Oklahoma to Batter Rhode Island in Midwest Region

Swinging Johnson

Monday, March 12, 2018 6:26 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 12, 2018 6:26 PM UTC

The Midwest Region tips off right around noon Thursday when No. 7 URI takes on No. 10 Oklahoma. Let’s check out the NCAA basketball odds and break this one down.

No. 10 Oklahoma (18-13 SU, 10-20 ATS) vs. No. 7 URI (25-7 SU, 15-13 ATS)Free NCAAB Pick: Oklahoma +2Best Line Offered: YouWager

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Many were dismayed when Oklahoma got its ticket punched to the Big Dance, and even more shook their collective heads when the Sooners were awarded the No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region. Fans of Notre Dame, USC, Louisville and Saint Mary’s were none too happy that their teams were bounced while the Sooners got to dance. However, the flip side of that argument is the difficult schedule that Oklahoma was saddled with and the fact that it dispatched five top 20 teams, including the No. 1 seed in the Midwest in Kansas.

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— Univ. of Oklahoma (@UofOklahoma) March 11, 2018

The University of Rhode Island was the Atlantic 10 regular-season champ but was edged 58-57 in the conference tournament by rival Davidson. The Rams were led by Jared Terrell this season, averaging 17.2 points per game, but the senior guard disappointed in the conference championship after being held to just five points in the loss to Davidson. URI enters the national tournament having split their last eight games straight up and covering the NCAA basketball odds in only two of those eight contests.

This is an interesting matchup that features an Oklahoma team that has fallen into a late-season malaise. The Sooners have won just two of their last eight games and have tortured those who have backed them in their NCAA basketball picks by covering the number in only three of their last 15 games. But to ignore the caliber of opponents each team has faced in this matchup would be tantamount to disaster. Oklahoma has a high-pressure offense that averages 85.2 points per game and is ranked fourth in the nation in that category versus the 89th ranked Rams’ offense, averaging 76.8 PPG. In addition, Oklahoma will enjoy a big advantage on the glass over URI’s big men, ranked 235th in rebounding this season.

Here are a few betting trends to consider before plunking down your cold, hard cash:

  • URI is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss.
  • URI is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite.
  • URI is 1-4 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • URI is 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

There is a great deal of negative attention being paid to Oklahoma due to their late-season travails. Despite the fact that URI is outgunned on offense and on the glass will make little difference to the public who view the Rams as a spunky A-10 team vs. an entitled squad out of the Big 12. But we see little Rhody unable to keep pace with the electric freshman guard Trae Young and this Oklahoma offense which makes the Sooners a live neutral site dog in this one.

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