Best March Madness Prop Bets for Thursday's First Four Games on FanDuel Sportsbook

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Best March Madness prop bets for Thursday's First Four games.
Best March Madness prop bets for Thursday's First Four games. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images
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The First Four tips off the March Madness schedule on Thursday, and most the money on the late-night marquee match-up is on Michigan State (-2) over UCLA. All four games have tight point spread of 3-points or less, including the first game of the day, Texas Southern vs Mount St. Mary's (-1). But beyond the spread, total and moneyline, FanDuel Sportsbook has tons of prop bets on these games.

Here are three of the best prop bets for the First Four games.

1. Michigan State - Team Total Points (Under 67.5)

Scroll down the KenPom eFG% ratings and you'll see Michigan State near the very bottom of all NCAA Tournament teams. They don't shoot the ball well, and they have the worst effective field goal percentage of all power conference teams (47.7%) - where ratings for a made three-pointer is worth one and a half times as much as a made two-pointer. Two defensive-minded coaches with UCLA's offense playing at a super snail tempo makes for fewer Spartans possessions and less scoring for Michigan State.

2. Appalachian State - Team Total Points (Over 68.5)

Norfolk State played in one of the worst conferences in the country, as the Mid-Eastern Athletic (MEAC) was ranked No. 31 out of 32 by KenPom. Facing poor competition throughout the season, a number of opponents played at a very fast pace but were not efficient. That's far different from Appalachian State in a competitive Sun Belt conference that the Mountaineers won for the first time ever. The Sun Belt ranked No. 16 by KenPom, and head coach Dustin Kerns has a cohesive and connected team that will enjoy playing with more pace in this game.

3. Wichita State - Team Total Points (Over 69)

Drake gets leading scorer ShanQuan Hemphill back for this game. The senior forward broke his foot in early Feb., and he'll come off the bench with limited minutes. But Drake is still without their point guard and assist leader, who suffered a season-ending injury in mid-February. There is very little depth on the Bulldogs, who have an average defensive profile. Wichita State will try to push pace a little more and create turnovers and fouls. Lead guard Tyson Etienne leads the Shockers in scoring and Wichita State scored at least 63 points against top defensive teams Houston and Oklahoma State in three games. They'll have more success against Drake.


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