The NCAA Tournament 2022 rolls on this weekend, with the Final Four taking place in New Orleans Saturday night. Kansas is a four-point favorite over Villanova at PointsBet and Caesars Sportsbook in the first game, but most sportsbooks have the line set at -4.5 (as of Wednesday night). In states where it’s legal, bettors can also find a deep selection of Final Four player props to satisfy their March Madness betting needs.
These are some of our favorites for Villanova vs. Kansas.
Final Four Player Props: ‘Nova Vs. KU
While he didn’t average nine points a game during the regular season, Martin has been a scoring machine during March Madness. He led Kansas in scoring during the first three games (15, 20, and 23 points); against Miami, he only had nine. Villanova’s defense will not make it easy, but Martin has had a pretty hot hand throughout the NCAA Tournament. Take the over.
Ochai Agbaji—Total Points O 16.5 +102 (FanDuel) U 16.5 -125 (BetRivers)
Agbaji was the leading scorer for Kansas during the regular season with 18.9 points per game. While he has not played poorly during the NCAA Tournament, his scoring output has been below his average (11, 15, 5, and 18). Miami was his first solid shooting night of the tournament (66.7 percent from the floor). Against Villanova’s defense, he will probably not shoot as well. Take the under.
Jermaine Samuels—Total Rebounds O 7.5 -130 (FanDuel) U 7.5 +100 (FanDuel)
Samuels has been a beast on the boards pulling down nine, eight, seven, and 10 rebounds in the tournament so far. During the regular season, he led the team with 6.5 per game. If both defenses play as well as they have been, additional rebounding opportunities might be created. That possibility gives Samuels a better chance to go over. But Kansas is a much better rebounding team than Villanova. Take the under.
Collin Gillespie—Three-Pointers Made O 2.5 +120 (FanDuel) U 2.5 -150 (BetMGM)
As a team, Villanova ranks ninth in the nation in three-point attempts; Gillespie ranks 20th. During the tournament, he has put up nine, nine, 10, and four attempts making four, two, four, and zero. However, teams have struggled to hit shots from behind the arc against the Jayhawks this season (21st in the nation).
But with Justin Moore out, ‘Nova will need someone to pick up the slack. Gillespie is the obvious candidate as the team’s leading scorer in the regular season. Take the over.
Collin Gillespie—Assists O 3.5 -165 (PointsBet) U 3.5 +132 (FanDuel)
The Kansas defense will try to limit his shots, which could mean he records a few more assists. However, with Moore out, Gillespie could be called upon to pick up his game on the offensive end of the court. He had four assists in Villanova’s easier tournament games (Delaware, Ohio State) but only two against Michigan and one against Houston.
When Villanova played good defensive teams, his assist numbers were down. Kansas plays tough defense and tends to foul a lot. That means the Jayhawks are not scared to play aggressively on defense, making assists hard to come by. Take the under.
Top Scorer—Remy Martin +950 (FanDuel) or Jermaine Samuels +460 (FanDuel)
This is a great market to roll the dice on and take a chance. Samuels has been the most consistent scorer for Villanova throughout the tournament. Either he or Gillespie will pick up the slack with Moore out, but the Kansas defense will probably focus on Gillespie. Martin is a bit of a longshot, but he has been the best scoring threat for Kansas in tournament play. With Villanova probably focusing on Agbaji, the stage is set for him to have a big night.