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Path To Final Four About To Get A Lot Tougher For Oregon

An Oregon win was never in doubt in a first-round matchup against Iona. Life will get a whole lot more challenging for the Ducks on Sunday when they take on the Rhode Island Rams, a team with the size, athleticism and confidence to keep up with Oregon. The Rams enter this game riding a nine-game winning streak, with eight of those coming against teams with winning records.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oregon's last 8 games.
  • Rhode Island is 6-16 ATS in its last 22 games as underdog.
  • Oregon is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games as a favorite of 5.0 or less.

The Ducks are learning to live without Chris Boucher and they did a good job against Iona, with four players scoring 16 or more points. Blocks were down, to be expected without the 6’10” Canadian in the lineup, but Jordan Bell handled the paint well himself with 12 rebounds and two blocks. Tyler Dorsey continued his offensive tear and extended his streak of games with 20-plus points to four against Iona.

The path through the Round of 64 wasn’t as easy for Rhode Island but it was clear the Rams were the better team when they faced Creighton. The Rams won their first tournament game since 1998 in a balanced effort against the Bluejays that saw five Rhode Island players score 12 or more points. Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley should have a small leg up in this one, as his brother Bobby is the head coach of Arizona State, who played Oregon twice this season in the Pac-12.

Rhode Island Rams vs Oregon Ducks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Oregon Ducks are 30-5 overall and 20-13-1 ATS, while the Rhode Island Rams are 25-9 and 19-14 ATS. As for the betting totals, Oregon boasts a 17-17 on the OU, and Rhode Island is 17-15-1.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 9-ranked Oregon Ducks and the No. 41-rated Rhode Island Rams in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Rhode Island Rams rank No. 70 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 37.41 per game. That compares with Oregon’s No. 103 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Oregon is college basketball's No. 64-ranked team at 8.6 per game, while the Rhode Island Rams rate No. 218 with 6.21 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rams got 23 points from Jeff Dowtin as Rhode Island ran past Creighton 84-72 on Friday at Golden 1 Center.

The Ducks got 24 points from Tyler Dorsey as Oregon ran past Iona 93-77 on Friday at Golden 1 Center.

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