The 2023 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight wraps up on Sunday with two more regional final matchups in the March Madness bracket. We have Creighton vs. San Diego State and then Miami (FL) vs. Texas with a pair of Final Four berths on the line. Let's dive into some CBB DFS picks for both DraftKings and FanDuel as the first game gets started early at 2:20 pm ET. If you're looking to play college basketball DFS, get full access to our CBB DFS Playbooks and Core Plays with a Fantasy Alarm All-Pro Subscription. If you have any questions about CBB daily fantasy lineup strategy, ask away in the Fantasy Alarm Discord chat. Now, let's jump into the CBB DFS picks and top plays for Thursday, March 23rd.


NCAA Tournament Elite Eight College Basketball Betting Odds March 26

(per DraftKings Sportsbook)

  • 2:20 pm ET – Creighton (-2) vs. San Diego State – 135 O/U
  • 5:05 pm ET – Miami FL vs. Texas (-4) – 149.5 O/U

CBB Projected Team Totals


  1. Texas – 79
  2. Miami FL – 74
  3. Creighton – 68
  4. San Diego State – 67


College Basketball CBB DFS Picks 3/26

CBB DFS Top Plays

Ryan KalkbrennerCRESDSU810030.36880029.15
Kalkbrenner has been a top DFS play for us all season and he’s continued the stellar play in the NCAA Tournament. The Creighton big man went off for 31 points with 48 DK vs NC State in the first round and then had 22 points with 32 DK vs Princeton last game. The matchup vs San Diego State is a slight worry, but Kalkbrenner is still the top forward stud to lock into cash lineups with how well he and Creighton are playing offensively right now.
Marcus CarrUTMIA750029.45740027.45
The Texas point guard should be a popular play on this slate in a pace-boost matchup vs Miami. We know Carr is going to be heavily involved in the Longhorns’ offense with his high-usage PG role, and that should result in a safe cash DFS performance today. Carr just had 18 points, six assist, and 32 DK in a similar uptempo matchup vs Xaver in the Sweet 16. We should see something similar from him today, especially if Dylan Disu is sidelined for Texas.
Isaiah WongMIAUT730030.13760028.02
Miami’s strength has been in its guard play all season and Wong is a big reason why the Canes are still alive. The ACC Player of the Year has scored 27 and 20 points in the past two games with 40 and 32 DK, respectively. If he can stay aggressive and efficient scoring-wise vs Texas here, then he’ll be one of the slate’s top plays for a third straight game. This matchup sets up to be a higher-scoring one and Wong will play a role in Miami pushing the pace.
Trey AlexanderCRESDSU720026.27650024.34
Alexander has come up big for Creighton in the past two games with 17 and 19 points scored and 35 and 31 DK, respectively. Even though Kalkbrenner, Scheierman, and Nembhard tend to be bigger parts of the offense, Alexander’s scoring is a big reason why the Jays are in the Elite Eight. He’s priced really cheap for his recent production and makes for an ideal GPP target on this slate. The matchup vs San Diego State is definitely a tough one, but Alexander has the upside to be one of the top DFS performers today.
Timmy AllenUTMIA690024.5660023.09
Texas is definitely a team to target overall today on the short slate with the best matchup on paper in a pace boost against Miami’s inconsistent defense. Timmy Allen has stepped up with 29 and 27 DK in the past two games with stat production across the board while playing big minutes. He’s even more important to Texas if Dylan Disu is out today. The price tags on both sites put him in GPP range, but the upside/ceiling is there in a favorable spot and with Allen playing much better than he had been recently.

Also Consider:

  • Baylor Scheierman – Creighton (GPP)
  • Norchad Omier – Miami FL (Cash)
  • Ryan Nembhard – Creighton (Cash/GPP)
  • Nijel Pack – Miami FL (GPP)

CBB DFS Value Plays

Tyrese HunterUTMIA590019.69490017.92
Hunter sometimes gets forgotten about in the Texas lineup because other guys have stepped up big time late in the season and overshadowed him. Still, this is a premier talented guard who can play with the best on both ends and led Iowa State to a deep Tournament run just a year ago. With Dylan Disu sidelined last game, Hunter reminded everyone of his ceiling with 19 points and 29 DK. With Disu likely out or at least limited, Hunter should take on a bigger offensive role once again and he’s a top value in all formats on this slate.
Micah ParrishSDSUCRE500015.71510014.26
San Diego State has a few cheap guys worth considering today. Lamont Butler, Darrion Trammell, Nathan Mensah, and Jaedon LeDee honestly all have the upside to smash their value price tags at their best. We’ve seen ceiling games from a few of them in this NCAA Tournament too. One solid cash value from SDSU, though, is Parrish. The backup wing tends to do enough across the board to generate enough DFS production and return value as a bargain. SDSU will need his versatility and length on the floor vs Creighton’s slew of offensive weapons.
Christian BishopUTMIA450014.75470014.04
If Dylan Disu is out tonight, then Bishop should be a great value like he was last game. The backup big man stepped up for 18 points, nine rebounds, and 28 DK in the Sweet 16 after Disu went out early. Bishop is a likely candidate to start if his teammate is indeed sidelined. There’s a chance we get plenty of minutes for Bishop anyway with Disu probably limited if he does suit up. He’s had GPP upside at times this season but the bigger role gives him a much stronger cash floor now.

Also Consider:

  • Darrion Trammell – San Diego State (GPP)
  • Jaedon LeDee – San Diego State (GPP)
  • Brock Cunningham – Texas (GPP/Cash)


CBB DFS Core Plays 

DraftKings Core:

  • Marcus Carr – Texas
  • Ryan Kalkbrenner – Creighton
  • Christian Bishop – Texas

FanDuel Core:

  • Marcus Carr – Texas
  • Isaiah Wong – Miami FL
  • Tyrese Hunter – Texas

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