2021 NCAA Tournament Odds: Final Four Most Outstanding Player Bets to Consider Before Sweet 16
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The Final Four is a week away, but odds are posted and available for the Most Outstanding Player.
Gonzaga’s trio of stars — Corey Kisper, Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs — make up three of the top four favorites on the oddsboard at DraftKings. The Bulldogs are the favorite to be the last team standing but if they get upset, there’s value available for someone else to win the award.
No winner has come from a team that didn’t win the national championship since Hakeem Olajuwon for Houston in 1983, so being on the winning team is clearly important.
Oftentimes, the player odds are better than the individual team odds so it creates another avenue to get a bet down.
Two of our college basketball experts weigh in on what they’re looking for in the Most Outstanding Player market.
DeJon Jarreau’s importance at point guard and the hip story actually make him an interesting MOP candidate if Houston was to cut down the nets, and UH certainly has a fairly favorable path to the Final Four. Jarreau also has the ability to fill up a stat sheet, having posted the first triple-double at Houston earlier this season since Bo Outlaw in the early 1990s.
However, Quentin Grimes (20-1) will probably lead the team in scoring and be another viable option, so I have no interest in taking an MOP from Houston.
That said, if Jarreau isn’t healthy, Syracuse is certainly capable of pulling off the upset. And instead of looking at The Orange’s 50-1 futures, if you wanted to throw a dart, I’d look at Buddy Boeheim 80-1 for MOP. I really can’t see the Orange winning the national title, but if they do, it will be because Boeheim (who’s averaging over 26 points per game) keeps up his torrid pace.
And maybe Gonzaga and/or Baylor get picked off by other teams before Syracuse gets to the Final Four.
If Gonzaga wins the title, I prefer Drew Timme at 6-1 as the only true big on the Bulldogs. Timme only averages 0.4 fewer points per game than team leader Corey Kispert and is coming off a dominant performance against Oklahoma with 30 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists.
Kispert is the favorite at +450, but perimeter dominance will likely be reduced with super frosh Jalen Suggs also seeing increased touches during the tournament.
Timme is in the midst of an insane run of 20 straight games with double-digit scoring and will likely continue his efficiency against teams without interior resistance like Creighton, Oregon and Alabama. At 6-1, I’ll grab a 6-foot-11 big man on the No. 1 overall seed who is one of the only true post players left in the entire tournament.
If you like Alabama to beat Gonzaga in the Final Four, you certainly should consider taking a flyer on Herb Jones at 20-1. The versatile senior forward averages 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Jones affects the game on both ends of the floor and is the most difficult slasher to contain on Alabama. He also leads the team in free throw attempts at 122, while shooting 74% from the line.
Outside of Gonzaga and Baylor, I have Alabama with the next best chance to win the title, making Jones a fantastic MOP candidate.