National Championship prop bets for Virginia and Texas Tech

Apr 6, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard Ty Jerome (11) celebrates after beating the Auburn Tigers in the semifinals of the 2019 men's Final Four at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

If picking the point spread or the tantalizingly-low over/under total isn’t enough for National Championship sports bettors Monday night when Virginia and Texas Tech meet for the national championship, there are some National Championship prop bets you can jump on to make things interesting throughout.

Here are some National Championship prop bets, via FanDuel Sportsbook, worth considering (for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, be sure to check out our odds page at USA TODAY Sports:

First Half Money Line – Virginia (-120), Texas Tech (+100)

Texas Tech brings their smothering defensive style of play to the National Championship. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Texas Tech only trailed Gonzaga at the half and the Cavaliers haven’t trailed at halftime since Gardner-Webb in the first round. On a coin-flip bet, you take the better odds, which would be the Red Raiders.

First Half Total Points – O/U 53.5 (over -115, under -105)

Virginia’s first-half point totals allowed the last four games have been 53, 52, 59 and 59 – playing teams that tried to push the ball up the floor quicker than Texas Tech.

In two of the last three games, the Red Raiders have gone way under that number – 40 total points vs. Michigan and 44 against Michigan State. Take the under, as it is unlikely someone will be shooting the lights out.

The same should apply to the total point O/U projections of 59½ for Virginia and 58½ for Texas Tech.

In the tournament, Virginia has held three of its five opponents to 56 points or less and, outside of Gonzaga, Texas Tech has allowed 57, 58, 44 and 51 points – a strong under history against teams that aren’t as painfully deliberate as Virginia.

First Half Over/Under for Virginia – 27 points (even: -115)

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Gonzaga is the only team to score more than 26 points in the first half against Texas Tech. The other four scored 26, 25, 16 and 21. A strong under call here.

First Half Over/Under for Texas Tech – 26½ points (even -115)

In their last four games, Virginia has allowed 22, 22, 29 and 28 first-half points against teams that try to score a lot faster than the Red Raiders. An under trend is developing.

First Basket Scored

Jarrett Culver (+500), De’Andre Hunter (+600), Kyle Guy (+600), Ty Jerome (+650), Matt Mooney (+750), Davide Moretti (+825), Mamadi Diakite (+900), Tariq Owens (+900), Norense Odiase (+1200), Kihei Clark (+1500)

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The props for each player makes sense – you give the lower odds to the top scorers.

However, both teams are likely going to try to push the ball inside early. In the last two games, Diakite has scored the first basket for Virginia and he took the first shot (and missed) in the Sweet 16 game.

If you take the first shot three times in a row, it’s a trend.

The only Red Raider to score the first basket more than once is Odiase, so taking the higher odds with Diakite and Odiase are the value bets.

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