Let the Madness begin. Our first post season entry came oh so close to hitting. Xavier Johnson fell just 3 total pts+rebs+asts from going over his prop and we went 1-1 on the night. The real tournament begins tomorrow and to celebrate I’m going big with my five favorite player props for the early slate of games. Here is my first real March Madness entry, Lets Party!
Props of the Day – Let the Madness Begin
Hunter Dickinson (C, 11 Michigan) vs. 6 Colorado State – Over/Under 29.5 Pts+Rebs+Asts
Get ready for Big Dickinson Energy against the Rams. Hunter has been a tear since early December scoring 19.9 points, grabbing 8.5 rebounds, and contributing 2.4 assists per game. He and Michigan get the 2022 tournament tipped off against an undersized Rams team. Their leading rebounder is 6’5” David Roddy, and they rotate two front court players under 7’ tall. Dickinson will be the focal point of the Wolverines offense and should have his way all game. Even if CSU doubles him in the post, Hunt has shown tremendous court vision and passing ability to open shooters.
Over 29.5 Pts+Rebs+Asts
Jalen Hawkins (G, 16 Norfolk State) vs. 1 Baylor – Over/Under 1.5 3-Pt Made
Norfolk State is probably going to get destroyed by Baylor but keep your eyes on the senior Hawkins. Since entering the starting lineup 15 games ago, he’s scoring 16 points a night and averaging 2 3-pt’s made. Jalen is seeing a team leading 34 minutes of action and will surely be one of the Spartans go-to shooters against Baylor. I know the Bears are one of the top 3p% defenses in the nation but should find themselves playing from a huge lead. This could slightly lessen the defensive pressure on Norfolk with Hawkins taking advantage in what could be his only shot during March Madness.
Over 1.5 3-Pt Made
Tyler Burton (F, 5 Richmond) vs. 5 Iowa – Over/Under 14.5 Points
The Spiders best all-around player Burton continued his good season in the A-10 tournament helping them get here. He scored 16 points in their last two wins and has topped this prop in five of his last eight games. He and Richmond play the high powered Iowa Hawkeyes in a game that has the day’s second highest implied total of 150. Iowa has been playing better defense of late but they still allowed over 70/gm and ranked 208th allowing teams to shoot 44% from the field. This will be a fast paced, high scoring affair and Richmond will rely on Burton to keep them close.
Over 14.5 Points
Corey Allen (G, 16 Georgia State) vs. 1 Gonzaga – Over/Under 14.5 Points
I have to show the little guys some love and one player I’m looking forward to watching is Allen. He transferred to GSU after two season at Detroit and has averaged 13.5 or more points in all five of his years played. Corey is taking career highs of 7+ threes a night and almost 14 total shots per game and this season. Gonzaga will crush the Panthers but with Allen being a senior, I expect him to see a lot of court time. Look for him to be given the green light in what could be his last career game.
Over 14.5 Points
Armando Bacot (C, 8 North Carolina) vs. 9 Marquette – Over/Under 13.5 Rebounds
Bacot has shown tremendous improvement this season and is playing over 31 minutes/game. He has been a monster on the glass this year and ranks 3rd averaging 12.5 a night. Amazingly, he’s been even better over the last seven games, averaging over 17 points, and 14 rebounds in what were basically must win situations. His first round opponent Marquette is one of the nations worst rebounding teams in the country. They’re allowing opponents over 12 offensive boards and almost 40 total rebounds per game. Bacot has become a dominant force in the post, and won’t be challenged by the Golden Eagles.
Over 13.5 Rebounds
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