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March Madness Betting: Drake vs Washington State 03/21/2024

There are few times in the NCAA tournament when a lower seed is favored, but that is what we get when Drake faces Washington State. Drake is a 10th seed facing the 7th-seeded Washington State, opening up room for what could be the best college basketball bet today.

Drake did not finish with the best record in the Missouri Valley Conference but won the tournament, beating Indiana State 84-80 in the championship game. On the other hand, Washington State fell to Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament’s semifinals, losing 58-52.

March Madness Betting: Drake vs Washington State 03/21/2024
March Madness Betting: Drake vs Washington State 03/21/2024

 

Drake vs Washington State Game Information

  • Game: Drake (28-6) vs. Washington State (24-9)
  • Location: CHI Health Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
  • Day/Time: Thursday, March 21, 10:05 p.m. ET
  • Drake vs Washington State Live Stream: TBS.com

 

Surprisingly, college basketball spreads are onboard with Drake upsetting Washington State. Drake is one of the early predictions to have a potential Cinderella run in this year’s tournament and could be a great bet in the first round. The game is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 10:05 pm from CHI Health Center Omaha. You can watch it on truTV.

 

Drake vs Washington State Odds and Spreads

 

  • Drake is 5-0 ATS in their last five neutral site games.
  • Drake is 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
  • Drake is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win.
  • Washington State is 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral site games as an underdog.
  • The Under is 4-0-1 in Washington State’s last five neutral site games.
  • The Under is 8-1-2 in Washington State’s last 11 neutral site games as a favorite.
  • The Under is 7-1 in Washington State’s last eight games as an underdog.

 

 

Drake vs Washington State ATS Pick: Drake -1½

This could be one of the most challenging games for college basketball picks on Thursday, the first full day of the NCAA tournament. A big reason for that is the sportsbook setting Drake as a favorite despite being the lower seed.

The biggest reason for Drake becoming a favorite in March Madness odds is its offense. The Bulldogs are averaging 80.5 points per game. Shooting from behind the three-point line has played a significant role in their success, with the Bulldogs shooting 36.7% from three, the 33rd best in the nation. Tucker DeVries has become one of the most consistent scorers in the country, averaging 21.8 points per game. Furthermore, Drake has NCAA tournament experience, having been selected in two of the last three seasons.

Washington State could have the defense to slow down Drake. When facing Pac-12 opponents, the Cougars allowed the second-fewest points per game (70), finishing the regular season with the second-best record in the conference.

Drake’s offense must find a way to unlock Washington State’s strong defense to win this game and cover the spread. However, Drake will have some wiggle room to find their rhythm, given that the Cougars’ offense is not the best.

 

 

Drake vs Washington State Over/Under Pick: Over 138

If Drake is to win this game, its offense must be the focal point. That could help college basketball odds lean toward the over.

The issue is that Washington State doesn’t score a lot of points. Their offensive issues were on full display in the loss to Colorado, when they scored a season-low 52 points. However, Drake does not have a defense to force Washington State into a game like that, increasing the chances of this game hitting the over.

 

 

Drake vs Washington State Player Prop Pick: Tucker DeVries Over 20½ Points (-117)

 

Tucker DeVries has been one of the best offensive players in the nation all season. If Drake wants to advance to the next round of the NCAA tournament, DeVries will need a big game. He has consistently done that, especially in the Missouri Valley Conference final, where he scored 27 points to get the win.

 

Drake vs Washington State Prediction

Drake 73, Washington State 70

 

 

Questions Of The Day

 

Can Washington State avoid losing Drake, a lower seed?


Washington State will need to focus on defense to slow down Drake’s offense, with that being the best chance it has to avoid losing to a lower seed.

Does Drake have a chance to make a Cinderella run in the NCAA tournament and win the 2024 championship?


Drake does have an exciting offense and a star player in Tucker DeVries, which makes it a candidate to make a decent Cinderella run.

 

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