Trayce Jackson-Davis & Jaden Ivey Among College Basketball’s Outstanding-Player Liabilities at Sportsbooks

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Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images. Pictured: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Jaden Ivey

Two returning stars in the state of Indiana are shaping up as liabilities for sportsbooks when it comes to college basketball’s most outstanding men’s player.

Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis and Purdue’s Jaden Ivey are the top liabilities to win the Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top player, according to data released by BetMGM on Tuesday.

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Both players are near the top of the oddsboard but aren’t considered betting favorites. Jackson-Davis is +2000 with Ivey close behind at +2500.

Jackson-Davis returns for his third year after flirting with the NBA Draft following the dismissal of former Indiana head coach Archie Miller. However, new head coach Mike Woodson convinced Jackson-Davis to return, and bettors are hoping the preseason All-American can take another leap.

The forward scored 19 points with 9 rebounds a season ago.

Ivey returns for his sophomore season on a team with national championship expectations in No. 7 Purdue. The guard is coming off an all-conference freshman year where he averaged 11 points per game.

Out of all the bets made to win the Wooden Award, 14.6% are on Ivey and 12.2% are on Jackson-Davis. Almost half of the total money wagered is on Jackson-Davis.

A player closer to the top of the oddsboard bettors like is UCLA’s Johnny Juzang, who has taken more than 10% of bets.

Gonzaga big man Drew Timme is the betting favorite at +600, ahead of Duke freshman Paolo Banchero (+700) and Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson (+800).

Remy Martin (+800), Chet Holmgren (+900) and Kofi Cockburn (+1000) round out the players with 10-1 odds or lower.

There’s one longshot getting enough action that makes him worth watching. Tennessee junior Santiago Vescovi is 200-1 but is third in terms of liability behind Jackson-Davis and Ivey.

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