What’s interesting about this Final Four is that you really can’t point to one dominant player on any of these teams; you know, someone who is the guy for whom, you would be surprised if he did not have a huge scoring game. At least that’s the way I look at it.
Observers and BetOnline customers will likely be looking at four ensemble-type efforts on the part of these teams, none of whom came into the tournament as a #1 seed. And so it’s a difficult task to make a prediction as to who will be scoring the most points over their next two games.
The challenge for Final Four bettors is to pick someone from list of outstanding players:
taken on more of a point guard role, so we know he’ll have the ball in his hands.
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Most Points in Final Four (Listed Only)
Jordan Hawkins (UCONN) +325
Adama Sanogo (UCONN) +400
Isaiah Wong (Miami FL) +550
Johnell Davis (FAU) +575
Jordan Miller (Miami FL) +600
Lamont Butler (SDSU) +1200
Matt Bradley (SDSU) +1200
Nijel Pack (Miami FL) +1200
Alijah Martin (FAU) +1400
Darrion Trammell (SDSU) +1400
Vladislav Goldin (FAU) +1600
HAWKINS (+325) is the guy who is gaining the most NBA traction coming into the weekend. The 6-6 guard averaged 16.3 points this season and has been a very solid shooter from downtown (38.5%) and the free throw line (88.6%). If Miami makes a concerted effort to stop him from three-point territory, it should be noted that Hawkins is just 3-of-14 inside the arc. His forte is that he can really move without the ball to get himself in shooting position.
SANOGO (+400) is shooting 67% for the NCAA Tournament, but his scoring totals have decreased with each game (28 to 24 to 18 to 10). He is an excellent offensive rebounder, so he could put back his own misses; however, because backup Donovan Clingan is so capable, that might cut into his playing time.
WONG (+550), the ACC Player of the Year, is a pure scorer who averaged 16.2 ppg. But the Miami backcourt is so talented that he may find himself in a “sharing” situation with Nijel Pack and Wooga Poplar.
DAVIS (+575) had a monster game against Fairleigh Dickinson, scoring 29 points. But that’s the only time in the last 17 games that he’s exceeded 20 points. And he has hit only four of his 24 attempts from beyond the three-point line over the last eight games.
MILLER (+600) is a hot hand right now. The 6-7 Miami swingman exploded for 27 points against Texas in the Elite Eight, making all seven of his field goal attempts, with a perfect 13-for-13 at the line. We’ll see if that’s a one-off or not. He does a lot work in the paint, but he may not do a lot of business against UConn’s big guys.
BRADLEY (+1200) has been known as a very reliable offensive player for San Diego State. But he’s tallied just 35 points in his last two games and is only 6-for-27 from the field over his last three games. Do you really want to ride that wave of non-momentum?
PACK (+1200) might be a pretty good dark horse for us, but, like anybody else on this list,. he’s got to get through to the championship game. Pack is part of that loaded Miami backcourt and would obviously have to out-do teammate Isaiah Wong. He would also have to make some long-distance shots. But the Kansas State transfer, who was All-Big 12 last year, has scored 74 points in the tournament, and had seven triples against Houston in the Sweet 16 game. Since February 13, he mas missed ONE free throw. He has