College Basketball Prop Bets for Monday 2/26/24

Aidan Cotter
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College Basketball Prop Bets for Monday 2/26/24

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

Miami at No. 9 North Carolina

Cormac Ryan Over 12.5 Points (-120)

North Carolina wing Cormac Ryan is heating up, and he's in a nice spot to go over a 12.5-point prop tonight.

The Notre Dame transfer has gone for 16, 16, and 18 points in the last three games. He's nailed 14 threes over that span, shooting a blistering 52% from beyond the arc. That efficiency is a welcome sign for a player shooting just 37% on the season.

However, it's Ryan's usage that has me so bullish on his points prop tonight. He's attempted 12.3 field goal attempts per game and posted a 22.4% usage rate over this hot stretch, up from his season averages (9.4 shots and a 18.9% usage rate).

North Carolina did play at Miami right before Ryan's recent breakout, and the Hurricanes held him to just 7 points.

However, Miami isn't a scary defense. The Hurricanes are middle of the pack in defensive rating and have given up 74.2 points per game in ACC play. They've allowed an ACC-worst 10.5 threes per game in conference games, spurred by a high rate of three-point attempts. Per Bart Torvik, Miami has given up the highest rate of threes among all 94 high-major teams.

That bodes well for Cormac Ryan as 62% of his shots have come from beyond the arc.

North Carolina has the slate's highest implied total (84.5) against a Miami defense that struggles to defend the arc. Given Cormac Ryan's recent hot stretch, I'll take him to go over 12.5 points. Having hit at least four threes in three straight, we can consider Cormac Ryan 4+ Made Threes (+162), too.

No. 15 Baylor at TCU

Yves Missi Over 12.5 Points (-105)

Baylor big man Yves Missi torched TCU for 25 points when these teams faced off last month, so we can look to the over on his 12.5-point prop tonight.

Granted, that January 27th matchup went to triple overtime, but Missi still scored 21 points in regulation. The seven-footer proved to be a matchup nightmare for a TCU defense that's struggled to defend the interior all season.

Per Bart Torvik, the Horned Frogs have allowed 41.7% of opponents' field goals to come at the rim this season. That's the highest rate in the Big 12 and the fourth-highest among all 94 high-major teams.

Yves Missi took full advantage of that tendency in their previous meeting, making eight of nine shots at the rim. He's gotten 76% of his buckets at the rim on the year and is shooting 74% on close twos.

The freshman has really taken a step forward over the last month, exceeding 13 points in four of his last six games.

That upward trend, coupled with Baylor's modest implied total (73), should be enough to push Yves Missi Over 12.5 points against the Big 12's fourth-worst scoring defense.

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