Oregon (30-5) vs. Rhode Island (25-9) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Oregon vs. Rhode Island Oregon fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Sunday, March 19
Game Time: 7:45 ET
Venue: Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, OK
All You Really Need To Know About Oregon
Injuries and any other concerns didn’t seem to matter a bit in the 93-77 first round blasting of Iona. Dillon Brooks did his part with 18 points, but it was Tyler Dorsey who dominated with 24 hitting 9-of-13 from the field. The Ducks did what they do, dominating the boards by a 41-27 margin and hitting 56% of their shots.
Oregon is amazing at blocking shots, ranking second in the country with 6.5 per game, and getting seven in the tourney opener even without injured Chris Boucher. There aren’t a ton of mistakes, with the suffocating brand of defense leading to easy shots on the other end.
All You Really Need To Know About Rhode Island
Rhode Island only hit 4-of-21 from three in the 84-72 win over Creighton in the first round, but they were uncharacteristically awesome on the free throw line – hitting 28-of-31 tries – and only turned it over eight times. Balanced, five different Rams scored in double digits.
The Rams don’t hit threes and they don’t hit their free throws, but they, like Oregon, come up with plenty of blocked shots – ranking fourth in the nation – and crush teams defensively. The offense doesn’t have the firepower of Oregon, but the defense normally makes up for it.
What’s Going To Happen
The lack of scoring punch from the Rhode Island bench is going to be a problem. It can play just enough defense to keep this from getting out of hand, but Oregon is better inside and out offensively. The Duck D is going to be just fine again, even without Boucher.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Oregon 80, Rhode Island 71
Line: Oregon -5.5, 0/u: 143
ATS Confidence: 3
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