The No. 7 seed Rhode Island Rams will take on the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners this week in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The two teams are part of the Midwest region, playing in the same bracket as overall No. 1 seed Kansas.
Preview: Rhode Island finished with a 25-7 record this past season – with a 15-3 mark in the Atlantic 10. The Rams won the league’s regular season title, but fell to Davidson by a point in the league’s tournament title game.
Oklahoma, meanwhile, has one of the craziest rollercoaster rides of the season. The Sooners were ranked as high as No. 4 overall in mid-January, but collapsed down the stretch. They finished with an 18-13 record and an 8-10 mark in the Big 12 to earn a 10-seed in the tournament.
Oklahoma is led by point guard Trae Young, one of the most electric players in college basketball. If he plays well – they can beat anyone. If not, they can lose to anyone.
You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 12:15 PM ET
TV Channel: CBS
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson
Opening Betting Line: Rhode Island by 1.5 via 5Dimes.
This is Rhode Island’s 10th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Rams also qualified last year.
Oklahoma will be making its 31st appearance. The Sooners have been in the field five of the past six years.
Prediction: Oklahoma has been a train wreck the past two months, and if it doesn’t get a virtuoso performance from Young, it’ll be the first team out of the tournament. Rhode Island by 10+.