MOP Odds: Betting Favorites To Win NCAA Tournament 2021 Award
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The stage is finally set for the 2021 Final Four in Indianapolis. It was a bumpy road for some, but in the end the favorites largely prevailed with No. 1 seed Gonzaga, No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Houston making it to the final week. No. 11 seed UCLA also crashed the party with an upset win over No. 1 Michigan.
While the Bulldogs remain a heavy March Madness betting favorite to win it all at -250, the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player futures are still up for grabs.
Gonzaga has three of the top six candidates, with favorites Corey Kispert and Drew Timme tied atop the board at +350 and point guard Jalen Suggs at +750. Baylor has the remaining three in MaCio Teague (+400), Jared Butler (+400) and Davion Mitchell (+500).
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Odds
|Corey Kispert, Gonzaga||+350|
|Drew Timme, Gonzaga||+350|
|Jared Butler, Baylor||+400|
|MaCio Teague, Baylor||+400|
|Davion Mitchell, Baylor||+500|
|Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga||+750|
|Quentin Grimes, Houston||+1000|
|Johnny Juzang, UCLA||+1600|
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Top NCAA Tournament MOP Contenders
Corey Kispert, Gonzaga: Kispert took a while to get going in an 83-65 win over Creighton, still finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes. He was better against USC, with 18 points and eight rebounds in the Bulldogs’ Elite Eight win over the Trojans. Kispert had the slightly better Wooden Award odds than fellow big Drew Timme for much of the season, but the two are now even atop the board for Most Outstanding Player odds at +350.
Drew Timme, Gonzaga: Timme continued his NCAA Tournament tear with 22 points and six boards against Creighton and 23 points with five rebounds and four assists against USC. He has quickly become a March Madness A-lister with his animated post-bucket celebrations and throwback facial hair. But there’s no question the dude can play, and Timme is playing like a superstar through four NCAA Tournament games. If you have a strong feeling about Kispert, Timme or Suggs, we’d recommend betting it now while there’s still value on all three entering the Final Four.
Who are our best bets to take home MOP? Check out our expert NCAA picks, including for NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, at bookesEDGE.
Jared Butler, Baylor: Same story here – Butler’s stats aren’t that impressive at face value, but he has been steering the Bears' ship all season. He posted 14 points, five assists and three rebounds in the Elite Eight win over Arkansas, leading the Bears to their first Final Four since 1950. Baylor’s entire backcourt is playing well though, and much like Gonzaga there’s not an easy, clear-cut choice on MOP betting if you like Baylor’s chances to win it all.
MaCio Teague, Baylor: Teague went off for 22 points and five rebounds against Arkansas, pulling even with Butler in MOP odds at +400. He has risen to the big moments multiple times this season, including a season-high 35 points against Texas Tech on March 7 and 24 points against Kansas State in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals. He also hasn’t missed a free throw yet, going 8 for 8 from the stripe in the NCAA Tournament. If you think Baylor can get past Houston and perhaps Gonzaga in the national championship, Teague might be a better bet than Butler given his tendency to embrace the spotlight.