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College basketball best bets.
College basketball best bets.

Tuesday’s college basketball action provides a glimpse into what March Madness may look like with plenty of high-profile matchups on tap, and we have you covered with our daily college basketball player props and best bets for Tuesday based on the best college basketball odds.

Since its inception in 2011, the Champions Classic has been one of the most hyped early-season college basketball events. This year’s doubleheader involving Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky, and Kansas takes place at the United Center in Chicago, and surprisingly, the loser of the Duke vs. Michigan State matchup will have two early-season defeats on its resume. The Gavitt Tipoff Games also provides three thrilling matchups pitting some of the best Big East and Big Ten schools against each other.

Here are our college basketball player props and best bets for Tuesday (odds via our best March Madness betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Tuesday’s college basketball schedule and odds

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Tuesday’s college basketball best bets

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Tuesday’s college basketball player props

Malik Hall (Michigan State) Over 7.5 points vs. Duke (-140 via bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Duke had one of the best rim protectors in Dereck Lively II last year, yet it still ranked in the fourth percentile in one-on-one post defense, per Synergy. That, coupled with its 10th percentile grade defending in transition, means Spartans head coach Tom Izzo will likely get his bigs easy buckets out in transition or play through the post more than he has the first two games. That strategy also allows for possibly getting the Blue Devils leading scorer, Kyle Filipowski (25.0 points per game), in foul trouble.

Malik Hall scored four points on 12 shot attempts in the season-opening loss against James Madison but was much more efficient with 12 points on six attempts against Southern Indiana, as he also got to the free throw line six times. He can stretch a defense from 3-point range and will be an integral part of the Spartans offense tonight. 

DraftKings has the same line for this wager, but it comes at a higher price of -150 to back the Over, so make sure to use our bet365 bonus code: SBRBONUS to get the best price.

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Kevin McCullar (Kansas) Over 21.5 points + rebounds + assists vs. Kentucky (-125 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kevin McCullar has the second-highest points + rebounds + assists projected total of any Jayhawks player. While prized transfer Hunter Dickinson’s O/U of 28.5 is higher, we expect Kansas head coach Bill Self to lean on his most experienced player in one of the team’s two biggest non-conference games.

In last year’s early non-conference action, McCullar totaled 20 PRAs against Duke, 24 against NC State, 30 against Wisconsin, 24 against Tennessee, and 28 against Seton Hall. And in a Jan. 28 meeting against Kentucky, McCullar scored 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out two assists. Thus, even when McCullar is not lighting up the scoreboard, he finds other ways to fill up the stat sheet, which is why we are foregoing the O/U on his projected 13.5-point total.

Our Shane Jackson, meanwhile, is targeting McCullar's points prop for his favorite Kansas vs. Kentucky prediction.

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Tuesday’s college basketball game picks

Illinois -1.5 vs. Marquette (-110 via BetMGM, Caesars, bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Marquette is a top-4 team that beat last year’s national champion twice last season, and yet is a road underdog against No. 23 Illinois. That line suggests that First Team All-American point guard Tyler Kolek, who is day-to-day with an ankle injury he suffered against Rider, will either not play or have his minutes limited, especially with a trip to the Maui Invitational on the horizon. 

Illinois finished last season with eight wins in its last nine home Big Ten games, and the Fighting Illini are the 16th-most experienced team in the country. This line should tick up even more if Kolek is ruled out, so take advantage of the low number, as curious as it is, while you can. 

Our best sports betting apps are in unison with the 1.5-point spread, but DraftKings (-115) and FanDuel (-120) charge more to back the favorites.

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Creighton -11.5 vs. Iowa (-114 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐

Creighton was one point away (a 57-56 loss to San Diego State) from reaching the Final Four last year, and somehow, it is going largely under the radar this season despite returning 53.1% of its minutes from a season ago. 

The Bluejays are one of the most elite offensive teams in the country, averaging 97 points per game through two games and ranking in the top two in the country in both effective field goal percentage and 2-point shooting. Trey Alexander is one of two Big East players to score 20-plus points in each of the first two games. He and the rest of his supporting cast should torch an Iowa defense that has ranked worse in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency metric for three consecutive years, with last year’s No. 168 ranking being the third-worst in the Fran McCaffery era (since 2011).

This line is already up from yesterday’s number of -10, and we are taking advantage of the lone -11.5 that remains, as Creighton is as high as 12.5-point favorites at BetMGM. Ensure you get the best price on this wager using our FanDuel promo code.

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College basketball best bets made 11/14/2023 at 6:43 a.m. ET

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