Gonzaga’s sophomore forward is averaging 18.9 points per game and has scored 52 points on 73% shooting in the past two games. Thing is, that is not some wild percentage for Timme, who is shooting 65.7% from the field this season, so there may be a better chance that he can continue piling up points but USC’s defense is solid, allowing 64.5 points per game.
Evan Mobley MORE THAN 15.5 POINTS
USC’s star freshman center, who is expected to be one of the top couple of picks in this year’s draft, is averaging 16.3 points per game this season but has been held to 10 points in back-to-back games. There should be a simple fix: get Mobley more shots. He has 10 points on six field goal attempts in each of the past two games and, even if Mobley likes to let the game come to him, that is not going to be enough if the Trojans are going to pull off the upset.
Corey Kispert LESS THAN 17.5 POINTS
The senior Bulldogs forward leads the team with 19.0 points per game but has been held to 17 points or less in four of the past five games. Going against a USC Trojans squad that can play defense is enough reason to have doubts about Kispert scoring a bunch of points.
Corey Kispert +1.5 FANTASY POINTS vs. Jalen Suggs
Suggs, the freshman guard, contributes in a variety of ways to the Bulldogs, averaging 13.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.0 steals per game on his way to nearly 30.8 fantasy points per game. Kispert, the team’s leading scorer, is more dependent on his scoring totals to carry the day and he is averaging 30.1 fantasy points per game.
Joel Ayayi -0.5 REBOUNDS vs. Isaiah Mobley
Ayayi, a junior guard for Gonazaga, crashes the boards hard, averaging 7.1 rebounds per game with at least eight rebounds in five straight games. Mobley is grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game for USC but his average is down to 6.3 per game in the tournament.
UCLA’s sophomore guard is leading the Bruins with 15.0 points per game and has scored at least 17 points in three of the past four games but Michigan knows what they are doing defensively so it could be tough for Juzang to generate a lot of offense.
Franz Wagner LESS THAN 13.5 POINTS
The Wolverines sophomore is averaging 12.8 points per game but has been held to 13 points or less in three of the past four games.
Tyger Campbell MORE THAN 4.5 ASSISTS
In the past nine games, UCLA’s sophomore point guard has alternated going above and below this number. He is averaging 5.4 assists per game so it is not unreasonable to expect at least five assists.
Jaime Jacquez Jr. LESS THAN 27.5 FANTASY POINTS
The sophomore Bruins guard is versatile and is averaging 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.2 steals on his way to nearly 26.5 fantasy points per game. Should he be expected to put up bigger numbers against a strong Michigan squad?
Hunter Dickinson -1.5 REBOUNDS vs. Jaime Jacquez Jr.
While Jacquez is averaging 6.1 rebounds per game, he has been more aggressive on the glass in the tournament, averaging 7.7 rebounds per game. Dickinson is putting up 7.6 rebounds per game this season and has 19 rebounds in the past two games. He only had two rebounds in the first-round game against Texas Southern but that was a such a lopsided game and Dickinson was in foul trouble. So there may be ways that Jacquez wins this matchup but Dickinson has the higher rebounding ceiling.