College Basketball Matchup at a Glance
- Where: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
- Date & Time: March 19, 2017 at 7:10 PM EST
- Point Spread: Oregon -5 (GTBets)
- Total: 139.5 (GTBets)
- Quick Pick: Bet Oregon Ducks for 2 Units (Earl)
The 3 seed Oregon Ducks will meet up with the 11 seed Rhode Island in a Round of 32 Showdown on Sunday afternoon in the midwest bracket. The game will take place in Sacramento, California, so expect Oregon to have a much stronger fan base travel to the game than Rhode Island, who are on the opposite side of the country.
Ducks Well Rounded And Deeper Than Most Think
The Oregon Ducks are one of the most underrated and overlooked teams in the Big Dance! In the first round, they defeated Iona by the score of 93-77.
The Ducks are now 30-5 SU and 20-14 ATS. They have won 9 out of the last 10 SU and went 6-4 ATS. The Ducks have the 48th ranked offense in the NCAA averaging 79 points per game. They also have a very good defense that plays tough with size and only allows their opponents to score an average of 65 points per game, which ranked 33rd in the NCAA.
Rhode Island Are One Of The Hottest Team In The Big Dance
Coming into the tournament, Rhode Island is one of the hottest teams in the nation. They have won 9 in a row SU and 7 out of 9 ATS. In their last 5 games, they have won by an average of 11.4 points.
The Rams advanced to the round of 32 by upsetting the Creighton Blue Jays by the score of 84-72. Many people are calling this an upset but reality is Creighton was missing Maurice Watson and they simply are not the same team without him.
The Rams have 3 players averaging double digit scoring. E.C. Matthews is averaging 14.9 points per game, Hassan Martin is averaging 14.1 points per game and Jared Terrell is averaging 12.9 points per game. As a team, they are averaging 73.4 points per game and shooting just over 45% from the field.
Ducks Ends Rams Streak
The Oregon Ducks are legit folks and they are a much tougher team to plan against than Creighton! Many people, including myself, wrote the Ducks off when Chris Boucher went down, but they are starting to mend together and get help from everyone on the team to make up for the loss of their star big man. I am looking for a big game from the Ducks and a double digit victory.
- Pick: Oregon Ducks for 2 Units.