- Associated Press - Saturday, March 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - No. 11 seed Rhode Island (25-9) vs. No. 3 seed Oregon (30-5)

Second round, Midwest region; Sacramento, California; 7:10 p.m.

BOTTOM LINE: Rhode Island pulled off one of the three No. 11 seed upsets over No. 6 seeds in its opener, beating Creighton 84-72. The Rams face a much bigger challenge against the Ducks, who rolled over Iona 93-77 despite playing their first game without injured forward Chris Boucher.

BOUCHER AT THE RIM: Oregon is a formidable shot-blocking team, ranking second nationally with 6.5 per game while breaking the Pac-12 single season record with 228. The Ducks were not as effective against Iona with Boucher out, swatting away two. Boucher still leads Oregon with 79 blocks.

RAMS’ RUN: Rhode Island made the most of its first NCAA trip in 18 years by pulling off the opening upset, so it’s a successful season no matter what happens Sunday. Rhode Island beat Kansas on its run to the Elite Eight in 1998 and would love another massive second-round upset.

BROOKS TIME: If the game is close at the end, watch Dillon Brooks. The Oregon guard makes big plays at big moments, including game-winning shots against California and UCLA this season.


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