Can Rhode Island cover against Oregon? NCAA Predictions 3/19/17

Andrew Cummings
March 20, 2017

Led by coach Dana Altman and All-American candidate Dillon Brooks, the Ducks are 31-5 and have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Robinson scored for the Rams before Dorsey made a three-pointer and Ennis hit a free throw to put the Ducks ahead 18-10. Freshman Cyril Langevine added another nine off the bench in a game where star forward Hassan Martin got into foul trouble early and didn't score.

Langevine scored inside before Bell scored to put OR up 30-22. Dorsey followed with three free throws as OR went up 28-20.


Both teams came in with an impressive win on Friday. It had four starters with 16 or more points. Rhode Island is on the other end of the "value" equation.

One would think OR would be ahead after winning the first-half rebounding battle 18-13, but Rhode Island took a 46-38 advantage into the half.

Rhode Island closed the first half on a 14-2 run to take a 46-38 lead at halftime.


Before Rhode Island fell to OR and the bench was reduced to the tears we so often see when a March run comes to a devastating close, they were having fun.

Around the two-minute mark, OR managed to erase a four-point deficit on one possession, as Dylan Ennis made one of two free throws, Jordan Bell grabbed an offensive rebound, Brooks missed a three, Bell grabbed another rebound and, finally Dorsey hit the first of his two huge late threes to tie the game.

OR advances to take on a red-hot shooting team in the form of seventh-seeded MI, which turned it on late and upset second-seeded Louisville on Sunday, 73-69.


Oregon's victory was reminiscent of its second-round NCAA tournament win a year ago when the Ducks rallied from a late seven-point deficit to edge St. Joseph's.

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