2021 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Odds: Gonzaga Stars Dominating Betting Board
Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Gonzaga Bulldogs standouts Drew Timme, left, and Jalen Suggs.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the betting favorites to win the NCAA Tournament, thanks largely in part to a trio of stars which finds itself at the top of the oddsboard to win the Most Outstanding Player honor.
Corey Kispert, Drew Timme and Jalen Suggs make up three of the top four favorites to win the award, according to odds posted at DraftKings. Only Baylor’s Jared Butler breaks up the teammates from making up the top three choices.
Kispert is the favorite (+450), sitting just ahead of Timme at +500 odds. Kispert scored 23 points in the opening round against Norfolk State, then followed that up with 16 points in a second-round win over Oklahoma.
Timme was the star against the Sooners with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Suggs was quiet in the first round with six points, but as the stage gets bigger, expect the freshman to step up like he did with 16 points against Oklahoma.
If Gonzaga doesn’t win it all, Baylor is the next best option and that gives Butler the advantage. He’s the Bears’ leading scorer at 16.9 points per game, including 16 points coming in a second-round victory over Wisconsin.
Loyola-Chicago big man Cameron Krutwig is the only other player with single-digit odds at +900 on the board. Michigan is the third remaining No. 1 seed in the field and has Hunter Dickinson with the team’s best shot at +2000 odds.
It’s not impossible to win the award if your team doesn’t win the tournament, but it’s almost always the case. The last individual to win the award when his team did not win the title was Houston’s Akeem Olajuwon in 1983. North Carolina State won the title that year in that historic, shocking upset.
Odds to Win Most Outstanding Player Award
Odds via DraftKings
|Jermaine Samuels Jr.||+8000|
|Joseph Girard III||+20000|