NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Odds

NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Odds

With only 16 teams remaining in the Field of 64, the choices to seize the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player have been narrowed to a manageable list of contenders. Kentucky, Arizona, and Duke boast eleven candidates capable of taking home the hardware. However, as Shabazz Napier proved a year ago, skilled scorers from lower seeds are solid bets to make a run at overtaking the favorites. And there is no shortage of talented players who warrant serious consideration. Here are the odds to win the MOP.

Willie Cauley-Stein 4/1 – A surprising leader considering he’s totaled 16 points and 13 rebounds in the opening two games. He can get hot, especially on the glass, but there are a couple of his teammates who are more deserving.

Karl Anthony-Towns 7/1 – Like this guy. If he can stay out of foul trouble, Towns has the post game to dominate. He’s racked 18 rebounds and 6 blocks in two games and will be a great matchup for West Virginia power forward Devin Williams.

Trey Lyles 15/2 – Went for 11 and 11 in the victory over Cincinnati and is getting plenty of minutes to make a significant impact. That said, all the Kentucky big men could easily cancel each other out unless one of the three really stands out.

Aaron Harrison 10/1 – Hey look, another Wildcat. Guards usually crush in the Final Four, but Harrison doesn’t shoot enough to be a legitimate threat. Just way too many mouths to feed.

Jahlil Okafor 10/1 – Finally, someone from another team. Lest we forget, Okafor is the best freshman in the country. He shredded Robert Morris and San Diego State for 47 points on 21-27 shooting.

Frank Kaminsky 12/1 – At this number, Kaminsky is a bargain. He’s the probable Player of the Year who plays better against elite competition. The only reason he doesn’t have lower odds is because Vegas believes Arizona will beat Wisconsin in the West Region Final.

Johnson/Ashley/McConnell 16/1 – Speaking of Arizona, the other ‘Cats’ Big Three are all smart plays, particularly Johnson, who is a streaky scorer with the tools to take over games by himself.

Kyle Wiltjer 16/1 – If the Zags are going to go against their own recent history and advance to the Final Four, it will be due to Wiltjer going on a tear. Like Okafor, he’s been near perfect thus far and possesses the skill set to control the offensive paint.

Quinn Cook 25/1 – If the Blue Devils win a fifth championship, it won’t be because of their trio of terrific freshman. It will be because of their lone senior. Cook is a three-point terror who has notched at least 13 points in eleven of his last twelve.

Travis Trice 25/1 – He’s a guard. He’s a senior. He’s a three-point specialist. He can distribute. Trice checks all the boxes necessary to be a MOP. A showdown with old rival Duke would be must-see action.

Fred VanVleet 40/1 – He, not backcourt mate Ron Baker, has been the more potent scorer down the stretch. Getting past Notre Dame and Kentucky won’t be easy, though.

Jerian Grant 66/1 – Great player on a hot team that has the offensive firepower to reach Indianapolis. Of all the longshots, Grant has the most appeal.