3 College Basketball Prop Bets for Tuesday 2/20/24

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3 College Basketball Prop Bets for Tuesday 2/20/24

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

Iowa at Michigan State

Tyson Walker Over 18.5 Points (-120)

Michigan State guard Tyson Walker has finished with at least 19 points in four of his last five games, so we can consider the over on his points prop tonight, currently set at 18.5 points.

Walker hasn't shot particularly well of late, finishing with a sub-40% field goal percentage in each of his last two games. Still, the volume is there. Walker has attempted at least 14 shots in 12 of 15 conference games, posting a 27% usage rate in Big Ten play. He's averaging 17.3 points per game against Big Ten opponents. And while that's a hair below his 18.5-point prop tonight, he's well-positioned to produce against one of the conference's worst defenses.

Iowa boasts the worst scoring defense in the Big Ten, allowing 80.7 points per game. They've given up the second-highest effective field goal percentage yet continue to play at the league's fastest pace. However, they also rank fifth in offensive efficiency. That combination of bad defense and good offense has led to a number of high-scoring affairs, something that's reflected in tonight's 154.5 over/under and MSU's slate-leading 82 implied total.

Tyson Walker has also proven capable of putting up high scoring totals against Fran McCaffery's Hawkeyes. The senior faced Iowa twice last season, going for 10 (4-14 shooting) and 31 points (11-15). He's upped his scoring average by nearly four points per game this season, so another monster night isn't out of the question.

Walker should further benefit from playing at home where he's averaged 18.9 points per game via a 48% field goal percentage.

After a pair of rough road showings, I'm expecting Walker to bounce back in a big way at home tonight. Against a soft defense, consider Walker over 18.5 points tonight.

No. 11 Baylor at No. 25 BYU

RayJ Dennis Over 5.5 Assists (-134)

Tonight's top-25 clash between 11th-ranked Baylor and 25th-ranked BYU has a sky-high over/under (153.5), so it makes sense to target some offensive props here. Consider RayJ Dennis to go over 5.5 assists, something he's done in eight of his last 10 games.

Baylor's floor general has averaged 6.8 assists per game in conference play -- the top mark in the Big 12. His 37% assist rate ranks in the top 10 among high-major players, and he leads the Bears with a 23% usage rate through 12 conference games.

Dennis was held to just four assists in Baylor's earlier bout with BYU, but it was an unusual game for the Bears. Despite scoring 81 points, they shot only 43% from the floor, a hair below their 46% Big 12 average. As a team, Baylor dished out just 10 assists in that one, their second-lowest total in league play.

We shouldn't worry too much about this one being on the road, either. Dennis has dished out at least six assists in five of six true road games, averaging 7.3 per game.

Dennis has turned up the playmaking of late, so we can consider him to go over 5.5 assists in a strong game environment.

No. 19 San Diego State at Utah State

Great Osobor Over 7.5 Rebounds (-126)

The Mountain West's top two teams square off in Logan tonight when 19th-ranked San Diego State visits Utah State. The Aggies are favored by 1.5 here, but San Diego State (+115) still has slightly shorter odds to win the Mountain West regular season compared to Utah State (+160).

A 144.5 over/under between two of the conference's four most efficient defenses doesn't lend itself to the offensive props, so we can instead consider Great Osobor over 7.5 rebounds.

Utah State's big man has had a breakout season with the Aggies, averaging 18.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in conference play. He's gone over this 7.5-rebound line in 9 of 13 Mountain West games.

Osobor has had a few quiet games of late, but he's coming off a 13-rebound effort against Colorado State. For the season, he's snagged double-digit boards in 13 of 26 games.

The matchup isn't great -- San Diego State leads the Mountain West in total rebound rate -- but Osobor did manage seven rebounds in an earlier bout with the Aztecs. Utah State lost the earlier meeting by 14, but their 11-1 home record hints at a more competitive matchup this time around.

That would help Osobor's chances of reaching eight rebounds, too. For the season, he's averaging 9.5 rebounds per game in wins but just 7.8 in losses.

Simply put, this rebound line is too low for a player of his caliber. In what's expected to be a tightly contested matchup, consider Osobor over 7.5 rebounds.

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