Drake vs. Washington State: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 21, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

On Thursday at CHI Health Center Omaha in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Drake Bulldogs (28-6) will meet the Washington State Cougars (24-9) — with Tucker DeVries and Isaac Jones as the players to watch — tipping off at 10:05 PM ET. The Bulldogs are currently slim 1-point favorites against the Cougars. The over/under is 138.5 points for the matchup.

Drake vs. Washington State Betting Lines

Drake vs Washington State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Drake -1 138.5 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Washington State (+1)
Total Pick Over (138.5)

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Drake vs. Washington State Stat Rankings

Drake Avg. (Rank) Washington State Avg. (Rank)
80.5 (32nd) Points Scored 74.3 (155th)
70.5 (128th) Points Allowed 66.9 (44th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
7.2 (307th) Off. Rebounds 10.4 (64th)
8.7 (57th) 3pt Made 6.4 (277th)
15.9 (32nd) Assists 12.5 (224th)
8.8 (15th) Turnovers 10.2 (87th)

Drake vs. Washington State Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, the Bulldogs are 18-15-0 this season.
  • As 1-point favorites or more, Drake is 15-14 against the spread.
  • There have been 17 Bulldogs games (out of 33) that hit the over this year.
  • A total of 26 times so far this season, Drake and its opponent have combined to score more than 138.5 points.
  • The total for this game is 138.5, and that’s 12.5 points fewer than the average total in Bulldogs games thus far this season.
  • Washington State is 17-15-1 against the spread this year.
  • The Cougars have an ATS record of 6-3-1 as 1-point underdogs or greater.
  • Out of 33 Drake’s games so far this year, 17 have gone over the total.
  • Cougars games have had over 138.5 points 19 times this season.
  • The average total points scored in Washington State’s games this year (138.5) is 2.7 points higher than the total for this matchup.

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Drake Impact Players

  • DeVries leads the Bulldogs with 21.8 points per game (sixth in the country) and 3.6 assists, while also averaging 6.8 rebounds.
  • Darnell Brodie leads the Bulldogs at 7.9 rebounds per contest, while also averaging 1.9 assists and 11.3 points.
  • Atin Wright puts up 13.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. At the other end, he averages 1.1 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
  • Kevin Overton posts 11.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest. Defensively, he delivers 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.
  • Conor Enright puts up 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest, shooting 45.2% from the field and 44.3% from beyond the arc with 1.3 made 3-pointers per contest.

Washington State Impact Players

  • Jones is the Cougars’ top scorer (15.4 points per game) and rebounder (7.4), and produces 1.5 assists.
  • Myles Rice is averaging a team-high 3.9 assists per contest. He’s also delivering 15.1 points and 3.2 rebounds, making 44.0% of his shots from the field, and 27.2% from 3-point range resulting in 1.0 treys per contest.
  • The Cougars receive 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from Andrej Jakimovski.
  • Jaylen Wells is averaging 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, making 43.0% of his shots from the field and 42.5% from 3-point range, with 2.0 triples per contest.
  • Oscar Cluff gives the Cougars 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. He also posts 0.5 steals and 0.9 blocked shots.

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