NCAA Tournament First Round Picks 03/17/23

A fun 5v12 matchup is scheduled for Friday night in the Midwest Region first round. Drake, the Missouri Valley Conference champ, will try to upset ACC regular-season champion Miami Hurricanes. The winner of this tournament receives the winner of #4 Indiana vs. #13 Kent State. Below are our picks for the NCAA tournament first round matchup between Drake and Miami.

Drake vs Miami betting tip

This match will be played at MVP Arena on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:25 PM ET.

Why bet on Miami:

✅ Miami has gone 9-2 in their last 11 games of the regular season.

✅ The Hurricanes have been up 6-0 against Quad Two opponents in their last six games.

✅ Drake only had two chances against Miami-level teams and they went 1-1.

Drake Bulldogs – A dangerous 12 seed

Drake made easy work of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as they won all three games by 12+ points, ending their great regular season on the right foot.

Since February 1stStDrake is the 24thth best team in the nation and are 10-1 in their 11 games over that span. The Bulldogs are 32ndnd best offense and 42nd best defensive team in the same period.

Drake is back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2021 and only the sixth time in her school’s history. The Bulldogs won a first-four game in their last appearance.

Miami Hurricanes – An even more dangerous 5 seed

Miami failed to earn the ACC double as they lost to eventual champion Duke in the semifinals of the conference tournament. It’s still been a great regular season for the Hurricanes and they may do some damage this month.

Over the past six weeks, Miami has ranked 39thth best team in the nation and are 8-2 in their 10 games during this period. The hurricanes are the 10th best offensive team, but are 144th defensively in the same period.

Miami is back in the NCAA tournament for the second straight season and will look to repeat its run to last season’s Elite Eight. NCAA Tournament First Round Picks 03/17/23

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