Drexel vs UNC Wilmington Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/5/23

UNC Wilmington Seahawks (22-9) vs Drexel Dragons (17-14)

Game Info: Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Entertainment & Sports Arena)

Betting Odds: UNC Wilmington Seahawks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 123 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Drexel Dragons and the NC-Wilmington Seahawks will meet in Washington DC to battle in the quarterfinals of the CAA Championship at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on FloSports.

Drexel is 17-14 after defeating Monmouth in the second round. The Dragons held the Hawks to 19 first half points and they’d cruise to beat them by the same number, 64-45. Drexel is scoring 66.8 points per game, while allowing 62.6 pog, and shooting 43% from the field. 

Drexel avenged a narrow loss to Monmouth in the second round, and they’ll look to do the same with NC-Wilmington here. Junior forward Amari Williams double-doubled in the win over Monmouth, and he leads Drexel in scoring (13.6) and rebounding (8.8). Sophomore guard Yame Butler has scored 22 points or more in three of the last four games, and he’s averaging 9.7 ppg. 

Wilmington fell to 22-9 after losing Towson at home.  The Seahawks stalled offensively in the second half to allow the Tigers to come back and hand them a four-point loss, 57-53. Wilmington is scoring 68.8 points per game, while allowing 64.0 ppg, and shooting 44.2% from the field.

UNC-Wilmington’s play has tailed off towards the end of the season, but all of that can change with a strong effort here in DC.  Sophomore forward Trazarien White posted a 26-point double-double in the win over Drexel last month, and he leads Wilmington in scoring (13.9) and rebounding (5.7). Former NDSU guard Maleeck Harden-Hayes is second on the team at 9.8 ppg. 

Drexel is 17-12-1 against the spread this season, with a 12-18 over/under record. Wilmington is 14-13-2 ATS this year, with a 13-15-1 o/u record.

Wilmington and Drexel battled in a two-overtime thriller last month, and we could see another competitive battle here in DC. The total is absurdly low due to defensive prowess on both sides, and I support testing it. This number is reachable, and with both schools looking to earn a bid to the Big Dance, they should both come to play. I’ve got Wilmington winning this game, but I prefer the over the angel for this CAA quarterfinal.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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