Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island odds: 2018 NCAA Tournament picks from Vegas legend on 16-8 roll

The 2018 NCAA Tournament tips off Thursday at 12:15 p.m. ET with a battle between No. 10 seed Oklahoma and No. 7 seed Rhode Island. The Rams are favored by two points, up one from the opening line. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 158, down 2.5 from the open.

In this huge NCAA Tournament battle between teams that have been up and down, you need to see what former Vegas bookmaker Micah Roberts has to say.

Roberts enters the NCAA Tournament on a blistering 16-8 run on his college basketball picks against the spread, and he has also nailed three of his past four when the game involves Rhode Island.

Part of his success: Roberts has worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for over 18 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos' book director. He can spot a bad line from a mile away.

Now, he has analyzed Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island from every possible angle and locked in his pick. He's sharing it only over at SportsLine.

Roberts has taken Oklahoma's terrible second half of the season into account. The Sooners were a complete disaster down the stretch, losing eight of their final 10 games. They dropped from a top-five team to a bubble squad in the process.

Star freshman guard Trae Young (27.4 points per game) was dominant early in the season, and while his numbers remained high, opponents figured out how to limit him, leading to the huge slide.

But after some extended time off, the Sooners have had time to go back to the drawing board for the NCAA Tournament and they'll undoubtedly have some new wrinkles for Rhode Island.

The Rams also struggled down the stretch, losing three of their final six games heading into March Madness. They'll look to get back on track by using their top-75 defense, which allows fewer than 70 points per game, to limit Young.

Offensively, Jared Terrell (17.2 ppg) and E.C. Matthews (13.1 ppg) are the catalysts for a team that averages 76.8 points.

Roberts is leaning under on the total, and when he evaluated these teams, he found an alarming trend that made him jump all over one side of the spread.

So which side of Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island should you back Thursday? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of Oklahoma-Rhode Island you should back, and what alarming trend you need to know about, all from a Vegas legend on a 16-8 run.

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