CBB Player Prop Bets for Friday Late Games on March 22: Shead Should Dish Out Plenty of Assists Against Longwood

Matt Brown
By Matt BrownPublished: March 22, 2024
CBB Player Prop Bets for Friday Late Games on March 22: Shead Should Dish Out Plenty of Assists Against Longwood

The madness has begun! With only two upsets in the first 16 games, should fans expect more chalk for Friday’s contests? Or should fans anticipate multiple upsets Friday in one of the wildest seasons NCAA men’s basketball viewers have seen in recent years?

With two 5-vs-12 seed games on tap, which players should bettors expect to have their best games when they matter most? Read on for our four best player prop bets from late Friday NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament action.

Houston Cougars’ Jamal Shead OVER 6.5 Assists

The No. 1 seed Houston Cougars (30-4) should feel little pressure Friday night in their opening-round game against the No. 16 Longwood Lancers (21-13). Houston’s resume speaks for itself, showing the Cougars are one of the favorites to win the entire tournament.

One reason this team is so dangerous is the unselfish play of senior guard Jamal Shead. The Manor, Texas, native is leading the team with 6.2 assists per game as well as scoring 13.1 points per night. Expect Shead to find plenty of open teammates in their tournament opener and easily eclipse the 6.5-assist mark to cover this player prop bet.

James Madison Dukes’ T.J. Bickerstaff OVER 7.5 Rebounds

One of the top underdogs this weekend is the No. 12 James Madison Dukes (31-3). With the No. 5 seed Wisconsin Badgers (22-13) up next, analysts and commentators alike predict James Madison will earn a victory Friday night. The Dukes already have multiple wins over teams that entered the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, including perennial power Michigan State.

One reason for their success is their ability to control the glass. James Madison’s T.J. Bickerstaff ranks in the top 60 in the country, averaging 8.5 rebounds per contest. Bickerstaff has recorded double-figure rebounds in four of his team’s past six games, giving bettors confidence the 6’ 9” senior will do so again late Friday night.

Utah State Aggies’ Darius Brown OVER 2.5 3-Point Field Goals

Utah State (27-6) finished ranked 20th in the final AP poll, but the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee showed the Aggies little respect. As a No. 8 seed, the Aggies have a chip on their shoulder facing off against the No. 9 seed TCU Horned Frogs (21-12).

Senior guard Darius Brown II will use that motivation to overwhelm TCU’s perimeter defense. Brown II averages just 1.8 three-point field goals per game, but the Pasadena, California, product has finished with 3+ 3-point shots nine times this season, including four of the past nine games. Expect Brown to pop off tonight and easily cover this player prop bet.

Saint Mary’s Gaels’ Aidan Mahaney OVER 14.5 Points

To earn the No. 5 seed this year, the Saint Mary’s Gaels (26-7) used their stellar defense to win games. The Gaels allowed just under 59 points per contest in 2023-24, ranking as the second-best scoring defense among 360 teams.

Against the No. 12 Grand Canyon Lopes (29-4), the Gaels will need some offense to go along with their staunch defensive efforts. Expect that to be provided by Saint Mary’s leading scorer in guard Aiden Mahaney. The 6’ 3” sophomore has scored at least 15 points in each of his last three games, giving bettors confidence he’ll do the same tonight to cover this player prop bet.

Matt Brown

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