Miami basketball versus Drake NCAA Tournament: Game info, odds, live stream, TV
The Miami basketball team will begin NCAA Tournament play on Friday at 7:25 ET on TBS versus Drake. Reports on Friday emerged that forward Norhcad Omier is progressing from his ankle injury and trending toward playing versus Drake. Omier missed all but 1:06 in the ACC semifinal versus Duke after suffering a sprained ankle.
Friday night will be the first-ever meeting between Drake and Miami. In its only game versus a Power Conference team this season Drake defeated Mississippi State 58-52 in Lincoln, Nebraska on December 20. That game was played at a much slower pace than the 75.3 points per game that Drake averages this season.
If Omier can’t play or has limited minutes, Anthony Walker is expected to get the start or at the very least see a significant increase in playing time. Omier is averaging 13.6 PPG, 9.7 RPG and shoots 59.1 percent from the floor. Walker averages 10.3 minutes per game, 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds.
Miami will need contributions from freshman A.J. Casey and Walker versus Drake. The Hurricanes will also need a team effort on the boards. Expect fifth-year senior Jordan Miller to contribute more to the rebounding than is usually needed from him. Darnell Brodie at 6’10, 275 pounds leads Drake averaging 7.3 rebounds per game.
Miami basketball versus Drake
GAME 33 | MARCH 17, 2023 • 7:25 P.M. ET • ALBANY, N.Y.
RV/–  Drake Bulldogs (27-7, 15-5 MVC)
Head Coach: Darian DeVries (Northern Iowa, 1998)
Record at DU: 122-47 (fifth season), Career Record: 122-47 (fifth season)
#16/15  Miami Hurricanes (25-7, 15-5 ACC)
Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (Providence, 1971)
Record at UM: 251-148 (12th season), Career Record: 721-482 (39th season)
All-Time: 0-0 (0-0 since rebirth) | Home: 0-0 | Away: 0-0 | Neutral: 0-0 | Coach L: 0-0 (0-0 at UM) Streak: n/a | Last Meeting: n/a | First Meeting: n/a
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The game between Drake and Miami features a matchup between a pair of conference players of the year. Tucker DeVries was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Isaiah Wong was named the Atlantic Coach Conference Player of the Year for the Miami basketball team.
Drake versus Miami FanDuel odds
Spread: Drake +1.5 (-102) Miami +1.5 (-120) Total: 146.5 Over (-105), Under (-115) Moneyline: Drake +110 Miami -132
FanDuel has a plethora of prop bets not usually posted during the regular season. Selected players’ assist, point, rebound and three-point totals plus winning margin bands, the first half point spread and score plus if the game will go to overtime. Only the Super Bowl has more money wagered on it than the NCAA Tournament.
Drake is 16-16-1 versus the point spread this season and Miami is 18-14-0. The Bulldogs have been trending in the right way versus the point spread with covers in four of its last five games. Miami has covered only once in its last five games. A neutral site game, not on the road, but Miami is 10-5 ATS on the road this season.
Drake is 9-9-1 versus the spread on the road this season. NCAA Tournament games are traditionally played at a more deliberate pace. Drake games have gone over 15 times this season and under 18. Miami has had the over come in 14 times, over 17 times and one time pushed.