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.
Rhode Island’s Stanford Robinson just misses the putback, off the Jeff Dowtin miss, to win the First Round game, at the end of regulation, for the Rams over Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/gCsppJok4i
— 🏀NCAAHoops24/7 (@NCAAHoops247) March 15, 2018
In the last two minutes of overtime, Young got taken twice for huge Rams scoring plays.
Starting With A Bang!
7 seed Rhode Island hangs on to beat 10 seed Oklahoma 83-78 in overtime!
E.C. Matthews: 16 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
Trae Young: 28 PTS, 5 REB, 7 ASTpic.twitter.com/u5haZGd7D6
— CollegeBB News (@CollegeBBNCAA) March 15, 2018
trae young got shoooook pic.twitter.com/rpxqXTgDOJ
— trey (@treyzingis) March 15, 2018
Setting up this dagger from E.C. Matthews.
— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) March 15, 2018
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.