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Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oklahoma Sooners (18-13) at Rhode Island Rams (25-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Rhode Island Rams -2 -- Over/Under: 158 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Oklahoma Sooners and Rhode Island Rams meet Thursday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Oklahoma Sooners enter this tournament ice cold after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Oklahoma Sooners are averaging 85.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 81.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 27.4 points and 8.8 assists while Christian James is averaging 12.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Brady Manek is the third double-digit scorer and Rashard Odomes is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Oklahoma Sooners are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma Sooners are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma Sooners have won three of their last four neutral site games.

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Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rhode Island Rams have split their last eight games and are coming off a loss in the A10 Championship. The Rhode Island Rams are averaging 76.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Jared Terrell is averaging 17.2 points and 2.3 assists while E.C. Matthews is averaging 13.1 points and four rebounds. Stanford Robinson is dishing 1.9 assists and Andre Berry is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Rhode Island Rams are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Rhode Island Rams are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Rhode Island Rams have won three of their last five neutral site games.

The Sooners are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Rams are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Rams last 6 overall and the over is 9-2 in Sooners last 11 non-conference games.

Few have been harder on the Oklahoma Sooners than me, and I don't think they should be in the tournament based on the last two months of the season. However, they're here now, so not much we can do. Oklahoma has a lot of flaws, but we saw what this team did in out of conference play and teams that have faced them for the first time have struggled. There's also a recent history of teams that many don't think should have made the tournament end up making a run. They use it as added motivation and end up busting brackets, and we saw just how emotional the Sooners were when they were announced they made it to the big dance. Not to mention the Rhode Island Rams limped to the finish line, scoring 61 or less points in three of their last five games and just played three games in three days, ending their tournament on Sunday. I like OU to win this game outright.

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