NCAA Tournament Player Props For Saturday: Big Scorers In Action For Heels, Vols, Jayhawks

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Bettors can continue wagering on NCAA Tournament player props as March Madness carries into the weekend. The field is down to 32 teams after a first-round that busted plenty of brackets. Second-round action begins on Saturday with North Carolina and top-seeded Baylor taking aim at the Sweet Sixteen. Gonzaga and Memphis cap off the evening in the final contest of the night.

DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are offering individual player props for a number of games. These add an additional avenue for fans and bettors to become invested in the tournament action. Not every state allows betting on props or certain college programs. Bettors should familiarize themselves with the gambling laws that govern their particular state.

Saturday’s NCAA Tournament Player Props

Caleb Love O/U 15.5 points (-122/-104, FanDuel)

No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 8 North Carolina (+5.5), 12:10 pm, CBS

Love is the Tar Heels’ second-leading scorer (15.6 PPG) and has performed well in that department of late. He eclipsed 20 points in three of his last five; and scored 16-plus in eight of his last 10. Love has scored in a multitude of ways, but his three-point stroke will need to be in form. The Bears’ patented zone defense has held opponents to 29.7 percent from three on 20 attempts per contest. Placing even more pressure on Love’s marksmanship is the Bears’ ability to limit trips to the line (14.8 attempts).

Ochai Agbaji O/U 17.5 points (-120/-110, DraftKings), O/U 2.5 made threes (+145/-185, FanDuel)

No. 1 Kansas (-11.5, DK) vs. No. 9 Creighton, 2:40 pm, CBS

Creighton was one of the top defensive teams in the Big East in terms of opponents’ field-goal percentage. However, Agbaji, Kansas’ top scorer is productive in multiple facets of scoring. He shoots 47.4 percent on 14.5 attempts, including 40.1 percent on 6.8 three-point tries. He also earns nearly four shots from the charity stripe. Agbaji’s path to 18 points will be clearer thanks to the knee injury suffered by Creighton center Ryan Kalkbrenner. The 7-foot-1 Big East defensive player of the year averaged 2.6 blocks per game.

Santiago Vescovi O/U 13.5 points (+105/-135, DraftKings), O/U 2.5 made threes (-145/+115, FanDuel)

No. 3 Tennessee (-5.5, FD) vs. No. 11 Michigan, 5:15 pm, CBS

DraftKings’ total is right in line with Vescovi’s scoring average on the season, so bettors may need to split hairs. Much of Vescovi’s success will hinge on how accurate he is from beyond the arc. Three-point shooting is Vescovi’s calling card — he converted six of his eight attempts from deep in Thursday’s first-round win. He shoots 40.7 percent on 7.3 attempts overall, but there’s not much margin for error if he’s not clicking from range.

Johnny Juzang O/U 14.5 points (-110/-120, DraftKings)

No. 4 UCLA (-2.5) vs. No. 5 Saint Mary’s, 7:10 pm, TBS

Juzang averages 15.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting. He attempts 4.3 three-pointers and converts 35.8 percent of them. Those leaning toward the Over will be betting on improved efficiency from Juzang. Saint Mary’s plays a deliberate style of basketball that will limit the Bruins’ shot attempts. Juzang is 17-of-45 (37.7 percent) over his last four without much production from three or the free-throw line. Juzang is one of four Bruins scoring in double figures, so the team won’t need to force-feed him shot attempts.

JD Notae O/U 17.5 points (+100/-130, DraftKings)

No. 4 Arkansas (-6.5) vs. No. 12 New Mexico State, 8:40 pm, TNT

Notae is a volume scorer who leads the Razorbacks in points and assists. New Mexico State held opponents to 39.1 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from three. A porous defense is obviously preferable for those contemplating an Over. When it comes to Notae though, he’s going to see plenty of volume. He averages 16 shots overall, 6.9 attempts from three, and 4.3 looks from the charity stripe. Notae shot poorly from the floor in Arkansas’ first-round victory, but still finished with 17 points. A bit more efficiency could push him to a comfortable Over.

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