- Jermaine Samuels has +1400 odds to score 20 points and 4 total three-pointers.
- Eric Dixon has +1700 odds to record 11+ rebounds and for Villanova to win.
- Remy Martin has +425 odds to record 5 assists and for Kansas to win.
NEW ORLEANS – The matchup between the Kansas Jayhawks and Villanova Wildcats is set to be one of the closer matchups of the tournament being that there is just a 4-point spread on the game.
However, aside from the game lines, there are plenty of player props to keep an eye on that offer massive payouts.
One thing that could affect some of the player props on the Villanova side will be the absence of Justin Moore who tore his Achilles in the Elite 8. Moore was the Wildcats' second-highest scorer (14.8 ppg) and third-highest rebounder (4.8 rpg).
Jermaine Samuels Player Prop
J. Samuels To Score 20+ Points, 4+ Three-Pointers Odds
- Yes +1400
Even with longer odds on online sportsbooks, these are well worth the risk considering that Jermain Samuels is now the second-highest scorer (11.1 ppg) on the team without Moore. That said, he will have to step up on the offensive end if the Wildcats even want a chance of knocking off the Jayhawks.
Looking at how he matches up with this prop, the 20+ point mark should not be too difficult for him to reach as he has scored over that mark twice in tournament season. On the three-pointer side of the bet is where things could get tricky as he has only hit 4 or more three-pointers once this season. Going back to Moore’s absence, it should have a positive impact on Samuels' three-point shooting as he was attempting six threes per game before going down. Samuels will certainly have to look to the three-point line to fill the hole that Moore left behind.
Eric Dixon Player Prop
E. Dixon To Have 11+ Rebounds And VILL To Win Odds
- Yes +1700
Eric Dixon is already the second-highest rebounder on the team putting up 6.4 rpg this season. When it comes to the 11+ rebound mark he has done this once which came earlier in the year. In the Wildcats' last three games though he has done a solid job posting 8, 7, and 9 rebounds. Without Moore though, these numbers are sure to see an increase as well as he was responsible for 4.8 rpg.
As for their March Madness odds to win, this could be the tough part being that the reality of the situation is that they are missing a key offensive player in Moore where Kansas could look to take advantage of the missing piece. However, if Villanova could come together and fill the gaps correctly and effectively, they could be looking at winning a close one.
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Remy Martin Player Prop
Remy Martin To Have 5+ Assists And Kansas To Win Odds
- Yes +425
Although sitting with the shortest of the three odds, this has a strong possibility of happening. Martin, the Arizona State transfer, has recorded 5 or more assists in a game four times this season which the Jayhawks won all four of those games.
While he has not done so since late January, his numbers have been solid throughout the Big 12 Tournament and March Madness. In those seven games, he has recorded four assists on three occasions.
Something else worth noting is that the Jayhawks leading passer, Dajuan Harris, has been in a slump in the assist category going for three or fewer assists in four of their last five games.
Also, Martin has seen his minutes increase drastically going from less than 20 minutes per game in their last five regular-season games to 20+ throughout March Madness which has caused his assist numbers to increase.
With the odds already in favor of the Jayhawks to win, it is up to Martin to continue streaking in the assist category and pick up the slack from Harris.
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