Oklahoma Sooners vs. Rhode Island Rams Odds, March Madness Betting Pick

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Rhode Island Rams Odds, March Madness Betting Pick


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Oklahoma started hot this season, then cooled significantly down the stretch. In fact, a good case could be made that the Sooners didn’t deserve an invitation to the Big Dance. The Sooners will play as short underdogs on a moving betting line against Rhode Island in an NCAA tournament first-round bout Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

March Madness point spread: This game opened as a pick ’em; the total is at 158, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

March Madness betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 85.6-65.8, Rams (March Madness picks on every game)

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Why Oklahoma can cover the spread

The Sooners started 14-2 this season, with wins over Wichita State and Texas Tech and two over TCU, and losses coming against Arkansas and West Virginia. Oklahoma added a win over Big 12 dual champion Kansas, and while it later cooled and lost six games in a row, five of those losses came against NCAA tournament qualifiers and several games were tight. The Sooners then won two of their last three, before falling to Oklahoma State in their Big 12 tournament opener.

So the Sooners received an invitation to the Dance based largely on their early-season work. Oklahoma fields one of the most exciting players in college basketball at the moment, freshman guard Trae Young, who led the nation in both scoring and assists. If he can play within himself and get some help from his supporting cast the Sooners could be dangerous.


Why Rhode Island can cover the spread

The Rams began this season 5-3, with wins over Seton Hall and Providence and losses to Nevada, Virginia and Alabama. Rhode Island then embarked upon a 16-game winning streak, picking up victories over NCAA tournament qualifiers Charleston, Iona, St. Bonaventure and Davidson. The Rams then lost three of their last five games but still won the Atlantic 10’s regular-season title at 15-3. URI then won two games in the A-10 tournament before falling to Davidson in the championship game 58-57.

So the Rams are back in the Big Dance for the second straight season. Rhode Island starts four seniors, including three who do most of the ball handling. That’s why the Rams own a 15-11 assists-to-turnovers ratio per game, which is pretty good for a college team. Oklahoma’s ratio, even with the mercurial Young, is 15-13.


Smart betting pick

Oklahoma could beat almost anyone on any given day, but can’t be trusted in a one-off spot at the moment. The Sooners should consider themselves lucky to be in the tournament, following their 4-11 finish. Rhode Island, meanwhile, might be a bit annoyed about its seeding, after going 17-4 in a pretty good A-10. The smart money here rides the Rams.


March Madness betting trends

The total has gone under in five of Rhode Island’s last six games.

Rhode Island is 4-0 ATS in its last four games after consecutive ATS losses.

Oklahoma is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games.


All college basketball odds and betting trends courtesy of Bleacher Report’s official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week’s top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.

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March 14, 2018 at 12:50PM


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