FanDuel College Basketball Picks for Sunday, February 16th

February 16 12:08pm
Nick Sharp
Welcome to the last day of FanDuel’s “Before the Madness” college basketball event! With plenty of cash to be made, having the right guys in your lineup will be key. Let’s take a look at some guys that look primed to have a big day:
Roberto Nelson (Oregon St. $8500) - When you have two high scoring offenses and two porous defenses facing off, taking the best player on the court is always a safe move. Berto is pretty much a guarantee for 20+ points against a team like Oregon. Coming off of his worst performance of the year against Arizona, look for Nelson to bounce back in a big way.
Travis Trice (Michigan St. $5400) - As long as Trice continues to start for Appling, I will continue to run him out there with confidence. The Spartans should have no trouble with Nebraska today, and as long as Appling is out, Trice should be able to get his. Tom Izzo said last week that he expected Appling to be out, “a couple more weeks,” but double check before game time just in case. I think pairing either Payne or Denzel Valentine ($7100) with Trice should work out well.
Xavier Talton (Colorado $4500) - Talton has been one of the beneficiaries to all of the injuries to the Buffs. As long as Wesley Gordon is out again, Talton should top 25 minutes and have a good chance to make value. USC’s defense is awful and Talton should be able to take advantage of it, especially if this game turns into a blowout.
James Bell (Villanova $8200) - About a month ago, Villanova got embarrassed by Creighton on their own turf. They gave up a Big East record 21 three-pointers and lost by a whopping 28 points. James Bell and the now 6th ranked Wildcats get a chance to return the favor today. Both teams are playing at an extremely high level, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this game topped over 160 total points. Look for Bell to try to match McDermott shot for shot in what should be a great game.
Adrian Payne (Michigan St. $8100) - Since coming back from injury, Payne hasn’t missed a beat. With Appling and Dawson still nursing injuries of their own, Payne should carry the load again for the Spartans. Nebraska’s defense isn’t awful, but that shouldn’t stop Payne from putting up another 20 points and 10 rebounds. Use him with confidence.
Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin $5400) - I was skeptical of Hayes earlier in the season, but he has continued to put together solid games for the Badgers. His poor performance in the first matchup between the Wolverines and Badgers was due to the fact that he only played 16 minutes. So far, he has averaged 27 minutes per game in February. I would expect that trend to continue, as he has been a breath of fresh air for Bo Ryan’s normally timid squad.
Xavier Johnson (Colorado $6700) - Johnson and Josh Scott were asked to pick up the pace for the Buffs when Dinwiddie went down earlier in the year. I like them both today against USC, but like Johnson more purely based on the fact that he’s less expensive. If you went with Scott instead (or paired the two) against USC’s lowly defense, I wouldn’t blame you.
Montrezl Harrell (Louisville $8100) - After putting his personal stamp on a beat down of Temple, Harrell should be in line for more of the same against Rutgers. He’s been getting all the minutes necessary to succeed, and I see no reason why that won’t continue against Rutgers 312th nationally ranked defense.
Ethan Wragge (Creighton $4800) - Wragge exploded for 27 points the last time these two teams met. While I don’t expect that to happen again, he should be able to put up some decent numbers. Nova’s D is susceptible to the three-ball (as evidenced by the 9 he hit the last time these two played), and Wragge should be able to knock down a few more this time around.

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