After going 1-0 last weekend and having the future of Kansas go from +1100 to +500, the first weekend of 2022 March Madness was a success. The Sweet 16 is upon us and there are some tremendous matchups on the slate for Thursday night. OddsShopper has you covered for every NCAAB bet, including player props, so be sure to stay tuned throughout the day to lock in your bet with the best possible odds on the market. The focus of this piece will be one side and one player prop, covering the two most entertaining games on tonight’s slate. Let’s dive into the best college basketball picks today and Sweet 16 March Madness predictions.
College Basketball Picks: 2022 March Madness Sweet 16
Texas Tech vs. Duke: Kevin McCullar Prop Bet
The No. 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders are set to play the No. 2 seed Duke Blue Devils in what may be Coach K’s last game. This game is currently a pick-em and to be honest, it is a true coin flip game. Both sides are coming off of a close round of 32 games and are now battle-tested as they prepare for their biggest test of the season. With this game expected to be so close and truly a 50-50 game, the attention should turn to the player prop market where the starters on each team will play significant minutes. Using the OddsShopper tool, Texas Tech guard Kevin McCullar has some fantastic value in the assist prop market. In tonight’s game, Duke will look to up the tempo on the Red Raiders which will force them into more field goal attempts. McCullar currently has an assist prop coming in at 2.5 with -105 odds to the over and that is the play in this game. Duke is in the bottom half of the country in assists allowed per game to guards and teams playing Duke have seen 88% of their points come from field goals with Duke fouling at the second-lowest rate in the country. When taking into account the Big 12 Tournament and their first two tournament games thus far, McCullar has surpassed the 2.5 assists in four of five. OddsShopper currently gives this prop a 58% chance of winning with an 11% ROI. In a game that will be close with the Red Raiders taking a lot of shots, take a shot on McCullar and this assist number.
Best College Basketball Pick Today: Kevin McCullar Over 2.5 Assists (-105)
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Houston vs. Arizona
Heading to the South region, the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats are facing off against the No. 5 Houston Cougars in a game that features another small spread. The spread currently sits at Arizona -1.5 with an over/under of 145.5. This game has all the makings to be the best game thus far in the tournament and it should provide great entertainment late Thursday night with a 9:59 P.M. EST start time. Although the Wildcats got a scare from TCU last weekend, they are built to make a deep run to the final four. This team features a high-scoring offense that averages 84.6 points per game and will look to keep their tempo up against a Huston Cougars team that averages 75.8. Although Houston has become the trendy underdog pick throughout the week, the play tonight is Arizona -1.5 at -110 odds. Although Houston had a strong run last year and features a roster of players who know how to win, the Arizona offense will have just too much firepower in tonight’s matchup. Benedict Mathurin is the Wildcats’ most consistent player and is destined to be a high draft pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Mathurin was strong down the stretch against TCU and he provides Arizona with a trustworthy scorer who can create for himself in important moments in the game. Pairing Mathurin with Christian Koloko and Azuolas Tubelis in the paint, the Wildcats not only have the best player on the court but also the best bigs in the game. Houston will give Arizona a great fight, but in a 40-minute game, the Wildcats will outlast the Cougars behind another strong game from their offensive weapons.
Best College Basketball Pick Today: Arizona Wildcats -1.5 (-110)
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