CBB Player Props for Late Games on Thursday, March 21: Devries Could Go Off On Washington State

Ernie Horn
By Ernie HornPublished: March 21, 2024
CBB Player Props for Late Games on Thursday, March 21: Devries Could Go Off On Washington State

Even casual sports fans enjoy this time of year as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament kicks off a wild 48-game stretch Thursday through Sunday evening. With office pools and tournament challenges readily available, as many as 100 million individuals will fill out their guesses for who will win this year’s championship trophy.

For bettors, this is also a dream scenario. With nearly 50 games to choose from over the next four days, wagers on every game – including the athletes that are impacting those outcomes – are plentiful. Which player prop bets should individuals observe for Thursday’s late games? We’ll cover our top four player prop bets for tonight’s late-tip tournament games.

Saint Peter Peacocks’ Corey Washington OVER 20.5 Pts + Reb

Two seasons ago, the No. 15 Saint Peter’s Peacocks (19-13) became the Cinderella darlings of the NCAA Tournament ball. In 2022, Saint Peter’s advanced to the Elite Eight before succumbing to North Carolina.

If this year’s team will have similar success as a 15-seed, the Peacocks will need a standout performance by 6’ 6” sophomore Corey Washington. The forward from Sherwood, Arkansas, is averaging 16.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per outing in the regular season. In the MAAC tournament, Washington averaged 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in three games.

Tonight’s opponent is the No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers (24-8). While Tennessee should run away with this contest early, expect Washington to play the majority of the contest against a Volunteer team that is not known for its defense, easily eclipsing the 20.5-market to cover this player combo prop bet.

North Carolina State Wolfpack’s Mohamed Diarra UNDER 10.5 Rebounds

The darlings of the ACC Tournament were the No. 11 seed NC State Wolfpack (22-14). A 10th seed heading into the tournament, the Wolfpack won five games in as many days thanks in part to 6’ 10” forward Mohamad Diarra, who nearly collected a double-double in those five games with 9.4 points and 12.0 rebounds during the span.

Against No. 6 seed Texas Tech Raiders (23-10) Thursday, bettors should expect Diarra’s performance to return to his normal stat line of 6.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per outing. Texas Tech’s forward Warren Washington is a 7’ senior who controls the paint, and his size and athleticism will give Diarra troubles and keep him from covering this player prop bet.

Samford Bulldogs’ Rylan Jones OVER 2.5 3-Point Field Goals

Here’s an extreme underdog pick for bettors. The No. 13 Samford Bulldogs (29-5) have only a handful of quality wins to their credit. Samford likes to press throughout the contest, and the team will rotate multiple upperclassmen throughout the 40-minute contest.

One such player is Rylan Jones. The 6’ guard from Logan, Utah averages only 9.4 points per contest, but he’s an extremely accurate three-point shooter. On the season, Jones leads Samford with 55 triples, hitting those at a nearly 45% accuracy.

Against the No. 4 seed Kansas Jayhawks (22-10), expect the Bulldogs to play loose as the underdogs. A half-court offense predicated on hitting three-point shots gives Samford a fighting chance, and we like Jones’ odds of hitting of covering this player prop bet as he has 11 games this season to his credit having made three or more three-point field goals.

Drake Bulldogs’ Tucker Devries OVER 19.5 Points

The No. 10 seed Drake Bulldogs (28-6) earned their berth in the NCAA Tournament by downing Indiana State in the MVC Championship. Their star is 6’ 7” guard Tucker Devries, a junior who has averaged 21.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists this season. In the MVC championship game, Devries poured in 27 points while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists.

Drake faces the No. 7 seed Washington State Cougars (24-9) in Omaha Thursday night. The Cougars have been a defensive-first team, holding opponents to just under 67 points per contest. Although Washington State will attempt to hold Devries to a minimal point total, expect the Bulldogs’ offense to flow through their standout enough to cover this player prop bet.

Ernie Horn

Ernie Horn

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Ernie brings 25 years of experience in the newspaper sector to the table. Initially, he dedicated his career to sports journalism, both reporting and editing, before transitioning to the digital sphere in 2022. At EatWatchDraft, Ernie focuses on covering college football and NFL Daily Fantasy Sports.