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NCAA Tournament MOP Betting Odds

We are down to the Final Four and with it the field of potential Most Outstanding Players continues to dwindle. With UNC being the lone No.1 seed remaining in the NCAA Tournament, the team has three of the top five players on the board to win the MOP.

Brice Johnson (+250) remains the favorite to claim the hardware as the senior has averaged 21 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting a stellar 63 percent during March Madness. He is joined by teammates Joel Berry III (+900) and Marcus Paige (+700) who have both averaged double-digit points in the tournament respectively.

With the MOP going to a player on the winning team almost exclusively, it is understandable that odds favor UNC players, as the Tar Heels are the most well rounded team left in the tournament and have, what appears to be, the easiest Final Four matchup on paper.

Close behind Johnson though is Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (+300). Buddy Buckets has lived up to that moniker during the tournament with the senior averaging 29.3 points per game while shooting over 47 percent from beyond the arc. There is no better pure scorer in the nation and if OU makes the Finals it will be tough to pass up Hield.

Josh Hart of Villanova is sporting similar odds as Hield (+400) with his consistent play on both ends of the court playing a huge role in the Wildcats’ success. If Hart can help slow Hield and whichever backcourt Villanova faces in a potential Finals matchup, then he seems like the logical choice for MOP.

2016 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Odds
Brice Johnson (UNC)+250
Buddy Hield (OU)+300
Josh Hart (NOVA)+500
Marcus Paige (UNC)+700
Joel Berry II (UNC)+900
Kris Jenkins (NOVA)+1400
Ryan Arcidiancono (NOVA)+1400
Michael Gbinije (SYR)+1600
Jordan Woodard (OU)+3300
Isaiah Cousins (OU)+3300
Malachi Richardson (SYR)+3300
Trevor Cooney (SYR)+3300

Odds as of March 31 at Bovada

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Several star players have taken their game to the next level during the NCAA Tournament. However, the key aspect to determining which of these players will win the Most Outstanding Player award is which team will cut down the nets. The last player to not be a part of the winning team and win the MOP was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1983.

With that stat in mind, it makes sense that Brice Johnson of UNC and Perry Ellis of Kansas sit atop the odds list as the most likely players to win MOP this year.

Through the first two rounds of March Madness, Johnson has averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 70 percent from the floor. On the season as a whole, Johnson has averaged a double-double and has lead the Tar Heels to a 30-6 record heading into the Sweet 16.

Ellis, another senior, has scored 21 points in each of the Jayhawks’ first two games of the tournament while helping the team to hold opponents to just 70 points per game.

Close behind Johnson and Ellis are fellow seniors Buddy Hield of Oklahoma and Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia.

Hield can easily take over any game and may be the most dynamic scorer in college basketball this season, but the Sooners would have a tough task to win it all with a potential date against Kansas in the Final Four.

Brogdon is the key piece to the defensive juggernaut that is Virginia, while being their best offensive player. The Atlanta-native may see his odds jump on the boards if Virginia can get past Iowa State in the Sweet 16 as they could have the easiest matchup in the Elite Eight.

2016 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Odds
Brice Johnson (UNC)+500
Perry Ellis (KU)+550
Buddy Hield (OU)+750
Malcolm Brogdon (UV)+750
Marcus Paige (UNC)+1200
Wayne Selden Jr. (KU)+1400
Joel Berry II (UNC)+1400
Josh Hart (NOVA)+1400
Dillon Brooks (ORE)+1600
Frank Mason II (KU)+2000
Grayson Allen (DUKE)+2000
Yogi Ferrell (IU)+2000
Brandon Ingram (DUKE)+2500
Anthony Gill (UV)+3300
Kyle Wiltjer (GON)+3300
Melo Trimble (MARY)+4000
Elgin Cook (ORE)+4000
Zach Auguste (ND)+5000

Odds as of March 24 at Bovada