NCAA Tournament March Madness Picks & Odds: USC vs. Drake Predictions

NCAA Tournament handicapper Brandon Hurley is back with his expert pick for USC vs. Drake
Brandon Hurley
Sat, March 20, 6:38 AM EDT

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USC vs. Drake

USC is ranked 28th on offense and 15th on defense, per KenPom. Drake is ranked 30th on offense and 99th on defense. Drake is coming into this contest off a narrow win in a first four game against Wichita State. They won but their offense only managed to score 53 points. It’s not going to get any easier with this long and phenomenal Trojan defense. USC is ranked 2nd in 2 point defense and 11th in Defense Effective FG %. This is a huge problem for a Drake team that relies on the 2 point shot and drive. They rank 40th in 2 point shooting %. USC can also rack up the points. They love to pound the ball inside to their bigs. They rank 80th in 2 point shooting % while Drake ranks 155th defending the 2. Surrounding their bigs is a bunch of shooters. The Trojans rank 121st in 3 point shooting %.

Drake is going to have issues generating offense and grabbing rebounds in this game. USC is 2nd in the country in average height while Drake ranks 292nd in this category. Also, Drake’s best player Shanquan Hemphill only played 10 minutes last game. You can’t expect him to be much of a factor at this point coming off his broken foot. I expect a huge game from Top NBA prospect big man Evan Mobley for the Trojans. Look for USC to control the boards and the paint all day in this contest. Lay the -6 with USC. Best of Luck!

The Pick: USC -6 @ -110

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NCAA Tournament Expert Picks

USC -6 @ -110 (Click To Bet)

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