Miami vs Drake Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, March 17, 2023

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A first-round NCAA Tournament matchup will see the 12th-seeded Drake Bulldogs (27-7) hit the court against the No. 5 seed Miami Hurricanes (25-7) on Friday at MVP Arena. The contest tips off at 7:25 PM.

Friday’s matchup between the Hurricanes and the Bulldogs features the Hurricanes as 2.5-point favorites. The matchup’s over/under is 146.

Miami vs. Drake Odds

Point Spread for Miami vs. Drake

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Miami as the favorite.

Miami vs. Drake Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Miami has -142 odds to pick up the win, while Drake is listed at +121 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 146 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:25 PM ET
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Location: Albany, New York
  • Arena: MVP Arena

Miami vs. Drake Betting Trends

Miami is 18-14-0 against the spread this year. The Hurricanes have won in 20, or 87%, of the 23 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Miami’s games this year have gone over the total in 14 out of 33 opportunities (42.4%).

Drake is 16-16-1 against the spread this season. The Bulldogs have won 40% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (2-3). Drake’s games this season have hit the over on 15 of 33 set point totals (45.5%).

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Miami vs. Drake Key Players to Watch

Miami

Norchad Omier averages a team-high 9.7 rebounds per contest. He is also averaging 13.6 points and 1.3 assists, shooting 59.1% from the field. Jordan Miller is posting 15.3 points, 2.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game. Nijel Pack posts 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, shooting 43.5% from the field and 39.4% from downtown with 2.4 made 3-pointers per contest.

Drake

Tucker DeVries tops the Bulldogs in scoring (19.0 points per game), and posts 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He also averages 1.1 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Roman Penn is the Bulldogs’ top assist man (5.4 per game), and he contributes 12.6 points and 4.6 rebounds. The Bulldogs receive 9.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game from Garrett Sturtz. Darnell Brodie is averaging a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game. And he is contributing 8.8 points and 1.1 assists, making 53.1% of his shots from the floor.

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What you need to know about the Miami Hurricanes

The Hurricanes are ceding 72.1 points per game this year (240th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really played well on offense, scoring 79.4 points per contest (23rd-best). With 31.9 boards per game, Miami is 172nd in college basketball. It surrenders 29.1 rebounds per contest, which ranks 62nd in college basketball.

Miami ranks 152nd in college basketball with 7.6 three-pointers per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 47th with a 36.8% shooting percentage from downtown. With 7.6 threes conceded per game, the Hurricanes rank 230th in the country. They are giving up a 33.6% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 168th in college basketball.

The Hurricanes have a 5-5 record against the spread while finishing 8-2 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Miami has gone over the total five times. Miami has been putting up 81.8 points per game in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly higher than the 79.4 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Miami has been slightly suspect on the defensive end of the floor of late, giving up 76.5 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 72.1 it has surrendered this year.

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What you need to know about the Drake Bulldogs

The Bulldogs score 75.3 points per game and allow 63.9, ranking them 91st in the country on offense and 33rd defensively. In 2022-23, Drake is 76th in the country in rebounds (33.5 per game) and 88th in rebounds allowed (29.6).

Drake is 104th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (8.0 per game) and 32nd in 3-point percentage (37.3%). In 2022-23, the Bulldogs are 111th in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (6.7 per game) and 27th in defensive 3-point percentage (30.6%).

The Bulldogs are 8-2 against the spread and 9-1 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Drake has gone over the total four times. Drake is posting 77.0 points per game in its previous 10 games, which is 1.7 more than its average for the season (75.3). The Bulldogs have performed better defensively in their last 10 games, surrendering 62.8 points per contest, 1.1 fewer points than their season average of 63.9 allowed.

Miami vs. Drake Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is Miami, and we project that Miami will cover the spread (Miami -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 146 points.

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How to bet Miami vs. Drake

You can bet on Miami vs. Drake at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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