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

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After a one-year absence, Oklahoma is back in the NCAA Tournament despite a late-season slide that had its chances in doubt.

The No. 7 seed Rhode Island Rams will take on the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners this week in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. As a 15 seed, the Eagles knocked off No. 2 Georgetown and defeated San Diego State in the second round to become the first 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

"We don't have any bad losses, and it's a great conference, a great league", Drew said. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

No. 25 URI (25-7), which lost to Davidson, 58-57, in the Atlantic 10 Championship game Sunday, received a No. 7 seed in the West Regional and will play No. 10 Oklahoma (18-13) Thursday in Pittsburgh. Additionally, Northeast Conference victor LIU-Brooklyn will play Radford in a First Four game in Dayton, and MAAC champ Iona earns a date with Duke. Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma finished in a four-way tie for sixth at 8-10 in the Big 12 regular season.

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Oklahoma is led by point guard Trae Young, one of the most electric players in college basketball.

There has been a lot of debate surrounding the Sooners and their bid for the tournament, winning big games early in the season, but struggled down the stretch. "I'm not on the committee, but certainly the way that we've played over the last couple of weeks we look like an NCAA tournament team". Both teams sank shots at around 38% with Davidson holding a decisive 14-9 advantage at the stripe. "No let up, we're going to play as hard as we can every possession from now on".

There is no doubt Oklahoma played a rugged schedule with a packed Big 12 schedule to deal with.

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