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The No. 9-seed Oklahoma Sooners square off against the No. 8-seed Ole Miss Rebels on Friday in the first round of the 2019 ​NCAA Tournament. This has all the makings of an exciting contest, as ​FanDuel Sportsbook lists the Rebels as ​1.5-point favorites over the Sooners. 

If you're thinking about placing a wager on this first-round matchup, you might want to check out what a few industry experts are saying first. 

Oklahoma vs Ole Miss Expert Predictions 

CollegeFootballNews ​

Pete Fiutak, of CollegeFootballNews, is rolling with the Rebels here, predicting a final score of 74-69. Fiutak mentions that Ole Miss stumbled down the stretch, but that he thinks the team's elite free-throw shooting and ball movement could give the Rebels the edge. 

Sports Chat Place

On the other hand, Sports Chat Place is taking the Sooners plus two points, mentioning that Oklahoma could pull out an upset win. The staff at Sports Chat Place thinks the Rebels' leaky defense could come back to haunt them in this matchup, especially if the Sooners are able to dominate the glass.


Dan Schalk, of MyFantasySportsTalk, is taking the Rebels to win here, predicting a 62-60 finish. Schalk thinks the Rebels' forward Bruce Stevens can keep the Sooners off of the glass and lead Ole Miss to victory. Stevens is shooting 51.5 percent from the floor this season, so he could also do some damage on offense.

ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor 

ESPN is picking Oklahoma here, giving the Sooners a 53.0 percent chance at pulling off the first-round upset. 

All in all, we've got a pretty even split here. Two experts are taking the Rebels to win and cover, but ESPN is taking Oklahoma to win outright and Sports Chat Place is going with the Sooners plus a couple of points. 

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