Free March Madness Picks Today For First Round 2023: Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs Drake Bulldogs 3/17/23

Free March Madness Picks Today For First Round 2023: Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs Drake Bulldogs 3/17/23
Fri 17th March 2023

The No. 5 seed Miami (FL) Hurricanes (25-7, 16-6 ACC) take on the No. 12 seed Drake Bulldogs (27-7, 18-5 MVC) Friday at MVP Arena in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Drake blew out the Bradley Braves 77-51 at Enterprise Center on March 5 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Championship, their third win in a row. Tucker DeVries was a top performer with 22 points.

Miami (FL) dropped their last game in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney on Friday at Greensboro Coliseum, falling to the Duke Blue Devils 85-78. Isaiah Wong had 22 points in the losing effort, leading the team. DeVries is averaging 19.0 points per game to lead the Bulldogs in scoring this season.

Meanwhile, Darnell Brodie is grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game, and Roman Penn is dishing 5.4 assists.Wong and Jordan Miller have powered the Hurricanes’ offense, averaging 16.2 and 15.3 points per game, respectively. Wong also has recorded 3.4 assists per game. Norchad Omier has averaged 9.7 rebounds per game.

The Hurricanes rank as the nation’s eighth-best team in offensive efficiency, while the Bulldogs are 14th in defensive efficiency. In the last 10 games, Drake is 9-1 with an average margin of +14.2 (77.0-62.8).

Miami (FL) has an 8-2 record over the last 10, scoring 81.8 points per game on average while allowing 76.5 (+5.3 margin). The Hurricanes are averaging 79.4 ppg for the full season while allowing 72.1.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Rebounds per game:
Garrett Sturtz: 2.6 | 6.3 | -3.7
Assists per game:
Tucker DeVries: 1.2 | 1.8 | -0.6


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Wooga Poplar: 10.8 | 8.3 | +2.6
Nijel Pack: 9.0 | 12.3 | -3.3
Rebounds per game:
Jordan Miller: 8.0 | 6.2 | +1.8

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

Drake (+110)

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