Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Sooners vs Rams CBB Odds
Looking for Oklahoma Sooners vs. Rhode Island Rams NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Sooners taking on the Rams on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Oklahoma Rhode Island matchup.
(18-13) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Rhode Island Rams (25-7)
Midwest Region: NCAA Tournament
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 12:15 PM ET
Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Rams -2
CBB Betting Total: 145
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Oklahoma is limping into the NCAA Tourney losing eight of their last 10 contests. Their most recent outing was a 60-71 loss to Oklahoma State, a team that was snubbed out of the tournament somehow.
A lot of people felt Oklahoma doesn’t belong, but their Kenpom stats say otherwise. Offensively they ranked 38th in efficiency and defensively they ranked 83rd.
They also get a lot of credit for owning the second hardest strength of schedule and 103rd hardest out of conference schedule.
Oklahoma has been led by the talented Freshman Guard Trae Young and Junior Guard Christian James. Young is averaging a glowing 27.4 PPG and 8.8 APG, while James is averaging 12.1 PPG and 4.3 RPG.
My only knock against Young is he can be careless with the ball as he averages 5.2 TPG.
If you are on the bubble but have a sensational one-and-done type of player, the NCAA will want to profit off that kid as much as possible before he leaves, so your team will have a good shot at making the tourney.
Rhode Island Rams
Like Oklahoma, Rhode Island hasn’t been so hot as they roll into this tournament going 4-4 in their last eight games and 2-6 ATS in that span.
They have been an efficient squad on both ends of the court as they rank 66th in offensive efficiency, while the defense has been a tad better ranking 38th in defensive efficiency.
Their schedule has battle-tested them as they own the 96th toughest strength of schedule, while their out of conference schedule ranks 67th overall.
Rhode Island is led by Senior Guards Jared Terrell and E.C. Matthews. Terrell is averaging 17.2 PPG and 3.5 RPG, while Matthews is averaging 13.1 PPG and 4.0 RPG.
According to my eye test, Rhode Island has not been playing good basketball as of late, but they have had a strong defense to fall back on. They’ll need a solid offensive performance to roll with Oklahoma.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-2 in OKLA last 11 non-conference games.
- OKLA are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
- Over is 6-2 in OKLA last 8 games as an underdog.
- RI are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Free Oklahoma Sooners vs. Rhode Island Rams NCAAB Prediction: Oklahoma sneaks past Rhode Island
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Under 145
Neither team has been playing fluent basketball, which makes this a hard game to predict. Oklahoma is only shooting 42.4% in their last five games, while Rhode Island has been worse shooting 38.4% in that span. I’ll roll with the under.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma 72 – Rhode Island 69
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