College Basketball Player Props: 3 Picks for Jan. 22, Including Miami’s Isaiah Wong
Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images. Pictured: Isaiah Wong (Miami)
We stumbled out of the gate here, as this piece went 0-3 last Saturday.
Though like every bet we place, we win or learn. I have learned my lessons from last week and poured them into this week’s selections, as I am determined to get us back on track.
Speaking of this week’s picks, I have a trio of ACC plays that will make some of the slate’s best games even better.
Let’s dive in.
This season, the Hurricanes sophomore guard has taken a giant stride and has become a threat from behind the arc. Wong’s percentage may not be eye-popping — as he’s a modest 33% from behind the arc — but what caught my eye is his uptick in volume.
Over his last three games, Wong has attempted 16 3s, sinking nine of them. His rise in volume reflects his confidence, which is most important when it comes to shooters.
His last game was a confidence booster, as he went a season-high 5-of-8 from downtown.
That momentum should carry over into this matchup with the Florida State Seminoles, who are the 293rd team in the nation in terms of 3-point percentage allowed.
Everything seems to be trending in Wong’s favor to hit this mark.
Everyone loves a plus money prop, especially when the matchup is this favorable.
The Louisville big man averages 8.8 rebounds per game and has gone over this total in nine of 17 games this season.
Williams will be facing the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, which is 328th in offensive rebounding percentage this season. He will be matched up with Notre Dame’s big man Paul Atkinson Jr.. Williams will have a drastic edge over Atkinson, as he’s two inches taller and outweighs him by about 40 pounds.
The Cardinals are the far better defensive team in this matchup, and we already went over how bad Notre Dame is on the offensive glass.
I’m expecting Williams to be a vacuum out on the court today.
It’s difficult to fade a team’s best player, but this matchup has multiple components in this prop’s favor.
First, Seabron and the rest of the Wolfpack are facing the Virginia Cavaliers, whose style of play not only shortens games but lessens opportunities to fill up the stat sheet.
Secondly, Seabron is an excellent rebounder — with an average of 9.5 per game — as a 6-foot-7 guard.
The Cavaliers have three rebounders of their own who will keep him off the boards in this one, though. Seabron will have to contend with Jayden Gardner, who stands at 6-foot-6, and a pair of trees in Kadin Shedrick and Francisco Caffaro, who are 6-foot-11 and 7-foot-1, respectively.
These matchup disparities might not only keep Seabron off the glass, but get him off of the floor with foul trouble. Surprisingly, he’s had at least two fouls in 10 of the last 11 games.