- Ja Morant recorded a triple-double in Murray State’s win in the first round of March Madness
- The future lottery pick posted 17 points, 16 assists & 11 rebounds as the #12 Racers dominated #5 Marquette 83-64
- Morant’s odds to record another triple-double vs Florida State are at +700
Move over Zion Williamson. Your old AAU teammate Ja Morant wants a piece of the NCAA Tournament action.
Thanks to BetOnline, you can get some action on Morant, as well.
Odds Ja Morant Records a Triple-Double vs Florida State
|Will Ja Morant record a triple-double vs FSU?||Odds at BetOnline (Mar. 22)|
After Morant posted a dazzling 17-point, 16-assist, 11-rebound line in #12 Murray State’s upset #5 Marquette on Thursday, BetOnline released a prop bet on whether he will repeat his triple-double performance when the Racers tangle with #4 Florida State in the Round of 32.
Morant In Select Company
Shaquille O’Neal. Draymond Green. Dwyane Wade: Morant is keeping some pretty good company.
Ja Morant becomes the 8th player to record a triple-double in a NCAA tournament game.
He joins Shaq, Draymond and D-Wade … some great company 👏 pic.twitter.com/178syN4Xe6
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 21, 2019
He’s just the eighth player to record a triple-double in NCAA tournament history, and the first to do so since Green recorded triple-doubles in back-to-back years for Michigan State in 2011 and 2012.
It was the third triple-double recorded by Morant this season. He recorded one on Nov. 24 against Missouri and another on Feb. 28 vs Morehead State.
He joined Andre Iguodala, Hassan Whiteside, Stephane Lasme, and Kyle Collinsworth as the only NCAA players with three or more triple-doubles in a single season over the past 20 years.
His 16 assists were the second-most ever recorded in a March Madness game. UNLV’s Mark Wade had 18 assists all the way back in 1987.
Can He Double Down on Triple-Doubles?
That’s not very likely. Green is the only player to do it twice in NCAA Tournament history and his came in separate years.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 22, 2019
BYU’s Collinsworth holds the NCAA single-season record with six triple-doubles, a feat he recorded twice (2014-15 and 2015-16). But he never posted triple-doubles in back-to-back games.
In NCAA history, six players have posted triple-doubles in consecutive games: Vermont’s Kevin Roberson (Jan. 7-9, 1992); O’Neal with LSU (Feb. 19-22, 1992); Anfernee Hardaway of Memphis (Jan. 4-6, 1993); SMU’s Gerald Lewis (Mar. 3-6, 1993); David Edwards of Texas A&M (Mar. 5-10, 1994); and Tony Lee of Robert Morris (Feb. 9-14, 2008).
None of them did it during March Madness.
The odds are strongly against Morant turning in two triple-doubles. The thing is, the Racers may need him to do so if they maintain any hope of beating the Seminoles, so while the “Yes” side doesn’t quite have value at +700, the “No” side is terrifying.