Albany vs. Oklahoma - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma (22-10) vs. Albany (24-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:27 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Albany Great Danes and Oklahoma Sooners play Friday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Albany Great Danes won the America East and have won six straight games. On the season, Albany is averaging 65.5 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 42 percent shooting. Sam Rowley is averaging 14 points and 7.7 rebounds while Peter Hooley is averaging 13.7 points and three rebounds. Evan Singletary is the third double-digit scorer and Ray Sanders is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Albany Great Danes have four players averaging at least 9.7 points, and they’re shooting 76.1 percent from the line and 36 percent from deep. Defensively, Albany is allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in 10 of its last 11 games.
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The Oklahoma Sooners were third in the Big 12 and have won five of their last seven. On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 71.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while Isaiah Cousins is averaging 12.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. TaShawn Thomas is dishing 1.5 assists and Ryan Spangler is grabbing eight rebounds. The Oklahoma Sooners have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 73.5 percent from the line and 34.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or more points in five of its last seven games.
The Great Danes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sooners are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Albany has an experienced team that plays solid defense and isn't used to losing. This game should be closer than expected. Oklahoma still wins, but take the points.