number 15 defense gives up just 62 points on 39% from the floor. The red hot Roadrunners have won six in a row behind solid offense and suffocating defense which will be put to the test by Oklahoma. Logic says Cal State Bakersfield will need points and Aly Ahmed with 13 points and Kevin Mays with around 13 points apiece and 14 combined rebounds have to produce.
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The high powered Oklahoma Sooners were briefly ranked first in the nation but a few defeats knocked them off the perch. The Sooners ended up as third in the Big 12 behind Kansas and West Virginia with a loss to the Mountaineers in the conference semifinals denying them another shot at the Jayhawks. OU scored over 80 points on 46% shooting with 70 points allowed in their entertaining up tempo approach. The Sooners won’t be changing a thing as they will quicken the pace with Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield leading the way with an out of this word 25 points on 49.6% marksmanship with Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard averaging 13 and 12.6 points respectively while Ryan Spangler added 10.8 points and over nine rebounds.
The under is 8-1 in Cal State Bakersfield last 9 overall and is 8-1 in their last 9 neutral site games while the Roadrunners are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 10-1 in Oklahoma last 11 overall and the under is 19-7 in their last 26 neutral site games. The question here is can the Roadrunners slow Oklahoma…