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Florida State vs Michigan – Best Player and Team Props to Bet

Jordan Horrobin

by Jordan Horrobin in College Basketball

Mar 26, 2021 · 7:02 PM PDT

Michigan's Hunter Dickinson looking to pass the ball during a NCAA March Madness game.
Michigan's Hunter Dickinson (1) looks to pass during a first-round game against Texas Southern in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Michigan won 82-66. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
  • #4 Florida State battles #1 Michigan on Sunday, March 28th at 5 pm ET in the third round of the NCAA tournament
  • The Wolverines survived a scare in the second round, while the Seminoles have had mostly smooth sailing to this point
  • Which player and team props represent the best betting value? See the top available offerings below

March Madness is always prime territory for upsets, but it’s still a bit odd that #1 Michigan versus #4 Florida State (5 pm ET tip-off on Sunday) is the only chalk matchup in the Sweet 16.

Maybe you like the Wolverines as the narrow favorites, or perhaps you see value in the Seminoles based on their impressive play to this point. Or maybe you’re looking for something a little different.

If you’ve chosen door number three, congratulations! We’ve got some prop bets pertaining to this game that we’d love to discuss. See them all below from FanDuel .

Florida State vs Michigan Player Props

Player Points Assists Rebounds Three-pointers made
Mike Smith (FSU) 11.5 (O -104 | U -120) 5.5 (O +114 | U -142) 2.5 (O +106 | U -132) 1.5 (O +172 | U -220)
Anthony Polite (FSU) 9.5 (O -142 | U +114) 1.5 (O -104 | U -122) 4.5 (O -116 | U -108) 1.5 (O +134| U -168)
Hunter Dickinson (Michigan) 13.5 (O -114 | U -110) Off 5.5 (O -112 | U -112) Off
Eli Brooks (Michigan) 11.5 (O -132 | U +106) 3.5 (O +134| U -172) 3.5 (O -102| U -122) 1.5 (O -106 | U -118)

All odds as of March 26th

A Freshman Flop From Dickinson

Let’s appreciate Hunter Dickinson’s exceptional freshman year with Michigan for a moment. The 7-foot-1 big man entered a very experienced group and has emerged as the leading scorer (14.2 points per game) and rebounder (7.5 rebounds per game). He is, quite literally, a huge part of their success this season.

But we think Florida State can put the clamps on Dickinson and prevent him from busting out for a big game this weekend.

The Seminoles have a very strong defense as it is (21st in NCAA Division I in effective field goal percentage allowed), but they’re particularly adept at stopping the inside game. Florida State allows just 43.9% shooting on two-point attempts, which is 10th in D-I.

That’s really the only area Dickinson shoots from. He only has four attempts all season — and none since Feb. 18 — does now seem like the time to experiment from deep? No.

Dickinson’s scoring numbers have been up-and-down lately, and he has failed to clear that 13.5-point threshold in 11 of his past 16 games (68.8%). We like that to continue.

Pick: Hunter Dickinson Under 13.5 points (-110)

Polite, Can You Please Shoot More Threes?

Neither Michigan nor Florida State incorporate a high volume of three-pointers into their normal offensive systems but both teams are quite efficient when they do let the deep shots fly (both teams rank inside D-I’s top 20 in three-point percentage).

For the Seminoles, Anthony Polite is as good as it gets in that regard. He’s shooting 44% from deep this season — he just doesn’t always shoot from beyond the arc.

Last game, we saw Polite bury 4-of-7 three-pointers in a win against Colorado. Great, right? Well, he combined to go just 4-of-15 in his previous five games. That’s not what we’re looking for.

Hopefully Polite will build off of last game’s deep-shooting success — especially if Florida State finds itself trailing and needs to score in bunches.

Pick: Anthony Polite Over 1.5 three-pointers (+134)

Florida State vs Michigan Team Props

Team First Half Money Line First Half Point Spread Total Points
Florida State +116 +1.5 (-116) 70.5 (O -110| U -110)
Michigan -136 -1.5 (-106) 73 (O -110 | U -110)

It’s All About Who You Like

First half spreads and money lines are fun because you can hedge or double down depending on how you’re feeling about the teams involved. We’re looking at this one-point spread for Michigan at half and really liking what we’re seeing.

The Wolverines have led at half in five of their past six games. If you’re bullish on them like we are, the value for this first half point spread is a really interesting play.

Pick: Michigan first half -1.5 (-106)

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