FanDuel College Basketball Picks for Thursday, March 21st
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There’s nothing quite like March Madness. The brackets, the stories, the shots, the upsets…and this year, the cash! No, we’re not talking about Warren Buffett’s bracket challenge (of which you have a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of winning), we’re talking about the college basketball action here on FanDuel! We’ve got the biggest tournaments, the most action, and the best experience out there to make the most out of this year’s March Madness. In order to help you win some cash, we’ve compiled some of the top CBB picks below. Check ‘em out and get those entries in before 12:15p EDT on Thursday!
Jordan Aaron – Milwaukee ($6100) - Villanova should have no problem getting past Milwaukee, but they may have a tough time shutting down Jordan Aaron. Aaron is the focal point of Panthers offense, and should be able to put up some decent numbers in this one. When it comes to these high seed vs. low seed games, the ‘blowout’ factor should be overlooked, especially for the 14, 15 and 16 seeds. There’s no reason that Aaron shouldn’t be on the court for more than 37 minutes, and I expect him to put up better numbers than his $6100 price tag.
Derrick Walton Jr. – Michigan ($4900) - Walton officially solidified his position as Michigan’s main point guard in the B1G tournament, pushing fan favorite and Justin Beiber look-a-like Spike Albrecht ($4500) back into his reserve role. On Sunday, against a tough defensive team like the MSU Spartans, Walton was able to put up 11-4-1-1 in 30 minutes of gameplay. Look for this trend to continue against 15th seeded Wofford on Thursday. The Wolverines are going to need Walton to play well if they want to make a serious run to the Final Four, and they should be giving him as much exposure as possible in his first NCAA tournament game.
Isaiah Cousins – Oklahoma ($5700) - As mentioned earlier, the OU/NDSU game should be one of the highest scoring contests of the day. Cousins has been pretty up-and-down this year, but I think this is a game where he’s able to thrive. He’s definitely my favorite value play of the day on OU, but don’t be surprised if Buddy Hield ($7700) and Cameron Clarke ($6800) put up quality stats as well.
Tyler Haws – BYU ($9000) - Haws is the 6th most expensive player on Thursday, and for good reason. He and Kyle Collinsworth were essentially the entire offense for the Cougars during the regular season. Collinsworth is out for the season after suffering an injury in the WCC tournament, leaving Haws as the go-to-guy. It wouldn’t surprise me if he put up more than 20 shots. Combine that with the fact that he’s going up against Oregon’s 279th ranked defense, and you’ve got my #1 play of the day. There are plenty of high-priced options to choose from, but I think that Haws definitely has the highest ceiling. Use him with confidence. Other Cougars to target include Matt Carlino ($7300) and Anson Winder ($4700). They’ll be asked to pick up the slack with Collinsworth out, and should put up some good numbers.
Montrezl Harrell – Louisville ($8800) - If you’ve been watching college basketball this year, you know who Montrezl Harrell is. If you haven’t been, you’re about to find out. Harrell has been college basketball’s most dominant force for the last month, and I expect that trend to continue as Louisville tips off on Thursday against Manhattan. You’re going to have to spend some money to get him in your lineup, but he will not disappoint you.
Mike Moser – Oregon ($7900) - Prior to struggling a bit during the Pac-12 tournament, Moser was one of college basketball’s hottest players. He put up four straight games of 40+ FDPs, which is pretty rare in today’s game. The over/under in the Oregon/BYU game is 165 right now, which is the highest of the day. Just like Vegas, I expect this game to be the most fast paced game on Thursday’s slate. Moser and Joseph Young ($7600) are two Oregon players that should be the beneficiaries of such a high scoring affair. If you stacked some other Ducks as well, I wouldn’t blame you.
Shaquille McKissic – Arizona State ($6400) - McKissic’s been getting all the minutes that he can handle lately and he’s continued to stuff the stat sheet with boards, assists and steals. In fact, he has topped 9 total rebounds and assists in each of his last five outings. Going against Jonathan Holmes, Cameron Ridley and the rest of the Longhorns won’t be easy, but this should be one of the closest games on Thursday. I think that results in another 10-5-5-2 line from the lesser-known Shaq.
Shayne Whittington – Western Michigan ($8900) - Not many of us have been able to watch Western Michigan this year. I was fortunate enough to catch the MAC Championship, which showcased Whittington in fine fashion. Standing tall at 6’11″ and 250 lbs, I don’t see Jerami Grant or Rakeem Christmas being able to stop big Shayne down low. He’ll be going up against the stingy 2-3 zone of Syracuse, but that shouldn’t stop him from picking up his usual 20 and 10. He may seem a bit pricy, but he’ll definitely give you a consistent stat line.
TrayVonn Wright – North Dakota St. ($6200) - The Bison of NDSU are one of the better offensive teams in the tournament. Pair that with the fact that Oklahoma is ranked 301st in team defense, and you’ve got yourself a team to target. I think TrayVonn will give you the best value in this game, as he has been pretty consistent over the past month. Having said that, if you chose to build your team around Taylor Braun ($9200) or went with Lawrence Alexander ($5700) instead, you’d still be getting good value.
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