Fort Wayne Mastodons vs Drake Bulldogs Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 03/19/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, March 19, 2022
Venue:  Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL
Where to Watch:  FloSports

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  IPFW +10, Drake -10; Over/Under:  138.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  IPFW +10, Drake -10; Over/Under:  138.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  IPFW +10, Drake -10; Over/Under:  138.5 points
 

Season Record

Fort Wayne Mastodons:  21-11 (1st place, Horizon League)
Drake Bulldogs:  24-10 (3rd place, MVC)
 
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Fort Wayne Mastodons vs Drake Bulldogs Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Fort Wayne Mastodons:  4-1 last 5
Drake Bulldogs:  4-1 last 5
 
 
 

Fort Wayne Mastodons Analysis

IPFW is coming into this game with a 21-11 record overall and they are 1-2 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 10 of their last 11 games but are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game which snapped a 10 game winning streak that they were on. Their last 5 wins in that span were against the Green Bay Phoenix, the Milwaukee Panthers, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, the Detroit Mercy Titans, and the UIC Flames while their loss came against the Northern Kentucky Norse in their last game. Jarred Godfrey led the team in points in that game with 11 while Ra Kpedi and Damian Chong Qui were both next on the team with 9 points each. Godfrey led the team in assists in that game with 4 while Kpedi led the team in rebounds with 7. They are 45.9% from the field, 37.2% from 3-point range, and 75.3% from the free throw line with their shooting this season. Their offense is averaging 73.7 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 69.1 PPG against them. IPFW has an ATS record of 19-11 this season and their O/U record is 13-17.
 
 

Drake Bulldogs Analysis

Drake is coming into this game with a 24-10 record overall and they are 2-5 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 7 of their last 8 games but are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game which snapped a 7 game winning streak that they were on. Their last 5 wins in that span were against the Indiana State Sycamores, the Valparaiso Crusaders, the Southern Illinois Salukis twice, and the Missouri State Bears while their loss came against the Loyola Ramblers in their last game. Roman Penn led the team in points in that game with 18 while Tucker DeVries was next on the team with 15 points. Penn led the team in assists in that game with 4 while ShanQuan Hemphill led the team in rebounds with 10. They are 45.4% from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range, and 75.3% from the free throw line with their shots this season. Their offense is averaging 73.5 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 66.2 PPG against them. Drake has an ATS record of 11-20 this season and their O/U record is 14-16-1.
 

 

Fort Wayne vs Drake Prediction

IPFW is coming into this game as a 10 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Both of these teams had very good seasons this year but both teams fell short in their conference tourneys. Fort Wayne lost to Northern Kentucky who went on to lose in the finals while Drake lost to Loyola who went on to win their tourney and take the NCAA tourney bid. Both teams have not played a game in over 10 days but IPFW has a little bit of an advantage here. IPFW is happy to be here making it in as the last seed and their coach has already said that his team is excited to get this opportunity to continue playing and they will be taking this game very seriously as they view Drake as a really good team worthy of being in the NCAA tourney. This is not the tourney Drake wanted to play in, they may be the number 1 seed here but they had their sights on the NCAA tourney so playing in this game is going to be a bit of a disappointment for them. They will not come out with as much energy in this game and IPFW will be able to take advantage of that and keep this game close. IPFW will cover the spread in this game.
 
Fort Wayne Drake Prediction:  Our NCAAB Pick for Saturday, March 19, 2022 (12:00 pm ET start time) is Drake 68 IPFW 62.
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NCAAB Betting Trends

 
Fort Wayne Mastodons: 19-11 ATS in all games. 14-7 ATS after a conference game. 8-2 UNDER after a game where they failed to cover the spread.
Drake Bulldogs: 11-20 ATS in all games. 7-15 ATS as a favorite. 13-4 UNDER in a neutral court game where the total is 135 to 139.5.
 

Key Injuries

 
Fort Wayne Mastodons:  None.
Drake Bulldogs:  None.
 

Notable Quotes

 
“There’s going to be great competition for us down there, Drake was in the Sweet 16 last year. It’s going to be a huge challenge for us but our guys are excited to play some basketball.” - Jon Coffman on his team coming into this game and their opponent Drake.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Fort Wayne Mastodons
D. Chong-Qui 
J. Godfrey 
R. Kpedi 
J. Pipkins 
B. Planutis
 
Drake Bulldogs
T. DeVries 
T. Murphy
R. Penn  
G. Sturtz
 D. Wilkins
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Fort Wayne Mastodons
PPG: J. Godfrey (15.1)
APG: J. Godfrey (4)
Reb/G: R. Kpedi (6.1)
 
Drake Bulldogs
PPG: T. DeVries (13.6)
APG: R. Penn (3.8)
Reb/G: G. Sturtz (7.5)
 
Coaches:
Fort Wayne Mastodons: Jon Coffman (8th season)
Drake Bulldogs: Darian DeVries (4th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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