2022 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Odds: Jaden Ivey, Christian Koloko Among Major Risers Heading into Sweet 16

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2022 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Odds

Odds via BetMGM

Drew Timme (Gonzaga)+300
Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona)+800
Ochai Agbaji (Kansas)+900
Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga)+1000
Jaden Ivey (Purdue)+1200
Christian Koloko (Arizona)+1800
Collin Gillespie (Villanova)+2200
Azuolas Tubelis (Arizona)+2500
Christian Braun (Kansas)+2500
Paolo Banchero (Duke)+2800
Andrew Nembhard (Gonzaga)+2800
Johnny Juzang (UCLA)+3300
Jalen Wilson (Kansas)+3300
Kyler Edwards (Houston)+3300
Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA)+4000
Bryson Williams (Texas Tech)+4000
Fabian White Jr. (Houston)+4000
Zach Edey (Purdue)4000
Brady Manek (North Carolina)+5000
Remy Martin (Kansas)+5000
Justin Moore (Villanova)+5000
Trevion Williams (Purdue)+5000
David McCormack (Kansas)+5000
Jermaine Samuels (Villanova)+5000
Kevin Obanor (Texas Tech)+5000
Armando Bacot (North Carolina)+6600
Wendell Moore Jr. (Duke)+6600
Jamal Shead (Houston)+6600
JD Notae (Arkansas)+6600
Josh Carlton (Houston)+6600
Kevin McCullar (Texas Tech)+6600
Taze Moore (Houston)+6600
Hunter Dickinson (Michigan)+8000
AJ Griffin (Duke)+8000
Tyger Campbell (UCLA)+8000
Jules Bernard (UCLA)+8000
Julian Strawther (Gonzaga)+8000
Mark Williams (Duke)+8000
Rasir Bolton (Gonzaga)+8000
Terrence Shannon Jr. (Texas Tech)+8000
Al Durham (Providence)+12500
Nate Watson (Providence)+12500
R.J. Davis (North Carolina)+12500
Caleb Love (North Carolina)+12500
Davion Warren (Texas Tech)+12500
Izaiah Brockington (Iowa State)+12500
Eli Brooks (Michigan)+15000
Kameron McGusty (Miami FL)+15000
Sasha Stefanovic (Purdue)+15000
Isaiah Wong (Miami FL)+20000
Jaylin Williams (Arkansas)+20000
Trevor Keels (Duke)+20000
Jared Bynum (Providence)+25000
DeVante' Jones (Michigan)+25000
Noah Horchler (Providence)+25000
Stanely Umude (Arkansas)+25000
Tyrese Hunter (Iowa State)+30000
AJ Reeves (Providence)+40000
Charlie Moore (Miami FL)+40000
Jordan Miller (Miami FL)+40000
Au'Diese Toney (Arkansas)+50000
Caleb Houston (Michigan)+50000
Gabe Kalscheur (Iowa State)+50000
Moussa Diabate (Michigan)+50000
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Following a run to the Sweet 16 which included a signature moment with a big-time shot, Purdue's Jaden Ivey has emerged as the biggest liability to win the 2022 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player award.

Ivey's odds are among the biggest movers following the first two rounds. The Boilermakers guard opened at +2500 but is now +1200 at BetMGM. Ivey scored 22 points in the opening round against Yale and added another 18 in a win over Texas. Ivey scored seven points in the final three minutes, including the dagger three-pointer to put Purdue ahead 77-71 with 1:03 remaining.

The path to winning the award involves making a run to a national championship, and Purdue's lane is wide open. With No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Kentucky already out of the region, Purdue must get by longshot Saint Peters and then the winner of No. 8 North Carolina and No. 4 UCLA.

Arizona's Christian Koloko is also on the move, dropping to +1800 from his opening number of +6600. While bettors are pounding Ivey to win the award, Koloko is getting almost no action. Most of the attention on Arizona is going to guard Benedict Mathurin (+800), who is third in total handle in the market.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji opened the tournament as the biggest liability and remains a popular play as his odds have dropped from +1700 to +900.

Gonzaga big man Drew Timme remains the betting favorite, as the Bulldogs are still favored to win the tournament. Timme's monster second-half propelled Gonzaga past Memphis in the second round. Timme scored 25 against Memphis and 32 against Georgia State in the first round.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the betting favorites to cut down the nets for the 2022 NCAA Tournament, so it's no surprise two of their stars have the shortest odds to win Most Outstanding Player.

Drew Timme (+500) and Chet Holmgren (+900) are the favorites at BetMGM, with Holmgren the more popular bet of the two. Timme put up 17.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the regular season. Holmgren, a freshman considered one of the top NBA prospects in college basketball, averaged 14 points and 9.6 rebounds while shooting 61 percent from the field and blocking over three shots per game.

Top players from popular teams are obviously the targets. Arizona leading scorer Bennedict Mathurin is tied on the oddsboard with Holmgren, ahead of Kentucky's double-double machine Oscar Tshiebwe (+1100).

Then we get to the most popular pick, according to data released by BetMGM. Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji has taken more bets than any other player to win the award at +1700 odds. Agbaji averaged 19.7 points per game during the season for the No. 1 seed Jayhawks.

The other two liabilities for the sportsbook come from the Big Ten.

Iowa's Keegan Murray (+2200) has taken the most money in the market with 20 percent of the handle. Purdue's Jaden Ivey (+2500) isn't far behind with 17 percent of the total handle.

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Nick Sterling
Jul 21, 2024 UTC