Trae Young, No. 10 Oklahoma eliminated by Fatts Russell, No. 7 Rhode Island
The NCAA Tournament Round of 64 kicked off with a marquee player losing in an overtime decision.
No. 7 Rhode Island advanced in the Midwest Region by defeating No. 10 Oklahoma 83-78 in overtime in Thursday’s first game of the tournament, despite Sooners guard Trae Young leading all scorers with 28 points.
Young led the NCAA in both points (27.4) and assists (8.8) per game, but many felt Oklahoma (18-14) only qualified for the tournament with one of the final at-large bids because Young became a household name for his big performances last winter.
The Rams (26-7) advanced and introduced the nation to one of their bench players, Fatts Russell, a 5-foot-10 freshman guard from Philadelphia who scored 15 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers.
E.C Matthews led Rhode Island with 16 points, Cyril Langevine had 15 (also off the bench) and Jared Terrell added 13, including this ridiculous 35-foot 3-pointer:
35-footer for Rhode Island! 👀 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/o9RlV0J2U8 Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) March 15, 2018
Young went 9-for-18, scored 18 points in the second half and added a game-high seven assists. But the Sooners only shot 20 percent (4-for-20) from 3-point range. For those who doubted Oklahoma belonged in the tournament, including analyst Dick Vitale, they can be happy the Sooners were knocked out as quickly as possible.