2022 NCAA March Madness Most Outstanding Player Odds
OK, this is a tricky picky one. Trying to figure out who is going to be named MVP (OK, NCAA, most outstanding player. Sheesh!) of the entire tournament means you obviously need to pick the winning team and the player who’s going to play the best during the Final Four.
You could take a flier on the player not being on the championship team but that’s not wise.
The last time that happened was in 1983 when Akeem (later Hakeem) Olajuwon received the accolade despite Houston’s stunning title-game loss to Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State squad.
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Let’s look at the favorites to receive the honor and we’ll start with two players from the same, heavily-favored team to win it all.
Drew Timme, Gonzaga Bulldogs (+950)
The 6-foot-10 do-it-all star was just named a second-team AP All-American and figures to have a solid tournament with the Zags most likely at least making it to the Final Four.
Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga Bulldogs (+950)
The 7-foot Chet “You betcha” Holmgren, and native Minnesotean, is a freak of nature, but the tall skinny boy’s got all kinds of skills and he’s the likely No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
Expect a solid tourney from him as well.
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona Wildcats (+1300)
The 6-foot-7 Canadian is a hybrid of a shooting guard and a small forward, and he’s fun to watch. The future NBA star is a smooth operator, has a silky soft touch with his shots and has high percentages on his 3’s and his free throws.
Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky Wildcats (+1600)
The 6-foot-9 power forward/center, and first-team All-American, is a handful and a beast around the boards (he led the nation in rebounds this year with 15.1 a game) and he tied the all-time NCAA record in a season (27) this year.
Ochai Agbaji, Kansas Jayhawks (+2000)
A lean athletic machine, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard/wing was just named to AP’s All-America first team. Kansas will go far in the tourney if they let him do his thing … which is a bit of everything.
Jabari Smith, Auburn Tigers (+2000)
At 6-foot-10, 220 pounds, Smith already looks like an NBA player and a future All-Star. If the Tigers make a deep run in the 2022 NCAA Tournament then he may be the top player take in the NBA Draft. snatch the top spot.
Jaden Ivey, Purdue Boilermakers (+2400)
As the explosive 6-foot-4 guard goes (and dunks), so go the Boilermakers. Some say he’s the next Ja Morant. Could be. All I know is that he’s a blast to watch.
Keegan Murray, Iowa Hawkeyes (+2700)
Another first-team All-American, the 6-foot-8 small forward scored a record 103 points over four games and also averaged nine rebounds last week while leading the Hawkeyes to the Big 10 Tournament title. ESPN analyst Jay Bilas raves: “Keegan Murray is as complete a basketball player that you are ever going to see.”