Welcome to Brian’s CBB slate breakdown. In this article, I will share a few of my top plays on the slate, and discuss who you should target in cash and gpp contests. If you would like to gain access to our CBB core plays, final thoughts, and premium discord, click here.
Xavier Pinson (Mizzou) vs. South Carolina
Pinson is the usage leader for this Mizzou team, with a usage rate of 32%. He finds himself in an up-tempo matchup tonight vs. South Carolina, who are in the top 25 in the country in tempo according to Kenpom. Pinson has shown great scoring upside, and in a game like this should be able to contribute in assist and rebounds as well. I really like his price point and think he is a safe 4x option with 5-6x upside.
Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois) vs. Penn State
Ayo absolutely dominated this matchup last time he faced Penn State. He scored 30 points and added in 6 rebounds and 5 assist. Penn State allow teams to shoot at a high percentage. I expect Ayo to come out and play aggressive tonight, and should be able to get to the rim at will. Ayo is priced below 9k and has 50+ point upside. I love Ayo in all formats today, and will be one of my top spend ups on this slate.
Others to consider: X. Johnson (Pitt); M. Smith (Mizzou); AJ Lawson (USC); I. Horton (Pitt); C. Thomas (LSU); J. Springer (Tenn); K. Johnson (Tenn); D. Stewart Jr. (MSU); J. Smart (LSU); J. Petty Jr. (ALA)
Herb Jones (Alabama) vs. LSU
Herb Jones is one of the best values on this slate in my opinion. This Alabama/LSU game is definitely one we want to target with both teams expected to score over 80 points. Jones has the ball in his hands a lot, and is the usage leader for this Alabama team. He is very active and productive in all areas of the game. He is one of the strongest plays in all formats tonight.
Trendon Watford (LSU) vs. Alabama
Watford should thrive in this up-tempo environment tonight. He is a really talented scorer, but also is very active in assist, rebounding and steals. He is playing over 35 mpg and is averaging 21 ppg. Again, this Bama/LSU game is one that we will want to load up on, and Watford is the main piece I want to target from LSU. With how active he is across all statistical categories, he comes with an elite ceiling tonight. Great play in all formats!
Hunter Dickinson (MICH) vs. Maryland
Anytime you can play a dominant big vs. Maryland you take that opportunity every time. Dickinson absolutely destroyed this Maryland frontcourt last time out. He posted 26 points and 11 rebounds last time he faced them. He is one of the strongest plays on the slate, and should have no issues with scoring on the block, racking up rebounds and also adding in a few blocks. Dickinson has shown really nice upside lately, but is also a player with one of the safest floors of anyone on this slate.
Others to consider: J. Champagnie (PITT); J. Johnson (Duke); K. Cockburn (Ill); D. Days (LSU); A. Reese (ALA); T. Williams (PUR); C. Castleton (FLA); K. Bryant (USC); W. Leveque (USC)