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Latest Wooden Award Odds: Tshiebwe, Cockburn Climb Board

Latest Wooden Award Odds: Tshiebwe, Cockburn Climb Board

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The Wooden Award betting outlook has been all over the place for most of the season. This week is no exception.

We have yet another new look on top of the college basketball futures odds board, with Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn and Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe even in front with +450 odds.

Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji is next with +650 odds, while last week’s frontrunner – Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis – fell from first to fourth on the board at +700. There’s absolutely no clarity yet with March Madness now firmly on the horizon, but one thing stands out – half of the players on top of the board belong to the same conference, with 6 of 12 hailing from the Big Ten.

John Wooden Award 2021-22 Odds

Player Odds
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois +450
Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky +450
Ochai Agbaji, Kansas +650
Johnny Davis, Wisconsin +700
Paolo Banchero, Duke +1000
Drew Timme, Gonzaga +1500
Jaden Ivey, Purdue +2000
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona +2000
Keegan Murray, Iowa +2000
Jabari Smith, Auburn +2000
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana +2500
E.J. Liddell, Ohio State +2500

College basketball odds current as of publication and subject to change.

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C Kofi Cockburn, Illinois

Current odds: +450

Up next: at No. 3 Purdue (2/8), Northwestern (2/13)

Cockburn cemented his place as the betting co-favorite with a ridiculous performance in a win over No. 11 Wisconsin. The Illini junior went off for 37 points and 12 rebounds, adding 17 points and eight boards three nights later in a win at Indiana.

While he’s currently tied for first, that won’t be the case if he has a similar showing Tuesday night. Illinois has maybe its most important game of the year at No. 3 Purdue, and it’s the perfect time for the 7-footer to show off in a marquee spot and get some serious national buzz going into the final weeks of the regular season.


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F Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky

Current odds: +450

Up next: at South Carolina (2/8), Florida (2/12)

The Kentucky junior might be the most consistent player in college hoops, proving it again last week by extending his streak to five straight double-doubles in wins over Vanderbilt and at Alabama. Tshiebwe is averaging 15.2 boards per game and is currently on pace for the greatest individual rebounding season dating back to the 1985-86 season.

Normally, a guy like that might get lost in the Wooden shuffle. Not when they play for Kentucky. If Tshiebwe can maintain this production level and the Wildcats continue to win and win big – which should be the case this week, against two unranked opponents – there’s no reason he can’t take control of the race by season’s end.

G Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

Current odds: +650

Up next: Oklahoma (2/12), Oklahoma State (2/14)

Agbaji picked the worst possible time for a major production dip. The senior guard had just 11 points and no assists during Monday’s 79-76 loss at Texas, one that could definitely come back to haunt the Jayhawks on Selection Sunday.

That made for three straight games with Agbaji performing well below his season averages, one of them being an 80-62 loss to Kentucky. The fact that he’s still third on the board on betting apps says a ton about his talent level and potential, but he’s gotta pick it up down the stretch if he hopes to stay near the top.


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G Johnny Davis

Current odds: +700

Up next: at No. 17 Michigan State (2/8), Rutgers (2/12)

Davis’ one-week stint atop the Wooden Award college basketball betting board didn’t last long. He had a monster showing with 22 points and 15 rebounds against Illinois, which unfortunately didn’t make a difference in the 80-67 loss. He followed that up with just four points on a 2 of 13 shooting performance in a close home win over Penn State – the first game this season he’s failed to surpass 10 points.

Davis needs to shake that one off ahead of Tuesday night’s road trip to play Michigan State, in which he can get right back in the mix on betting sites with a strong showing over a quality opponent.

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Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge
Handicapper Dan Kilbridge writes about college football, MLB and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA for Golfweek.