No. 10 Oklahoma And No. 7 Rhode Island Kick Off March Madness With Overtime Thriller

Bryan Brandom
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Boy, March Madness 2018 escalated quickly.

Unfortunately for the organizers of the event, who so desperately wanted Oklahoma Sooners star Trae Young in the NCAA tournament that they placed his squad in over more qualified at-large schools, his presence won’t extend to a second game.

Fortunately for everyone who loves the tourney, however, his presence did last five minutes longer than your typical game, as the No. 10 Sooners and the No. 7 Rhode Island Rams engaged in an overtime thriller in March Madness’ opening game (if you’re not counting the First Four, and we’re not, because screw that).

Rhode Island provided the first collective gasp of the tournament, when Stanford Robinson’s potential game-winning putback just barely rimmed out as regulation expired.

In the last two minutes of overtime, Young got taken twice for huge Rams scoring plays.

Setting up this dagger from E.C. Matthews.

Despite the early exit by a score of 83-78, Young, a projected lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft, got his, posting game-highs of 28 points and seven assists.