The college basketball slate for Sunday, March 20, opens up the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament and provides some great CBB DFS picks. Here we will go over the top CBB picks for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy college basketball lineups as well as the best plays from each price range. Don’t forget to visit the CBB DFS projections and Awesemo College Basketball pages.
March Madness CBB DFS Picks Today
Stud CBB Picks Today
EJ Liddell ($9,200) — The final day of the Round of 32, today’s DFS slate has multiple elite studs. At the top, Kofi Cockburn finds himself in a tough matchup against a stout Houston defense. Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis aggravated an existing ankle injury and also finds himself in a tough matchup. One player with fewer concerns is Ohio State’s EJ Liddell. Ohio State is a five-point underdog to Villanova in a game with a 131.5-point total. However, Liddell continues to play nearly every minute for Ohio State, while exploiting a lack of size for Villanova. Liddell has a 20.9% usage rate this year, consisting of a 22.8% shot rate, 31.6% rebound rate, and 15.4% assist rate over the last three games. He is a rock-solid play here.
Paolo Banchero ($9,100) — One of the better game environments to target, Duke is a 6.5-point favorite over Michigan State in a game with a 145-point total. Duke also has a usage monster in freshman Paolo Banchero. Over the last three games, Banchero has played 33, 37, and 38 minutes for Duke, contributing a 21.2% shot rate, 27.1% rebound rate, and 23.1% assist rate for the Blue Devils. Michigan State ranks 136th in defensive efficiency, creating a solid environment to target Banchero here. Mark Williams is also an excellent play for tournaments.
Bennedict Mathurin ($7,800) — After a letdown performance in a dream matchup against Wright State, the field may incorrectly move away from Bennedict Mathurin. Arizona still plays in an elite game environment a ten point favorite over TCU in a game with a 143.5-point total. Mathurin has played 33, 39, and 34 minutes for Arizona over the last four games, contributing a 26.5% shot rate, 11.6% rebound rate, and 18.2% assist rate. Mathurin and Azuolas Tubelis are both strong buy lows here.
Timmy Allen ($7,100) — Texas faces Purdue as a three-point underdog in a game with a 134 total. While Purdue has a clear size advantage, the Boilermakers rank 189th in defensive efficiency. Texas has continued to use Timmy Allen as their alpha scorer of late. Allen has played 34, 36, and 40 minutes for Texas over the last three games. In that span, he has a 21.4% shot rate, 20.7% rebound rate, and 22% assist rate for the Longhorns. Chris Beard has occasionally switched his rotation, adding some concern. However, Allen looks like a solid GPP play here against Purdue. Outside of these four Walker Kessler, Jabari Smith, Kyler Edwards, Azuolas Tubelis and Izaiah Brockington make sense for tournaments as well.
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Mid-Range CBB Picks Today
Kameron McGusty ($6,900) — One of the better game environments here, Miami draws a pace up spot against Auburn. Overall, the Hurricanes remain 7.5-point underdogs in a game with a 144.5-point total. While the entire starting five for Auburn remains in play, Miami’s Kameron McGusty also looks underpriced. McGusty has played 37, 38, and 43 minutes in Miami’s last three games. He leads the team in usage and contributed a 27.5% shot rate, 20.5% rebound rate, and 9.1% assist rate over the last three games for the Hurricanes. Auburn plays excellent defense, but a reduced price for McGusty looks attractive in game stacks.
Mike Miles ($6,400) — For TCU, the studs are a bit underpriced in a pace-up spot against Arizona. TCU blew out Seton Hall in Round 1, allowing the studs to get some extra rest. Mike Miles has now played 28, 33, and 34 minutes for TCU over the last three games, contributing a 27.9% shot rate, 12.4% rebound rate, and 21.6% assist rate. Behind an overall 20.2% usage rate, Miles should be able to exploit an Arizona defense that allowed nearly 80 points to Wright State in Round 1.
Kevin McCullar ($5,700) — Texas Tech is an eight point favorite over Notre Dame in a game with a 131.5-point total. Tech blew out Montana State in Round 1, leading to reduced minutes for the starters. Previously injured towards the end of the year, Kevin McCullar has played 33 and 30 minutes for Texas Tech prior to the most recent blowout. He has consistent rates across the board and faces a Notre Dame defense ranked 163rd in efficiency.
Kyle Young ($5,000) — For those looking at cheaper options in the Ohio State game, Kyle Young returned to the lineup against Loyola and played 35 minutes. Young’s usage rate sits at 13.4%. However, Young also exploits a weakness for Villanova in the frontcourt. Villanova ranks 121st in interior defense and 201st in rebounding, setting up Liddell and Young for solid performances here.
CBB Value Picks Today
Jeremy Roach ($4,900) — First, it should be noted that today’s slate has poor value options. Fortunately, Duke sent Trevor Keels to the bench, starting Jeremy Roach in their most recent game. This allowed Roach to play 35 minutes minutes and maximize his otherwise pedestrian 13.9% usage rate. Without many alternatives here, Roach provides much needed salary relief.
Andre Curbelo ($4,800) — After missing a vast majority of the regular season for Illinois, Andre Curbelo has eased into action. Fortunately, Curbelo has seen ascending minutes, playing 22, 28, and 30 in Illinois’ last three games. Crubelo remains extremely volatile, but he has a 20.6% usage rate when he’s on the floor. This includes a 15.6% shot rate, 15.5% rebound rate, and 31.8% assist rate over the last three games. Even against an elite Houston defense, Curbelo’s usage and salary relief are too much to pass up here.
Max Christie ($4,300) — Again, today’s slate is short on value, pushing wind-sprinter Max Christie towards the top. Christie has played 27, 29, and 32 minutes in Michigan State’s last three games. He has an 11.7% shot rate, 9.8% rebound rate, and 7.5% assist rate in that span. His minutes have also been declining after regularly playing above 30 minutes throughout the year. Still, this is a brutal value slate.
Gabe Kalscheur ($4,100) — Perhaps the worst game environment on the slate, Iowa State is a five point underdog to Wisconsin in a game with a 126-point total. Iowa State does provide some potential salary relief with Gabe Kalscheur. Kalscheur has played 30, 37, and 25 minutes for Iowa State over their last thee games, providing a 15.3% shot rate, 10.4% rebound rate, and 10.6% assist rate. While the usage leaves much to be desired, the price is very attractive on a tightly priced slate today.
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