The NCAA Tournament is underway, as first-round action continues Friday with a full 16-game slate. Ohio State and Loyola-Chicago get the ball rolling at 12:15 pm ET, and games tip off throughout the day, ending with Seton Hall vs. TCU in the nightcap. Once again, bettors have plenty of 2022 March Madness player props to consider among their wagers.
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Friday’s March Madness Player Props
A number of standout players — and NBA prospects — occupied the spotlight Thursday. Another set of current and future stars take the floor on Friday. DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are back with more 2022 March Madness player props for bettors to chew on.
Here are a few that stand out:
Bryson Williams O/U 15.5 points (-115/-111, FanDuel)
No. 3 Texas Tech (-15) vs. No. 14 Montana State, 1:45 pm, TNT
Considering Williams’ 13.7-point scoring average, bettors may consider FanDuel’s point total a bit hefty. He’s scored 16 or more points in six of his last 10 contests, so he’s on a decent run. Williams isn’t a prolific three-point shooter, nor does he get to the line frequently, though. It could be difficult for him to hit the ‘over’ if he’s not efficient from two-point land. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention DraftKings’ -105/-125 odds on the same 15.5 O/U. Bettors are always encouraged to shop around for the best odds for their plays, and that principle often applies particularly to player props.
Isaiah Mobley O/U 13.5 points (-125/-105, DraftKings), O/U 8.5 rebounds (+100/-130 FanDuel)
No. 7 USC (-1.5) vs. No. 10 Miami, 3:10 pm, truTV
Mobley, the older brother of Cavaliers forward and NBA Rookie of the Year favorite Evan Mobley, may have an NBA future of his own. First, he’ll take aim at the Miami Hurricanes. Mobley is averaging 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds, but has been a bit quiet of late on the scoring front. He’s scored at least 15 points in three of his last six outings, and he’s snatched nine or more boards in four contests over that span. Mobley leads the Trojans in attempts from the field and the charity stripe. He also averages the second most attempts from behind the arc. There will be ample opportunity for him to put the ball in the basket Friday.
Andrew Jones O/U 12.5 points (-110/-120, DraftKings)
No. 6 Texas (-1) vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech, 4:30 pm, TNT
One could argue DraftKings’ number is a bit rich considering Jones’ 10.7-point scoring average. Outside of a three-game stretch in February in which he scored 20-plus in each contest, Jones has been quiet on the scoring front. Texas dropped their final three games, during which Jones totaled 23 points. He’s third on the team in scoring, so there are others capable of taking the lead.
Paolo Banchero O/U 16.5 points (-115, DraftKings)
No. 2 Duke (-18.5) vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, 7:10 pm, CBS
Banchero, a potential top-3 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, leads Duke in scoring (17.0 PPG) on 13.1 shots per game. While he’s not particularly efficient from deep (30.6 percent) or the free-throw line (72.9), he averages 3.3 and 4.9 attempts from each, respectively. Bettors need to weigh the risk of a runaway victory — and light workload — with the potential fruits of facing an overmatched opponent.
Izaiah Brockington O/U 16.5 points (-105/-125, DraftKings)
No. 6 LSU vs. No. 11 Iowa State (+4), 7:20 pm, TBS
Iowa State’s Brockington leads the Cyclones in scoring (17.2 PPG) and shoots 46 percent from the floor. But he’s been a bit streaky this season and is in the midst of a skid. He’s averaged 10.3 points over his last three games — each a Cyclones loss. Compare that to the 24.2 points he averaged in the five games prior, four of which resulted in wins. The Cyclones last played on March 10, and perhaps a few days to hit the reset button will do Brockington some good. It will be a short stint on the dance floor for Iowa State if his cold streak continues.
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