The first game of the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 was an absolute thriller. In overtime, Rhode Island beat Oklahoma 83-78.
Rhode Island nearly had a dramatic win at the end of overtime. With the game tied at 69, Stanford Robinson had a tip-in at the buzzer off of a Jeff Dowtin miss.
The ball looked certain to fall. Instead, it rimmed out after a dramatic few moments, sending the game to overtime. Luckily for the Rams, they recovered to outscore the Sooners 14-9 in overtime.
Rhode Island fans can breathe easy after a crazy first game of the NCAA Tournament.
As with this college season as a whole, Trae Young was a major focus. The Oklahoma superstar gave us what we expect from him, for better and worse.
He finished the game with 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Young was 3-of-9 from three, and also dished out seven assists.
He was also loose with the ball at times. Young has the ball in his hands more than just about any player in the sport, and that leads to a lot of turnovers.
Rhode Island's stingy perimeter defense forced six from Young. As a team, Oklahoma had 14 in total.
The Rams had a much more balanced attack on the afternoon. Four players went for double-digits, led by E.C. Matthews, who scored 16. Forward Cyril Langevine notched a double-double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Guard Fatts Russell was also key off the bench for the Rams. He chipped in 15 points, and played some pretty strong defense on Young, notching two steals.
With the win, the Rams advance to play the Duke-Iona winner on Saturday. That game will tip off shortly.