Miami vs. Drake Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – NCAA Tournament Round First Round

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Miami vs. Drake Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – NCAA Tournament Round First Round

College Basketball Predictions

A first-round NCAA Tournament matchup will see the 12th-seeded Drake Bulldogs (27-7) take the court as 2.5-point underdogs against the No. 5 seed Miami Hurricanes (25-7) on Friday at MVP Arena. The contest tips off at 7:25 PM on TBS. Here’s what you need to know when filling out your brackets for this 5-12 matchup. The point total is 146 for the matchup.

Miami vs. Drake Odds

  • Miami odds to win: -142
  • Drake odds to win: +121
  • Spread: Miami (-2.5)
  • Total: 146

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Time: 7:25 PM ET
  • TV: TBS
  • Where: Albany, New York
  • Venue: MVP Arena

Who Will Win Miami vs. Drake?

Miami and Drake Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

When it has played as at least 2.5-point favorites this season, Miami is 11-11 against the spread.

In games it has played as at least a 2.5-point underdog this year, Drake is 2-2 against the spread.

The two teams average a combined 8.7 more points per game, 154.7, than this matchup’s over/under of 146 points.

Miami and Drake have seen their opponents average a combined 10 fewer points per game than the over/under of 146 set in this matchup.

Miami’s average point total in matchups this year is 151.5, 5.5 points higher than the total in this game.

The average point total for the Bulldogs this season is 6.8 points fewer than this game’s over/under.

The Hurricanes’ ATS record is 18-14-0 this season.

The Bulldogs are 16-16-1 ATS this season.

Miami Stats & Insights

Miami outscores opponents by 7.3 points per game (scoring 79.4 per game to rank 23rd in college basketball while allowing 72.1 per contest to rank 240th in college basketball) and has a +233 scoring differential overall.

Miami comes out on top in the rebound battle by an average of 2.8 boards. It is grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game (172nd in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 29.1 per contest.

The Hurricanes make 7.6 three-pointers per game (152nd in college basketball), while their opponents have made 7.6 on average.

Miami ranks 12th in college basketball by averaging 102.1 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is 218th in college basketball, allowing 92.8 points per 100 possessions.

Offensively, the Hurricanes have played better when playing at home this season, posting 83.4 points per game, compared to 75.2 per game in road games.

Drake Stats & Insights

Drake is outscoring opponents by 11.4 points per game, with a +388 scoring differential overall. It puts up 75.3 points per game (91st in college basketball) and gives up 63.9 per outing (33rd in college basketball).

Drake pulls down 33.5 rebounds per game (76th in college basketball) while allowing 29.6 per contest to opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 3.9 boards per game.

Drake connects on 8 three-pointers per game (104th in college basketball) at a 37.3% rate (32nd in college basketball), compared to the 6.7 per game its opponents make, at a 30.6% rate.

Drake scores 100.9 points per 100 possessions (21st in college basketball), while giving up 85.6 points per 100 possessions (43rd in college basketball).

At home the Bulldogs are putting up 80.3 points per game, 7.8 more than they are averaging on the road (72.5).

Miami Key Players to Watch

Isaiah Wong leads the Hurricanes in points and assists per game, scoring 16.2 points and distributing 3.4 assists.

Miami’s best rebounder is Norchad Omier, who averages 9.7 boards per game in addition to his 13.6 PPG average.

Nijel Pack leads the Hurricanes in three-point shooting, knocking down an average of 2.4 shots per game from beyond the arc.

The Miami steals leader is Wong, who averages 1.4 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Omier, who compiles 1.3 rejections per contest.

Drake Key Players to Watch

Tucker DeVries is at the top of the Bulldogs scoring leaderboard with 19 points per game. He also collects 5.6 rebounds and averages 1.8 assists per game.

Drake’s leader in rebounds is Darnell Brodie with 7.3 per game, and its leader in assists is Roman Penn with 5.4 per game.

DeVries averages 2.6 three-pointers per game, the most on the Bulldogs.

Drake’s leader in steals is DeVries (1.1 per game), and its leader in blocks is Brodie (one per game).

Miami vs. Drake Prediction

  • Pick ATS:

    Miami (-2.5)

  • Pick OU:

    Under (146)

  • Prediction:
    Miami 74, Drake 71

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Author: Andy Molitor

Andy has been involved in sports betting on and off his entire adult life and has been creating content surrounding it for the past five years. While the NFL is his first love, he also bets hundreds of college basketball games every winter and loves sweating golf DFS during the football offseason.