Miami vs Drake Prediction March Madness Picks Experts, 03/17

Miami vs Drake Prediction March Madness Picks Experts, 03/17

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As the NCAA Tournament kicks off, the first-round matchup between the Miami Hurricanes and the Drake Bulldogs is sure to be a close one. With Miami favored by just two points, the experts at KingPin.pro are breaking down the teams and offering their picks for the game.

 

Miami Hurricanes

The Miami Hurricanes had a solid season finishing with a 25-7 record and going 15-5 in ACC play. Miami Hurricanes started the season by winning their first five games, including a 70-55 victory over then-ranked No. 24 Purdue. They also had a strong record in non-conference play, going 10-2.

Miami is a solid rebounding team, averaging 31.9 rebounds per game and ranking seventh in the ACC in that category. Norchad Omier, a freshman center, has been a standout player for the Hurricanes, averaging 9.7 rebounds per game. He is also second on the team in scoring, averaging 9.4 points per game.

Isaiah Wong, a sophomore guard, has also been a key player for Miami, averaging 16.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Wong has been consistent throughout the season, scoring double digits in all but three games. He also had a season-high of 30 points in a win against Louisville.

In their last 10 games, the Hurricanes have gone 8-2 and have averaged 81.8 points per game while allowing their opponents to score an average of 76.5 points per game. Miami ended the regular season with a victory against Boston College, and then went on to beat Pittsburgh in the first round of the ACC Tournament. They eventually lost to Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

 

Providence Friars

The Drake Bulldogs had an impressive season, finishing with a 27-7 record and going 15-5 in MVC play. Drake had a strong start to the season, winning their first 18 games, including victories over Kansas State and Loyola Chicago.

The Bulldogs have been strong on defense, averaging 26.2 defensive rebounds per game and ranking first in the MVC in that category. Darnell Brodie, a junior forward, has been a standout player for the Bulldogs, averaging 5.1 rebounds per game.

Tucker DeVries, a freshman guard, has been a key player on offense for Drake, shooting 38.7% from beyond the arc and averaging 19 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. DeVries has been consistent throughout the season, scoring double digits in all but three games. He also had a season-high of 31 points in a win against Illinois State.

Roman Penn, a junior guard, has also been a strong performer for the Bulldogs, shooting 51.6% from the field and averaging 15.8 points per game over the last 10 games. Penn missed several games earlier in the season due to injury, but has been back in the lineup for the last 11 games.

In their last 10 games, the Bulldogs have gone 9-1 and have averaged 77.0 points per game while holding their opponents to just 62.8 points per game. Drake ended the regular season with a victory against Bradley, and then went on to beat Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament. They eventually lost to Loyola Chicago in the semifinals of the tournament.

 

Betting Trends

According to KingPin.pro, the betting trends for this game are fairly even. Miami has covered the spread in 16 of their 32 games this season, while Drake has covered in 19 of their 34 games. The total has gone over in 18 of Miami's games and in 16 of Drake's games.

 

Public Betting Data

The public betting data is also fairly even for this game, with 52% of bets going towards Miami and 48% going towards Drake.

 

Prediction

Despite Miami being favored by two points, the experts at KingPin.pro are predicting that Drake will make the upset and win the game outright. While Miami has had a solid season, they've been inconsistent at times and have struggled against strong defensive teams. Drake, on the other hand, has been playing strong defense and has been solid on the offensive end as well. With strong performances from Tucker DeVries and Roman Penn, the Bulldogs could pull off the upset.

 

PICK: Drake +2 (-110)

 

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