College Basketball Player Props: 3 Top Selections for Feb. 26, Including Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr.
Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images. Pictured: Wendell Moore Jr. (Duke)
We’ve climbed all the way back from that terrible 0-3 start to this player props series, as we now sit at 9-9.
With this being the last full slate of 140 plus games, I’ve found three props that are sure to make some of the best matchups even more profitable.
Moore has been considered the veteran leader of this Duke team, and he has led not only through experience, but through his play on the court.
Moore can do it all from an offensive standpoint. However, he has upped his scoring output of late.
Moore has put up double-digit scoring efforts in three of his last four ball games, and the odds are in his favor to add in another one against Syracuse.
For all the trouble their famed zone has given opponents over the years, the Orange have not been a particularly good defensive team this season. They are 192nd in adjusted defensive efficiency, and allow the country’s second-highest share of points from beyond the arc.
That is something that Moore and the Blue Devils took advantage of in the first meeting vs. Cuse.
In that game back in January, Moore had his fifth-highest number of shot attempts, including a season-high seven 3-point attempts. He drained three of them on the way to a 15-point outing.
This meeting should look similar, as the Orange may push the pace more on their home floor.
Yes, this number is juiced, but the book has given us a gift here. Kriisa has become the leading facilitator of the high-powered Arizona offense. The Wildcats play with tempo and efficiency, unlike any other team in the country.
That style of play has led to a ton of offensive possessions, which has enabled Kriisa to pile up the assists.
Arizona has the highest assist-to-field goal ratio in the country, and Kriisa’s stat sheet shows it. He averages five assists per game and has racked up five or more assists in 16 of 26 games this season.
One of his best performances came against his opponent today, the Colorado Buffaloes. Kriisa was Stockton-esque, as he piled up 10 assists in the first meeting vs. the Buffs.
There is nothing against him potentially hitting that mark again, as the Arizona offense has been firing on all cylinders of late.
In fact, Kriisa is coming off of another 10-assist performance. It won’t be surprising if he makes it two in a row.
The senior big man has developed into the Red Raiders’ best offensive weapon, as he now leads the team in usage and offensive rating. However, this number is a bit rich, even for a player of his caliber.
Williams averages 13.6 points per game on the season, and managed to post 16 points in the first meeting against TCU just a few weeks ago.
It may not be so easy for Williams to score this time around, though. The Horned Frogs have defenders who can match up with Williams down low, and they make any low-post touch a difficult one.
There are also some external factors that will impact Willams’ scoring output.
The first is that he will be on the road in this matchup. His shooting percentage is significantly lower away from home this season, as it drops from 62.3% at home to 43.4% away from Lubbock.
Secondly, the pace of this matchup may be drastically different. The first meeting finished with a total of 151 points, which would smash the total that oddsmakers are expecting for this one (131).
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