Last Updated on March 18, 2021
With the new format of the NCAA Tournament in the last few seasons, there was an added pool of four teams to the bracket. These games are called the “First Four”, and allows for some bubble teams to earn a shot to reach the first round of the tournament. One of this year’s play-in games was Wichita State against Drake, and Drake pulled out a close victory to advance to the first round and face USC.
Drake wins First Round, USC Next
After a thrilling victory in the “First Four”, Drake will face off against USC in the first round.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
When: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 4:30 PM EST
Watch: TNT, March Madness App
Drake pulled out a close win over Wichita State to open up the tournament, and they will move on to face USC in the official “first round” of the NCAA Tournament. Drake will officially be the 11th seed, and they will take on the sixth seed USC Trojans, as Drake looks for their first official tournament win in 50 years.
USC vs. Drake Odds
Here’s a look at the opening odds for USC against Drake, courtesy of William Hill Sportsbook.
USC is favored by 6.5 points, which is not surprising given the talent differential and how poorly Drake shot in the First Four. It will be tough sledding for Drake, but it is the NCAA Tournament, and anything can happen.
Drake got the win over Wichita State and will face USC next. 🏀
Lines are now up at @WilliamHillNV:
🔹Spread: USC -6.5
🔹Total: o/u 139
🔹ML: USC -290; DRKE +245
— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) March 19, 2021
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NCAA Tournament 2021 Picks – USC vs. Drake
The odds have been released for Drake vs. USC, and here are our betting picks for the spread, the total, and moneyline. After a close win against Wichita State, Drake will need to shoot much better to defeat the Trojans of USC.
USC vs. Drake Picks
Odds courtesy of William Hill.
- USC -6.5
- USC -290
- Under 139
USC is far more talented, and with Drake’s struggle to score the basketball against Wichita State, it makes for a lopsided matchup in USC’s favorite. Be sure to bet these before the spread rises, at William Hill Sportsbook.
Want more picks? We broke down the Wisconsin and North Carolina matchup, here.
DEXTER DENNIS FOR THE COVER!!!
— SportsBettingDime (@SBD) March 19, 2021
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