First Four Picks & Odds: Drake vs. Wichita State Predictions

Brandon Hurley is back with his pick for this March Madness clash
Brandon Hurley
Thu, March 18, 7:43 AM EDT

NCAA Tournament Picks

Drake Bulldogs vs. Wichita State Shockers

Drake is ranked 19th on offense and 120th on defense, per KenPom. Wichita State is ranked 56th on offense and 103rd on defense. Drake holds some major statistical advantages in this game. First advantage is rebounding. Drake ranks 63rd in defensive rebounding and 65th in offensive rebounding. Wichita State ranks almost dead last in defensive rebounding ranking 333rd. Drake also holds a major advantage on offense. The Bulldogs are 30th in effective FG%, while the Shockers rank 278th in this category. This high ranking is lead by the Bulldogs 53rd 3 point shooting % ranking and their 29th 2 point shooting % ranking. Lastly, Drake holds a slight advantage at the Free Throw line which is huge in tight games. The Bulldogs rank 176th in free throw % while the Shockers rank 217th

Drake has been a surprise team out of the MVC this year and a cover machine. They lost a few tough games down the stretch. This was without their best player Shanquan Hemphill. Hemphill is cleared to play in this game coming off a broken foot. Hemphill will add a nice spark to an already good Drake Bulldog team and lead them to a win and cover.

The Pick: Drake -1.5 @ -110

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