The Oregon Ducks (30-5) are the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on the No. 11 seed Rhode Island Rams (25-9). The game will be played at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento at 7:10 p.m. E.T. on Sunday.
Preview: Louisville took care of business against Iona on Friday with a dominating 93-77 victory. The Ducks are led by forward Dillon Brooks, who averages 16.3 points per game.
Rhode Island defeated Creighton on Friday in an upset 84-72 win, marking the Rams’ first tourney win since 1998. The Rams are led by E.C. Matthews who averages 14.9 points per game.
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 7:10 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: TBS
Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore and Ros Gold-Onwude
Opening Betting Line: Oregon -5, via OddsShark
According to College Basketball Reference, Oregon and Rhode Island have met two times, with both teams nabbing a win. The most recent matchup took place in 1981, when the Ducks defeated the Rams 95-94.
Oregon has appeared in the tournament 14 times, and the Ducks have advanced to one Final Four. They have a tournament record of 19-13, and have won one national championship.
Rhode Island has appeared in the tournament 8 times, and the Rams have advanced to zero Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 6-8, and have never won a national championship.
Prediction: Oregon rolls in this one. Rhode Island getting a win after such a long drought is a nice story, but the Rams’ season ends in the second round. The Ducks looked like a title contender against Iona on Friday, and I expect them to come out with the same intensity in another convincing win. Ducks by 15.