He’s got a big mouth, a big belly and a big ego and he’s a big underdog as a handicapper to pick this weekend’s three college basketball championship games.
Charles Barkley loves to bet and loves to talk and one sportsbook has posted 5/1 odds that he can’t pick all three games correctly. [ See dozens of fun Madness prop odds and pocket their best bonus ever – 100% deposit boost! – at Sportsbook ]
“Love him or hate him, he adds some spice and humor to the telecasts and he’s not afraid to voice an opinion,” said Mark Presley of OddsShark.com. “I personally think he might go 0-for-3 in his picks as this hasn’t exactly been the most predictable March Madness in recent history so my Charles Barkley odds would be much higher.”
Sportsbook also made Kentucky the favorite to win it all and installed Kentucky’s Brandon Knight and UConn’s Kemba Walker as co-favorites to win the MOP award. A Kentucky vs Butler matchup is the favored position in predicting the final at +190 odds (bet $100 and win $190).
And considering how many games went down to the final shot in this tournament, a 12/1 line on 'will either game be decided by a buzzer beater' seems a bit high.
Will Charles Barkley correctly pick the Sportsbook in all of the last 3 games of the NCAA Tournament?
Odds to Win National Championship at Sportsbook
Kentucky 7/5 (+140)
Connecticut 9/4 (+225)
Butler 13/4 (+325)
VCU 9/2 (+450)
Odds to win the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament MOP
Brandon Knight (Kentucky) 2/1
Kemba Walker (Connecticut) 2/1
Shelvin Mack (Butler) 13/2
Jamie Skeen (VCU) 10/1
Josh Harrellson (Kentucky) 10/1
Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) 10/1
Terrence Jones (Kentucky) 10/1
Joey Rodriguez (VCU) 12/1
Matt Howard (Butler) 12/1
Brandon Rozzell (VCU) 18/1
Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut) 18/1
Bradford Burgess (VCU) 20/1
Deandre Liggins (Kentucky) 20/1
2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game - Exact Matchup
Kentucky vs. Butler 19/10 (+190)
Kentucky vs. VCU 11/4 (+275)
Connecticut vs. Butler 11/4 (+275)
Connecticut vs. VCU 4/1 (+400)
2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game - Championship Game Result
Kentucky over Butler 13/4 (+325)
Kentucky over VCU 17/4 (+425)
Connecticut over Butler 9/2 (+450)
Connecticut over VCU 6/1 (+600)
Butler over Kentucky 7/1 (+700)
Butler over Connecticut 15/2 (+750)
VCU over Kentucky 9/1 (+900)
VCU over Connecticut 10/1 (+1000)
Which will be the highest scoring team in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four Round?
Kentucky 9/5 (+180)
Connecticut 12/5 (+240)
Butler 3/1 (+300)
VCU 4/1 (+400)
Which will be the lowest scoring team in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four Round?
VCU 8/5 (+160)
Butler 13/5 (+260)
Connecticut 3/1 (+300)
Kentucky 4/1 (+400)
Will Either Final 4 Game or the Championship Game go to Overtime?
Will Both Final 4 Games get to a Double Digit Margin During the Contest?
Will Either Final 4 Game or the Championship Game Be Decided by a Buzzer Beater?
Who will score the most points in the Final Four Round?
Kemba Walker 4/5 (-125)
Brandon Knight 5/2 (+250)
Shelvin Mack 3/1 (+300)
Jamie Skeen 7/2 (+350)
Will Brad Stevens be the Coach for Butler for Game 1 of the 2011-2012 Regular Season?
Will Shaka Smart be the Coach for VCU for Game 1 of the 2011-2012 Regular Season?
Will Brandon Knight enter the 2011 NBA Draft?
Will Terrence Jones enter the 2011 NBA Draft?
Point Spread at Sportsbook
Over/Under 140 Points
Brandon Knight - Total Points
Brandon Knight - Total Assists
Brandon Knight - Total 3 Point Shots Made Over/Under 2
Terrence Jones - Total Points
Terrence Jones - Total Rebounds
Josh Harrellson - Total Points
Josh Harrellson - Total Rebounds
Darius Miller - Total Points
Deandre Liggins - Total Points & Rebounds Over/Under 13
Kemba Walker - Total Points
Kemba Walker - Total Assists
Kemba Walker - Total Rebounds
Kemba Walker - Total 3 Point Shots Made
Alex Oriakhi - Total Points
Alex Oriakhi - Total Rebounds
Jeremy Lamb - Total Points
Point Spread at Sportsbook VCU +2.5
Over/Under 133.5 Points
Jamie Skeen - Total Points
Jamie Skeen - Total Rebounds
Joey Rodriguez - Total Points
Joey Rodriguez - Total Assists
Bradford Burgess - Total Points & Rebounds Over/Under 20.5
Brandon Rozzell - Total 3 Point Shots Made Over/Under 2
Shelvin Mack - Total Points
Shelvin Mack - Total 3 Point Shots Made
Matt Howard - Total Points
Matt Howard - Total Rebounds