The Final Four tips off on Saturday with Baylor vs. Houston and Gonzaga vs. UCLA and BetRivers.com is proud to provide a wide variety of Final Four player props, game lines and teasers. With just four teams and three games left, it is a great time to focus on Final Four player props as we’ve had a chance to hone in on key players and trends over the past to weekends.
Longtime national college basketball writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Network, breaks down his favorite Final Four player props for the upcoming weekend.
FINAL FOUR PLAYER PROPS
DEJON JARREAU OVER 4.5 ASSISTS (+110)
I think that Jarreau is going to end up being the key to this game for Houston on both ends of the floor.
We’ll start with the offensive side of the ball. Texas Tech and Baylor play really similar no-middle defenses, and when Houston went up against Texas Tech earlier this season, the Cougars had a really savvy game-plan for how to beat the no-middle defense. Jordan Sperber did the leg work editing the videos here:
Houston came well prepared for the Texas Tech no-middle defense to start the game. Created 3 open threes in a row by going 5-out and just probing towards the baseline to draw the low help for a skip pass pic.twitter.com/gFKosNGSUD
— Jordan Sperber (@hoopvision68) November 29, 2020
Jarreau is going to be one of the guys for Houston to break the Baylor defense down. I’m not overly concerned about the fact that he’ll spend some time being defended by Davion Mitchell because A) I think Mitchell’s focus should be Quentin Grimes, and B) Baylor switches so much that worrying about specific matchups is silly. If Houston is going to be competitive in this one, they’re going to have to make threes. And if they’re making threes, many of them are going to be coming from Jarreau assists.
DAVION MITCHELL UNDER 21.5 POINTS, REBOUNDS, ASSISTS (+120)
I LOVE Davion Mitchell. I might even be a Davion Mitchell stan. I think that he’s the best player on Baylor, he’s the best NBA prospect in the Final Four not named Jalen Suggs and that he is going to be an absolute nightmare for just about anyone to guard.
If there’s one guy in this Final Four that might be able to give him some trouble, it’s DeJon Jarreau. The thing that makes Davion so dangerous is his ability to hit jumpers off the dribble out to the three-point line combined his with otherworldly burst off the bounce. Jarreau is not as explosive, but he’s quick laterally and, more importantly, he has a ton of length. He should be able to contest Davion’s jumper while also remaining capable of being a nuisance at the rim if he gets beaten off the bounce because of the ground he can make up.
JALEN SUGGS OVER 24.5 POINTS, REBOUNDS, ASSISTS (-113)
Who is going to guard Jalen Suggs on Saturday night?
Is it going to be Tyger Campbell, who is all of 6-foot? Will you put one of your bigger wings on him and trust Campbell to deal with Andrew Nembhard or Joel Ayayi — who can post him up — or Kispert — who can shoot over the top of him? And if this game turns into UCLA being able to get out and run, as I expect, I do think that Suggs will be a major beneficiary, to say nothing of the fact that if UCLA fades going to the offensive glass, Suggs will be able to pad his rebounding total a la Russ Westbrook.
JAIME JAQUEZ OVER 12.5 POINTS (-113)
This is where I think UCLA will have the biggest advantage against Gonzaga. I’m not sure that the Zags have anyone that is strong enough to deal with Jaquez when they are playing their best five. Jaquez is a 6-foot-7, powerful wing that can play in the post, finish around the basket and shoot over the top of smaller defenders. Given the amount of attention that is going to be paid to Johnny Juzang, I think that Saturday will be a day where Jaquez is the guy to go off for the Bruins.