Rhode Island to Come Up Short vs. Oregon

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Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:17 PM GMT

No. 3 Oregon squares off against No. 11 Rhode Island on Sunday in the second round Midwest Region action. Best bet and preview here.

No 2 Oregon vs. No. 11 Rhode Island

Midwest Region, Sunday, 7:10 pm E.T

Rhode Island bucked Creighton out of the Midwest Region with a convincing 84-72 win in the opening round. The Rams led from start to finish in its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 18 years. The victory makes it nine straight for the resurgent A-10 champions, initially ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll. It is on a 7-2 ATS the run, beating the number by 7 points per game. Head coach Dan Hurley's stingy defense is holding teams to 38.5 percent shooting in this span.

Oregon entered the Big Dance without one of its big men with Chris Boucher sidelined because of a torn ACL in his left knee. But the third-seeded Ducks didn't miss a beat in their 93-77 romp over No. 14 Iona. They are now 28-3 SU and 19-10-1 ATS in their last 31 games after opening the season with two losses in four games. The offense, which ranks 30th in adjusted efficiency on KenPom, has gone over its team total in 9 of its last 10 games. The Ducks are shooting 40 percent from the 3-point area in this span.

Ducks are just 5-8 ATS versus non-Pac 12 foes this season, tipping off a 16.1-point favorite on average. The cover rate is just as lackluster over the last three seasons when playing on the neutral hardwood with a single-digit line. In this situation, Oregon, 2.1-point chalk on average, is 6-5 SU and 4-7 ATS. A slumping offense typically plagues the team, scoring less than projected in the betting market in seven of the 11 contests. Not the best trend with Rhode Island on deck.

Still, the Ducks are more athletic and have the size to compete with the Rams under the basket. For you March Madness predictions, expect Oregon to Cover and advance to next round

Free NCAAB Pick: Oregon -5

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