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College basketball best bets.
College basketball best bets.

The MTE (Multiple-Team Events) season in college basketball gets underway on Thursday, and we have you covered with our daily college basketball player props and best bets for Thursday based on the best college basketball odds from our best sports betting apps.

Starting today and continuing through Thanksgiving weekend, college basketball enthusiasts will enjoy numerous early-season tournaments held at neutral venues, providing teams with a rigorous non-conference challenge prior to the commencement of league competitions. The action kicks off with the Myrtle Beach Invitational at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday and extends with games from the Charleston Classic and Vivid Seats Legends Classic later in the day, offering a packed schedule of matchups.

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

Thursday’s college basketball schedule and odds

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Thursday’s college basketball best bets

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Thursday’s college basketball player props

Gibson Jimerson Over 15.5 points vs. Wyoming (-110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A solid trio of Yuri Collins, Javonte Perkins, and Javon Pickett led a Saint Louis team that was expected to struggle in 2023-24 after they all departed. However, three Bilikens have stepped in seamlessly to average 15.0 points or better through three games, and we expect Gibson Jimerson to continue that success while exceeding his scoring average on Thursday.

Jimerson is the only Bilikens player averaging more than 27 minutes per game, and despite ranking third on the team in shot attempts, he's been efficient while making 50% of his 3-point attempts and 43.5% from the field altogether. Expect the ball to be in his hands a lot down the stretch if Saint Louis is leading as a 3.5-point favorite, as Jimerson is a 90% free-throw shooter (he went 15-for-17 from the line in a win over Illinois State) and will likely be called upon to ice the game late. 

Early trends suggest Wyoming’s rim protection is much more elite than its defense of the perimeter, as the Cowboys rank in the top 55 nationally in 2-point percentage allowed. Jimerson should therefore log a productive day, just as he did against Lincoln, when the guard made five of six 3-point attempts.

We're choosing DraftKings as our go-to shop because bet365 is offering a slightly higher -115 price for an Over of 15.5 points.

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Charles Pride (St. Bonaventure) Over 22.5 points + rebounds + assists (-125 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐

Bryant transfer Charles Pride is one of three senior starters for St. Bonaventure. Head coach Mark Schmidt clearly believes in his skill set, as Pride has played 77 of a possible 80 minutes through three games in 2023-24.

Pride has only registered two total assists on the season, but he combined for 30 points, rebounds, and assists in the season opener against Longwood and 25 against Canisius. Granted, Oklahoma State is by far the toughest opponent the Bonnies have faced this season, but Pride should come close to cashing this Over on points alone. That will start with his prowess from the 3-point line, as DraftKings set his total for 3-pointers made at 1.5 with a steep price of -170 to cash the Over.  

This is a three-star play because Oklahoma State shot 5-for-23 from 3-point range during a loss to Abilene Christian. There should be plenty of misses for Pride to rack up rebounds in a game with a 135.5-point total.

Thursday’s college basketball game picks

Furman +1.5 vs. Liberty (-110 via BetMGM) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Myrtle Beach Invitational is one of the best under-the-radar tournaments this November. Its eight participants are a combined 16-1. Furman is ranked No. 5 in the Field of 68 Mid-Major top 25 poll, while Liberty is No. 14. The Paladins return 56% of the minutes from a team that went 28-8 last year before knocking off Virginia in the NCAA Tournament.

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Furman’s JP Pegues has filled in admirably for 2022-23 leading scorer Mike Bothwell (17.7 points per game), scoring 23 points during his season debut against Belmont after missing the opener with an ankle injury. The Paladins forego a typical ball-screen offense for more of a spacing and catch-and-shoot brand of basketball.

While their top three leading scorers have combined to shoot an average of 32.3% from 3-point range, positive regression should come against a Liberty defense that ranks 292nd in defending the perimeter during 2023-24. Conversely, Furman ranks fourth-best in Division I in that area, and Liberty is still getting used to life without 2022-23 leading scorer Darius McGhee, whose 22.8 points per game were more than double the next-highest scorer.  

BetMGM is the lone shop offering a line of +1.5, as all other competitors are featuring Liberty as a one-point favorite. But we feel good about this wager considering the line is moving in Furman’s favor, as the school was as high as a 2.5-point underdog on Wednesday. 

UMass Lowell +6 vs. Arizona State (-115 via Caesars, DraftKings, bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

UMass Lowell faces its second consecutive Power Five opponent after edging Georgia Tech 74-71 to improve to 3-0. That result shouldn't be too shocking considering the River Hawks return three starters from a team that won 26 games in 2022-23 and lost in the America East finals to Vermont, a school that's won the regular-season conference title in seven consecutive years.

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UMass Lowell features one of the more undersized frontcourts in the country. But Arizona State shouldn't expose that flaw after it finished outside the top 160 in rebounding margin during 2022-23, and the school is rebounding just 22.4% of its misses this season (307th). 

This is a confident five-star play, as the Sun Devils lost by 15 in their season opener to a Mississippi State squad that was missing last year’s All-SEC forward, Tolu Smith. UMass Lowell ranks in the top 16 in the country in effective field-goal percentage defense and 3-point percentage allowed (15.7%), and we'll take all the points we can get in what should be a defensive struggle.

We don't mind paying up slightly to grab the six points at Caesars, DraftKings, or bet365, as other competitors like FanDuel have lowered from +6 to +5.5.

College basketball best bets made 11/16/2023 at 6:38 a.m. ET

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