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Are the Sooners in a Bad ATS Spot?

While No. 10 VCU is considered by some to be a potential Cinderella team, the Rams are far from an unknown in the NCAA Tournament. VCU has been here before – they’re participating in their sixth consecutive tournament – and are a powerhouse in the Atlantic 10. Next up on the docket is a Round of 32 matchup with Buddy Hield and the Oklahoma Sooners.

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  • Oklahoma has only had one game go UNDER in round 2 since 2001.
  • Virginia Commonwealth is 12-3 SU and 13-2 ATS in its last 15 games with a closing total of 147.0 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of Oklahoma's last four games with a closing total of 147.0 or less.

The Sooners, who opened as 6.5-point favorites, have been a traditionally awful play in this spot. Oklahoma is 0-8 ATS in its last nine when favored by 6.5 points or more. The Sooners triumphed against California State in the first round but failed to cover the -14.5 spread.

Meanwhile, the Rams are a phenomenal underdog play when facing large spreads. VCU is 8-0 ATS in its previous eight when labeled as dogs of 6.5 points or more.

Ten seeds have been very profitable against two seeds in recent years. Teams seeded No. 2 have gone just 1-4 ATS in the last five times that’s happened.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs Oklahoma Sooners Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oklahoma Sooners are 26-7 so far on the season, and 12-19 ATS vs the number. The Virginia Commonwealth Rams, meanwhile, are 25-10 and 21-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma go 14-17 and the Virginia Commonwealth Rams go 15-16-1 on betting totals.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 91 (Oklahoma) and the No. 10 (Virginia Commonwealth) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Oklahoma's No. 19-ranked scoring average of 80.45 PPG, against a Virginia Commonwealth Rams defense rated No. 53 and allowing 67.29 PPG. The Oklahoma Sooners FG% has averaged 45.97% to date this season, more than the Virginia Commonwealth Rams shooters have managed so far (45.12% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rams grabbed a 75-67 win over the Beavers on Friday, behind a 21-point effort from JeQuan Lewis at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Oklahoma got 27 points from Buddy Hield en route to a 82-68 victory over CS Bakersfield on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.