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Is your bracket already so busted you have no chance of winning? Then it is time to get in on the action with our March Madness player props and parlay picks for Saturday’s second-round games. With eight games, bettors have plenty of markets to choose from.

Here are a few of our favorite March Madness player props and parlay picks for Day One of the Round of 32.

March Madness Player Props: Saturday

Furman forward Jalen Slawson (20) played a big part in Furman’s first-round upset and factors into our player props and parlay picks for Saturday’s March Madness action. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The following are five of our favorite player props for Saturday’s games:

No. 13 Furman vs. No. 5 San Diego State

  • Jalen Slawson, Over 12.5 points (-113, FanDuel)

Slawson will enter the game on a high after leading the Paladins to an upset win over Virginia in the first round (19 points and 10 assists). San Diego State is a defensive-minded team and will likely focus on shutting Slawson down, but Virginia had a top-10 defense and couldn’t slow Slawson down.

He’s scored 15+ in five of his last eight games.

No. 5 Duke vs. No. 4 Tennessee

  • Jeremy Roach, Over 14.5 points (+102, FanDuel)

Roach is known for playing his best when the stage is bigger. That was certainly true in Duke’s opening-round win over Oral Roberts (23 points and three assists) and the ACC Tournament title game (23 points and four rebounds). A matchup with Tennessee certainly qualifies as a “big stage.”

Of course, scoring on the Vols’ defense (No. 3 in the nation) will be challenging. But Virginia had a top-10 defense, and he hung up 23 on them. His season average was 13.6 points; in the six games prior to the ACC title game, he cleared 15+ points just twice. So, there is a risk, but with plus money odds, there’s value here.

  • Olivier Nkamhoua, Over 9.5 points (+100, FanDuel)

Tennessee is not known for its offensive prowess. They are more of a defensive team, and scoring against a solid Duke defense will be challenging. But Nkamhoua should be able to use his size to create scoring opportunities for himself.

He only had eight points in Tennessee’s tournament opener but scored 10+ in four of his last seven. But with plus money odds, there is value here.

No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 1 Kansas

  • Jalen Wilson, Over 20.5 points (-120, DraftKings)

Wilson, a key contributor to last season’s championship team, averages 20.1 PPG and is coming off a 20-point performance in Kansas’ tournament opener. Arkansas’s defense is alright, but Wilson has been on a roll of late, scoring 20+ points in his last six games. There is no reason to think the Razorbacks will slow him down.

No. 9 Auburn vs. No. 1 Houston

  • Allen Flanigan, Over 10.5 points (-105, DraftKings)

Auburn likes to play in transition and will try to speed things up but will find doing so tough against the No. 2 scoring defense in the country. Houston has a deep enough roster to keep the Tigers’ offense in check without Sasser (whose status is in question). But Flanigan has played well against some of the best defenses in the country and could certainly do so here.

While he only had 10 points against Iowa in the opening round, he scored 15+ in his previous three and 11+ in five of his previous seven.

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Best March Madness Parlay Picks: Saturday

Parlays are a lot of fun and a great way to boost your potential earnings, but they can also be a great way to drain your bankroll faster than you thought possible. For that reason, we suggest using caution when it comes to making March Madness parlay picks.

Don’t get greedy and add a leg or two because the odds and your potential payout skyrocket. Stick with the legs you feel the most confident about. While it can be tempting to go with four or five-leg parlays, we suggest sticking to two or three most of the time.

This week, we are featuring odds from FanDuel, but you should always compare the odds at other top sports betting apps.

Let’s take a look at a few options:

March Madness Parlay No. 1

  • Jalen Slawson Over 12.5 points: -113
  • Texas -5.5 vs. Penn State: -110
  • Parlay Odds: +259

Penn State was able to blast the Aggies in the opening round because Texas A&M couldn’t defend against three-point shooters — Texas can. The Longhorns also have a better overall offense that Penn State will not be able to handle for an entire game.

A $100 wager will result in a $359 payday, your stake plus $259 in winnings.

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March Madness Parlay No. 2

  • Kansas -3.5: -110
  • Houston-Auburn, Under 131.5: -110
  • Parlay Odds: +264

Not having head coach Bill Self on the sideline will hurt. But with his staff and the talent on the roster, the Jayhawks should be able to take care of business against an inconsistent Arkansas team.

As for the Houston-Auburn matchup, the Cougars’ defense matches up well with what the Tigers do best. Even if Sasser plays, look for Houston to control the game on defense to take as much pressure as possible off him.

A $100 wager will result in a $364 payday, your stake plus $264 in winnings.

March Madness Parlay No. 3: Same-Game Parlay Featuring Duke-Tennessee

  • Olivier Nkamhoua, Over 9.5 points: +100
  • Jeremy Roach, Over 14.5 points: +102
  • Duke -3.5: -110
  • Same Game Parlay Odds: +599

Losing Zakai Zeigler will finally catch up with the Vols, who will struggle to make shots against the Blue Devils. Their defense will still keep them in the game, but Tennessee will not be able to slow down Duke enough to get the win or even keep it close. The Blue Devils will not blow them out of the water as they did Oral Roberts, but they will win by a comfortable margin.

A $100 wager will result in a $699 payday, your stake plus $599 in winnings.

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Travis Pulver

Travis Pulver

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Travis Pulver is a senior writer for Gaming Today and a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, Pulver's love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.

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