March Madness 2013 Odds: Highlighting Saturday's Best Player Prop Bets
It's hard to imagine anything more entertaining than the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament, but if you're looking to spice up the action even more this March, there's a seemingly endless list of fun player prop bets to choose from.
Whether it's Tim Hardaway Jr.'s points and rebounds total or Kelly Olynyk's total scoring output, there's a bet for every big-time player on Saturday.
Below, we'll highlight some of the day's top player prop bets.
*All odds according to Sportsbook.com.
How Many Points Will Trey Burke Score Against VCU?
Trey Burke is one of the top scorers in all of college basketball, but after watching him score just six points in Thursday's win over South Dakota State, it's certainly no guarantee he'll reach his 19-point season average on Saturday against VCU.
But this player prop bet focuses on Burke and his scoring output this weekend.
Michigan and VCU will tip off the round of 32 on Saturday afternoon in Auburn Hills, where the number to remember is 20. Will Burke pour in more or less than 20 points against the Rams?
He averages 18.8 points per game this season and has scored 20 or more points in four of Michigan's last six games. But he is only 10-of-34 (29 percent) from the field in his last two outings, and if he doesn't find his rhythm early against a very talented VCU squad, even 10 points could be hard to come by.
Over 20 (-115)
Under 20 (-115)
Peyton Siva Scoring and Dishing
Another intriguing player prop bet centers on Peyton Siva and his scoring and assist numbers. The Louisville point guard will take center stage when the Cardinals take on the Colorado State Rams on Saturday.
The number to keep in mind here is 14.5. Do you think Siva will combine for 14 or fewer points and assists, or 15 or more combined?
Siva is averaging 9.9 points and 5.9 assists per game this season, 15.8 per game combined. But he combined for just 14 points and assists in Louisville's win over North Carolina A&T on Thursday. This is a very tough bet that really could go either way. But if you take a look at Siva's last four games before the start of the NCAA tournament, you'll find that he surpassed the 15-point/assist mark three times.
Over looks like the safer bet here, but be wary of the madness this time of year.
Over 14.5 (-125)
Under 14.5 (-105)
Will Elias Harris Bounce Back?
Our final prop bet focuses on Gonzaga senior forward Elias Harris, who struggled mightily in the Bulldogs' second-round win over 16th-seeded Southern on Thursday.
Which player prop bet is the easiest in your eyes?
Here, the key number is 23. Will Harris account for more or less than 23 combined points and rebounds on Saturday against Wichita State in Salt Lake City?
Harris, who averages 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game (22.1 combined), scored just five points on 2-of-10 shooting in the round of 64, and reeled in eight rebounds. But it's very unlikely that Harris turns out another effort like that in the third round.
The 6'8" forward had hit the 23 mark in each of his last three games coming into the NCAA tournament and is Gonzaga's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. Going with the over is bold after Thursday's performance, but the potential for a big game from Harris is definitely there.
Over 23 (-115)
Under 23 (-115)
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