March Madness: Drake vs. Wichita State odds, picks and prediction

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March Madness: Drake vs. Wichita State odds, picks and prediction

March Madness: Drake vs. Wichita State odds, picks and prediction

March Madness: Drake vs. Wichita State odds, picks and prediction Johnny Parlay | Sportsbook Wire The Drake Bulldogs (25-4) battle the Wichita State Shockers (16-5) in a First Four NCAA Tournament showdown between 11 seeds in the West Region Thursday. Tip-off is set for 6:27 p.m. ET at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., and will be aired on TBS. Below, we analyze the Drake-Wichita State odds and lines, with March Madness NCAA Tournament picks and predictions Drake finished second behind Loyola-Chicago in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 15-3 conference record. Wichita State was the American Athletic Conference regular-season champ at 11-2 but was upset in the AAC semifinals by Cincinnati 60-59. Drake won its first 18 games before losing to Valparaiso Feb. 7. Then the Bulldogs were dealt two huge body blows. Senior F ShanQuan Hemphill, the team's leading scorer, and junior PG Roman Penn suffered the same season-ending injury, a broken foot, within 12 days of each other. Hemphill averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game with 6.3 RPG. Penn led the 'Dogs in assists (5.5 APG) and steals (1.4 SPG) and also scored 11.2 PPG. With the duo out, sophomore G Joseph Yesufu picked up the slack, scoring 23.1 PPG in the last seven games. There is a chance Hemphill returns to play Thursday. Wichita State put together an 8-game win streak before losing to Cincy in the AAC semifinals. The Shockers' most impressive victory during the season was a 68-63 home upset as 7-point underdogs against then-No. 5 Houston Feb. 18. Sophomore G Tyson Etienne scores a team-high 17.0 PPG for the Shockers. Senior G Alterique Gilbert is the only other Shocker scoring in double figures (10.3. PPG) and leads the team in assists (4.1 APG) and steals (1.5 SPG). Senior F Trey Wade is the top rebounder (5.6 RPG). The Drake-Wichita State winner advances to a Saturday Round 1 matchup against sixth-seeded USC (22-7) for a 4:30 p.m. ET tip-off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Drake vs. Wichita State: Odds, spread and lines Odds via ; access USA TODAY Sports' betting oddsfor a full list. Lines last updated at 7:30 a.m. ET. Money line : Drake -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | Wichita State +115 (bet $100 to win $115) Against the spread/ATS : Drake -2 (-110) | Wichita State +2 (-110) Over/Under : 140.5 (O: -110 | U: -110) PLAY:

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