The Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament tips off this weekend and Monkey Knife Fight has contests to add to your enjoyment.There are four games on the Sunday schedule.
- The No. 1 team in the country, the Gonzaga Bulldogs does battle with the No. 5 seed Creighton Blue Jays to see which team will advance in the West Region.
- In the East Region, the top-seeded Michigan Wolverines take on the fourth-seeded Florida State Seminoles.
- Continuing in the East Region, the No. 11 UCLA Bruins try to keep their Cinderella story alive but they face a tough test against No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide.
- Finally, the No. 6 Oregon Ducks will match up against the No. 7 USC Trojans, a meeting of Pac-12 teams.
There were a lot of upsets in the first weekend of the tournament. Can the unpredictable continue this week?
Here are some Fantasy Basketball Monkey Knife Fight Picks to consider when playing Sunday’s college basketball action.
Drew Timme LESS THAN 18.5 POINTS
The sophomore forward with the sweet ‘stache, Timme is averaging 18.8 points per game this season and just dropped 30 on Oklahoma but he had been held to 18 points or less in five straight prior to going off on the Sooners.
Marcus Zegarowski MORE THAN 16.5 POINTS
A junior guard, Zegarowski is averaging 15.7 points per game and has scored at least 17 points in five of the past six games. Can he do it against the No. 1 team in the country? Well, Gonzaga is okay defensively but they are more apt to outscore the Blue Jays and that does leave Zegarowski room to get to at least 17 points.
Jalen Suggs +0.5 FANTASY POINTS vs. Corey Kispert
Suggs, Gonzaga’s freshman point guard, is averaging 14.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists with 2.0 steals per game. His average game this season has yielded a little more than 31.0 fantasy points per game. Kispert, the senior forward, is averaging 19.2 points per game, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He put up 30.1 fantasy points per game; he is the better scorer but Suggs’ defensive stats make him a lively underdog in this matchup of teammates.
Damien Jefferson +1.5 rebounds vs. Corey Kispert
Jefferson, the 6-foot-5 Creighton forward, is averaging 5.4 rebounds per game, which is more than Kispert’s average of 4.9 rebounds per game. Jefferson does have some wild fluctuations in his totals from game to game but getting an extra 1.5 rebounds per game makes him a viable play as the underdog.
Hunter Dickinson LESS THAN 13.5 POINTS
Michigan’s freshman center has put up 14.2 points per game this season but he has gone through some games in which he doesn’t get enough touches – he has been held to eight shots or less in five of the past seven games – to really take advantage offensively.
Raiquan Gray MORE THAN 12.5 POINTS
The Seminoles forward is averaging 12.0 points per game on the season but has been held to single digits in three of the past four games but had scored 13 or more points in seven of the last eight games that he played before that.
Anthony Polite +1.5 REBOUNDS vs. Franz Wagner
A junior forward at Florida State, Polite has averaged 4.5 rebounds per game this season but has grabbed at least five rebounds in five of the past six games. Wagner is averaging 6.3 boards per game and has recorded at least six rebounds in five of the past six games. That’s not enough of an advantage to like Wagner as the favorite.
Johnny Juzang MORE THAN 17.5 POINTS
UCLA’s leading scorer, the sophomore guard is averaging 15.1 points per game but has scored 67 points in three tournament games, including the Bruins’ play-in victory.
Jaden Shackleford LESS THAN 14.5 POINTS
The sophomore guard is Alabama’s leading scorer at 14.3 points per game but has been held to 14 points or less in four of the past six games.
Herbert Jones -2.5 FANTASY POINTS vs. Jaime Jacquez Jr.
Jacquez, UCLA’s sophomore guard, has produced nearly 26 fantasy points per game this season. Jones fills in more categories on the stat sheet and the senior forward has put up nearly 30 fantasy points per game. That is enough of an edge to prefer Jones in this matchup.
Evan Mobley MORE THAN 16.5 POINTS
A top draft prospect, Mobley is a 7-foot freshman center for USC and had scored at least 17 points in three straight games before taking a backseat in a blowout win against Kansas in the second round of the tournament.
Eugene Omoruyi LESS THAN 15.5 POINTS
Oregon’s senior forward has made steady progress throughout his career and is averaging 16.7 points per game this season. He scored just nine points in the regular season matchup against USC.
Chris Duarte MORE THAN 14.5 POINTS
The Ducks’ senior guard had been a slump before scoring 23 points against Iowa in the second round of the tournament. He is averaging 17.3 points per game so it does not seem like an unreasonable expectation that he could still put up at least 15 against the Trojans.
L.J. Figueroa +1.5 REBOUNDS vs. Isaiah Mobley
Figueroa, a senior guard for Oregon has put up 6.2 rebounds per game which makes him a lively underdog in this matchup. Mobley, a sophomore forward for USC, is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game and that average has been sliding as he has grabbed 6.3 per game over the past eight.
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