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Latest Wooden Award Odds: Zach Edey Massive Favorite

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Latest Wooden Award Odds: Zach Edey Massive Favorite

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The college basketball betting action is heating up with March on the horizon. There’s nothing better than nonstop action throughout the NCAA Tournament, but we’ve got a few things to settle first – including college basketball futures bets like the Wooden Award. 

While Purdue big man Zach Edey has been a favorite all season, his odds are growing longer by the week. Edey is now going off at -10000, suggesting the next month of Wooden Award consideration is a simple formality. 

It would take an other-worldly performance and a collapse by the Boilermakers, but anything’s possible in college hoops. Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis and Kansas forward Jalen Wilson are next with +4000 odds, while Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe and Alabama’s Brandon Miller round out the top five at +10000 and +15000.

John Wooden Award 2022-23 Odds

Player Odds
Zach Edey, Purdue-10000
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana+4000
Jalen Wilson, Kansas+4000
Brandon Miller, Alabama+10000
Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky+15000
Marcus Sasser, Houston+15000
Drew Timme, Gonzaga+15000
Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona+15000
Kris Murray, Iowa+20000
Isaiah Wong, Miami+20000
Jaime Jaquez Jr, UCLA+20000
Armando Bacot, North Carolina+20000

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

C Zach Edey, Purdue

Current odds: -10000

Up next: at Wisconsin (3/2), Illinois (3/5)

The No. 3 Boilermakers have lost two of their last three games, but Edey’s stock continues to rise. The 7-foot-4 center is averaging 22.2 points and 13 rebounds per game, top five in the nation in both categories. And he’s one of those players for whom stats are almost meaningless compared to the eyeball test. 

Edey is an absolute giant among giants and impacts the game on every possession. You can’t take your eyes off him when he’s on the floor. His basketball IQ and physical strength improved tremendously over the offseason and we’re seeing the results in the form of the most dominant player in college hoops. 

Perhaps most impressively, Edey hasn’t fouled out of a single game and hasn’t picked up more than three fouls in any Big Ten contest. With size, skill, discipline and a strong supporting cast, Edey will be tough to catch given what he’s already accomplished this season. 

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G Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana

Current odds: +4000

Up next: Iowa (2/28), Michigan (3/5)

Jackson-Davis got himself into the Wooden mix last season, and he’d be out front this year if not for Edey. The senior Hoosiers forward is averaging a double-double with 20.2 points and 11.3 boards per game, while Indiana sits two games behind first-place Purdue at 13-5 in conference. Nothing is off the table yet if Jackson-Davis keeps playing this well and the Hoosiers pull off a few upsets down the stretch. 

He’s coming off a 28-point showing in a huge win at Michigan, and he’s logged a double-double in six of the last seven games – he’s also led the team in scoring in nine of the last 10 games, during which the Hoosiers are 8-2.

Now he has a chance to avenge an early-season loss to Iowa this week when the Hoosiers travel to Des Moines, but a March 5th trip vs Michigan could ultimately decide Indiana’s fate and his status in the Wooden race. 

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F Jalen Wilson, Kansas

Current odds: +4000

Up next: Texas Tech (2/28), at Texas (3/4)

Wilson is one of the most dynamic big men in the country, and he has the No. 5 Jayhawks in good position to get back to the National Championship after capturing the title with a 72-69 win over North Carolina last season. 

The 6-foot-8 junior has stepped it up in every department this season to account for key departures, nearly doubling his scoring average from 11.1 points a year ago to 20.6 points so far this season. He’s also averaging 35.2 minutes a night and stuffing the stat sheet in a number of different ways. 

Wilson is coming off his worst performance of the season, in which he scored just two points and played 27 minutes due to foul trouble. Kansas held on for an 88-80 win over then-No. 5 Texas and Davis responded with 18 points, five assists and five rebounds Saturday in a blowout win at Oklahoma. 

One of the biggest games of the year is on deck, with No. 8 Texas coming to town Saturday. The Jayhawks lead the Big 12 standings by 1 game, and Wilson needs one of his best performances of the season to keep Kansas in good title standing and make an even stronger case for Big 12 Player of the Year. 

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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.