Albany Vs Oklahoma NCAA Tourney Betting Line, Free ATS Pick & How To WatchNoah Williams
The third-seeded Oklahoma Sooners are hoping that the third time is a charm, as in preventing a third straight upset of a No. 3-seeded Big 12 team in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship when they face the 14th-seeded and 12.5-point underdog Albany Great Danes.
The Great Danes are hoping that a two spot bump in the seeding will help their hopes of March Madness glory. In last year’s NCAA tourney, Albany gave the then No. 1 seed Florida Gators a worrisome run until finally relinquishing a 12-point defeat
Oklahoma finished second in the Big 12 conference, and notched big wins against the Kansas Jayhawks, Butler Bulldogs, Texas Longhorns, and also bested the arguably challenging UCLA Bruins.
Albany Great Danes V Oklahoma Sooners NCAA Tourney Betting Line, Free ATS Pick & How To Watch
Matchup: (14) Albany Great Danes vs (3) Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Mar. 20, 2015
Start Time: 7:27 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Nationwide Arena
TV Info: truTV
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Albany Vs Oklahoma
Point Spread: Sooners -12.5
Game Total: N/A
Albany Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:
- G Peter Hooley, 6-4, Jr., 13.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
- G Evan Singletary, 6-1, Jr., 13.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg
- G/F Ray Sanders, 6-4, Jr., 9.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg
- F Sam Rowley, 6-6, Sr., 14.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg
- C Richard Peters, 6-11, So., 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg
- Coach: Will Brown (14th season)
Oklahoma Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:
- G Jordan Woodard, 6-0, So., 9.0 ppg, 4.1 apg
- G Buddy Hield, 6-4, Jr., 17.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg
- G Isaiah Cousins, 6-4, Jr., 12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg
- F Ryan Spangler, 6-8, Jr., 10.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg
- F TaShawn Thomas, 6-8, Sr., 11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg
- Coach: Lon Kruger (fourth season)
Albany won the America East tournament title for the third straight year, after beating Stony Brook with a last second three-point shot. The Great Danes posted a 24-8 record this season, but 0-5 against the spread and lost the only game they played against a team that made the 2015 March Madness selection (64-60 vs. Providence).
Albany average 65.8 points per game (218th), 10.4 assists per game (312th), shooting 44.0% from the field (139th), led by senior forward Sam Rowley (14.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.8 APG) and junior guard Peter Hooley (13.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.3 APG). The team’s defense allows 60.2 PPG (34th) and grabs 33.6 rebounds per game (208th).
“They’re not real tall on the inside,” OU coach Lon Kruger said of the Great Danes, “but they’re very physical and very stout.”
Oklahoma lost in the Big 12 tournament semifinals 67-65 against Iowa State and closed the season with two wins and two losses before the tournament. They finished the season with a 22-10 record, 15-15 against the spread and 10-6 against teams that made it to March Madness 2015.
Junior guard Buddy Hield (17.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.8 APG) and junior guard Isaiah Cousins (12.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.2 APG) lead the team in scoring as the Sooners average 71.9 points per game (65th), 12.5 assists per game (182nd), shooting 43.6% from the field (167th). Their defense permits 62.8 PPG (80th) and gets 38.1 rebounds per game (23rd).
“They’re real solid defensively,” Kruger added about their opponent. “They really execute things offensively. They’ll run the clock if they need to. They have three guys in double-digit shooting.”
The Great Danes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games, but 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Sooners 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite, and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.