With 185 games involving Division I teams serving as the perfect season-opening day, we have you covered with the first rendition of our daily college basketball player props and best bets for Monday based on the best college basketball odds.
The UConn Huskies earned bettors who backed them to win the national title before the season started a significant amount of money, boasting preseason odds of +8000. These odds were the highest preseason odds of any of UConn’s three championship teams dating back to 2010-11 (2013-14 +6500, 2010-11 +4000). However, they now have much shorter +1600 odds at DraftKings to take home this year’s title and achieve the distinction of becoming the first repeat champions since the Florida Gators in 2006 and 2007.
Here are our college basketball player props and best bets for Monday (odds via our best March Madness betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
- Samford vs. Purdue (-19.5)
- Northern Arizona vs. UConn (-24.5)
- Radford vs. North Carolina (-17.5)
- American vs. Villanova (-22.5)
- North Carolina Central vs. Kansas (-27.5)
- USC (-2.5) vs. Kansas State
Monday’s college basketball best bets
- Fletcher Loyer (Purdue) Over 1.5 3-pointers made vs. Samford (-115 via bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Tyrese Proctor (Duke) Over 11.5 points vs. Dartmouth (-115 via bet365)
- Grand Canyon -16.5 vs. Southeast Missouri State (-110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- New Mexico State +18 vs. Kentucky (-110 via Caesars) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Monday’s college basketball player props
Fletcher Loyer (Purdue) Over 1.5 3-pointers made vs. Samford (-115 via bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fletcher Loyer made just 32.6% of his 3-point attempts last season, but that did not prevent him from getting long-range shots up in bulk — his 181 attempts from beyond the arc were 68 more than the next-highest Boilermaker. Loyer should be a much more consistent offensive contributor in his sophomore season, and he made two-plus 3-point attempts in seven of 12 non-conference games last year. The attention paid to reigning National Player of the Year Zach Edey will benefit Loyer as teams sag on the 7-foot-4 big man in the paint. Edey is also a tremendous passer out of double teams, and Samford ranked 331st in allowing opponents to shoot 37.0% from beyond the arc last year.
Tyrese Proctor (Duke) Over 11.5 points vs. Dartmouth (-115 via bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Much attention is paid to Duke’s Kyle Filipowski as the biggest challenger to dethrone Zach Edey as the Wooden Award winner. Still, sophomore guard Tyrese Proctor is going largely unnoticed as a player ready to take the next step on a stacked Duke roster. Proctor got his rightful due from the ACC Digital Network, who ranked him fourth on their list of the thirteen-best ACC players this season.
In the previous season, head coach Jon Scheyer increasingly relied on Proctor's performance, especially during the latter part of the campaign. Initially, as a freshman, Proctor scored in double figures only once in the first seven games, but he showed significant improvement by recording 10 or more points in seven of the final 10 games. Moreover, he played over 30 minutes in 10 of the last 12 games, reflecting his growing importance to the team.
With Duke’s projected team total at O/U 84.5, he should take advantage of a Dartmouth defense that ranked sixth or worse in defensive efficiency, effective field goal percentage, and both 2-point and 3-point field goal percentage allowed in Ivy League play last year. Caesars (-127) and DraftKings (-120) charge more in juice to back the same number, so our go-to shop is bet365
Monday’s college basketball game picks
Grand Canyon -16.5 vs. Southeast Missouri State (-110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Grand Canyon head coach Bryce Drew has his program headed in the right direction with palpable buzz following last year’s WAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament bid. The Antelopes return their top two scorers (Ray Harrison and Gabe McGlothan) from a team that won a school-record 24 games last year, and they will look to guide the team to a third NCAA Tournament in the previous four years.
Grand Canyon added a slew of impact transfers in Sydney Curry (Louisville) and Duke Brennan (Arizona State), but the one who could make the most waves is Collin Moore, Georgia State’s leader in points and steals last year. The Grand Canyon crowd is always electric, and the environment will prove to be too difficult for a SEMO team that also made the NCAA Tournament as a No. 16 seed last year but whose lightning-fast tempo (it ranked seventh in KenPom’s adjusted tempo) will play right into Grand Canyon’s hands.
New Mexico State +18 vs. Kentucky (-110 via Caesars) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
New Mexico State is one of Conference USA’s new-look teams, as the league lost five of the top six teams from last year’s standings. The Aggies are generating little to no buzz after going 2-16 in WAC play last season and are projected to finish eighth out of nine teams in the preseason CUSA poll. However, they get a complete roster overhaul with no player or coach returning from last year’s underperforming squad, which makes them a huge wild card (and perhaps an undervalued one) to start the season.
Kentucky should be severely shorthanded in the frontcourt to start the season, as Aaron Bradshaw, Ugonna Onyenso, and Zvonimir Ivisic are dealing with injuries or other eligibility issues. While its freshman class is arguably the most talented in the country, it will take time to gel, and head coach John Calipari will likely spend the first two tuneups of the season before next week’s clash with No. 1 Kansas getting his youngsters up to speed and mixing and matching lineups to figure out the best early-season rotations.
College basketball best bets made 11/6/2023 at 6:47 a.m. ET
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