3 College Basketball Prop Bets for Friday 3/15/24

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3 College Basketball Prop Bets for Friday 3/15/24

College basketball season is in full swing, and via the college basketball odds at FanDuel Sportsbook, we can get into the action by checking out prop bets for key games.

For bettors, numberFire's Matchup Heat Map helps identify favorable game environments, while KenPom and Sports-Reference offer a wide range of team-level statistics. We can also turn to Bart Torvik and RealGM for advanced player stats and splits.

Let's check out FanDuel Sportsbook's college basketball odds and dive into our wealth of statistical data to find today's best prop bets.

Please note lines are subject to change throughout the day after this article is published.

College Basketball Prop Bets

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini, 6:30 p.m. ET

Marcus Domask Over 16.5 Points (-125)

As an NCAA Tournament bubble team, Ohio State will be fighting for their postseason aspirations tonight against Illinois, who has been the Big Ten's second-best team for most of the season. The Buckeyes' offense has improved to the tune of 81.3 points per game (PPG) over their last four contests, and the Fighting Illini boast KenPom's fourth-best adjusted offensive efficiency. This matchup could be in store for plenty of points.

Despite some improvements, OSU still ranks 68th in adjusted defensive efficiency. Targeting a scoring prop on Illinois, who total 83.9 PPG (97th percentile), could yield success. The Illini's star forward Marcus Domask (16.0 PPG) could be the way to go.

Domask's prop is set at 16.5 points, and the senior forward logged 21.0 PPG over his last four outings. His production dropped in the last game with 11 points compared to his average of 24.3 PPG in the previous three. This could be a perfect matchup for Domask to get back on track.

The Buckeyes' frontcourt has struggled to protect the rim. Jamison Battle (0.23) and Zed Key (1.18) have weak marks in EvanMiya's Defensive Bayesian Performance Rating (DBPR), which should spell success for Domask. About 70.3% of his field goal attempts are two-pointers, and OSU ranks in the bottom 19% of two-point shots allowed per game.

I expect Illinois' scoring attack to be led by Domask in tonight's Big Ten collision.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Houston Cougars, 7 p.m. ET

J'Wan Roberts Over 7.5 Rebounds (-116)

Houston's M.O. for the 2024 season has remained the same: play elite defense and rebound the basketball. As one of the nation's best offensive rebounding teams (99th percentile), the Cougars have the chance to dominate the boards against Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders rank outside the top 100 in offensive rebounding percentage and are in the bottom 25% in defensive rebounding percentage. Plus, Texas Tech could be without Warren Washington due to a foot injury; he ranks second on the team with 7.4 rebounds per game (RPG).

I'm backing Houston's top rebounder J'Wan Roberts (7.1 RPG). The senior forward has logged 8.3 RPG over his past three appearances, including 10 rebounds in Thursday's win over TCU. Roberts ranks among the top 10 in the Big 12 for offensive rebounding percentage. The Cougars look to have a big advantage on the offensive glass for tonight's matchup.

The injury of Washington only further supports Roberts reaching at least eight rebounds. The Red Raiders are already a pretty small team, and being without their only 7-footer should only make rebounding against Houston an even taller task.

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Kentucky Wildcats, 7 p.m. ET

Reed Sheppard Over 12.5 Points (-115)

Texas A&M and Kentucky collide in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. In the sole head-to-head matchup of this season, it was a track meet as the Aggies came out on top with a 97-92 win in overtime. The guards for both respective squads were excellent. Texas A&M's Wade Taylor IV dropped 31 points and Tyrece Radford contributed 28 points. UK's backcourt had similar production; Antonio Reeves recorded 22 points, D.J. Wagner totaled 18 points, and Rob Dillingham totaled 15 points off of the bench.

Part of the Aggies' success in this matchup was making 12 of 32 three-pointers (37.5%). However, I'm not sure if Texas A&M can continue this production due to the Wildcats' improvements on defense, and the Aggies have converted only 27.7% of their attempts from deep on the season (bottom 1%).

The opposite can be said for Kentucky's three-point shooting. The Cats lead the nation, making 41.2% of their three-point looks. Meanwhile, A&M is in the bottom 5% in three-point shots allowed per game. UK's top three-point shooter, Reed Sheppard (52.6%), continues to produce at an incredible level, cashing in 17 of his last 29 three-point shots (58.6%).

Backing Sheppard to make three three-pointers could be enticing (if the line becomes available). For now, the star freshman could at least go over 12.5 points when averaging 19.3 PPG over the past four contests.

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