Latest Wooden Award Odds: Obi Toppin Now Clear-Cut Favorite
Obi Toppin vs. the field. That’s how Wooden Award college basketball futures betting is shaping up with voting open to the media in less than two weeks.
The Dayton sophomore forward is now a significant frontrunner with -250 odds at DraftKings. He was nearly even with Iowa center Luka Garza last week, but Garza, the former Wooden frontrunner, fell to +150 despite two monster performances.
Garza and other longshots still have time to make their case, but we’re starting to get a pretty clear picture with March Madness rapidly approaching.
John Wooden Award 2020 Odds
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F Obi Toppin, Dayton
Current odds: -250
Up next: George Washington (3/7)
Expected betting impact: Toppin added another double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds in a Feb. 28 win over Davidson. He followed with 20 points Wednesday at Rhode Island as Dayton’s win streak hit 19 games. Keep in mind the Flyers’ only two losses are against No. 1 Kansas and Colorado, both in overtime. Toppin is going to have another big game in Saturday’s regular-season finale against a bad George Washington team. If Toppin maintains his production and Dayton runs the table in the Atlantic 10 Tournament to secure a No. 2 NCAA Tournament seed at worst, it’s going to be hard for anyone to catch him in the Wooden race.
C Luka Garza, Iowa
Current odds: +150
Up next: at No. 23 Illinois (3/8)
Expected betting impact: What’s a guy gotta do to get some respect from the oddsmakers? The junior big man put up 25 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Penn State on Feb. 29 and dropped 26 and 12 in Tuesday’s home loss to Purdue. That one cost Iowa a shot at a first-round bye in next week’s Big Ten Tournament. But Garza still has a chance if he carries the Hawkeyes to a strong showing in Indianapolis. His stats are ridiculously strong and he could end up averaging a double-double for the season with a good game on the glass against the Illini — Garza is currently at 23.7 points and 9.9 rebounds.
G Malachi Flynn, San Diego State
Current odds: +700
Up next: vs. Boise State, Mountain West Tournament (3/6)
Expected betting impact: Flynn stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals in Thursday’s win over Air Force in the opening round of the Mountain West Tournament. That was a solid follow-up from his 36-point showing in the regular-season finale at Nevada. The Aztecs are still in good shape for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but Flynn’s going to need at least one or two more jaw-dropping performances in the coming days to have a shot.
F Markus Howard, Marquette
Current odds: +1000
Up next: at St. John’s (3/7)
Expected betting impact:Howard is still posting numbers, but last week’s loss at DePaul was a new low for a team that has lost five of six while quickly erasing all the goodwill built midway through the season. Howard had 37 points in a home loss to Seton Hall on Feb. 29 and 31 points Tuesday against the Blue Demons. The coming week should be good for his chances with so much national attention on the Big East Tournament. An upset or two and a surprise run would go a long way, not to mention the fact that Howard has 30 points or more in four straight games.
G Payton Pritchard, Oregon
Current odds: +1000
Up next: Stanford (3/7)
Expected betting impact: Oregon is still fighting for a Pac 12 Championship with one game left in the regular season. Pritchard is averaging 20.2 points and 5.4 assists. Solid numbers, but not exactly Player of the Year shoo-in caliber. One would think Howard has the better chance just based on his scoring. Pritchard’s contributions aren’t as apparent on the stat sheet, but the Ducks look poised for a serious March Madness run.