NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Odds and Picks

NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Odds and Picks

You can bet on who you think will win the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament right now at BookMaker. Connecticut’s Donovan Clingan is the favorite at odds of just under 2-1, while Purdue’s Zach Edey is a close second choice. The Connecticut Huskies and Purdue Boilermakers are No. 1 seeds and each team is heavily favored in Saturday’s Final Four. The Huskies are laying double-digits to Alabama, while the Boilermakers are a 9-point favorite against NC State. Let’s look at Most Outstanding Player odds and picks.

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Most Outstanding Player Odds

Donovan Clingan+172

Zach Edey+208

Tristen Newton+472

Cam Spencer+853

DJ Burns Jr+1842

Stephon Castle+2071

Mark Sears+2161

Braden Smith+2620

Alex Karaban+3113

Grant Nelson+5398

DJ Horne+8375

Fletcher Loyer+15610

Rylan Griffen+26047

Lance Jones+26047

Aaron Estrada+26047

Jayden Taylor+45475

Casey Morsell+52177

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There are three top contenders to win the Most Outstanding Player for the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The top two are Connecticut’s Donovan Clingan and Purdue’s Zach Edey. Each player is listed with odds of about 2-1. Connecticut’s Tristen Newton is just behind at odds of about 5-1.

Donovan Clingan +172

Connecticut is the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament and that means there are a couple of Huskies that are going to be at top of the odds board. Clingan is the overall favorite, but there is not much value in his odds at less than 2-1. He had 19 points in the first round and he had 14 points and blocked 8 shots against Northwestern in the second round. He was quiet in the Sweet 16 win but he had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in the Elite Eight win over Illinois.

Zach Edey +208

Edey has been dominant in this year’s NCAA Tournament and you can make a case he should be favored over Clingan. He is having a tourney for the ages, as he had 30 points and 21 rebounds in Purdue's win over Grambling, 23 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Utah State, 27 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Gonzaga and then he was unstoppable with 40 points and 16 rebounds in an Elite Eight win against Tennessee.

Tristen Newton +472

Newton was the leading scorer for Connecticut in the regular season. He wasn’t that great in the Elite Eight win but he is still the catalyst for the best team in the country and he is averaging 13.7 points, 6.7 assists, and 4 rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament. The odds say he is a top contender, but he really should be listed with higher odds and in the dark horse category.

Dark Horses

The only real dark horse in terms of the odds is Connecticut’s Cam Spencer at odds of just over 8-1. You might be able to put NC State’s DJ Burns Jr. into the dark horse category, as his odds continue to drop but for now, we’ll put him in the longshot category. Spencer has been a key player for Connecticut in this year’s NCAA Tournament. He probably won’t win the award, as Clingan and Newton get more attention but Spencer is averaging 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2 steals in the tournament.


DJ Burns Jr. is the only longshot worth considering and I think he has a better chance to win the award than Spencer who has much lower odds. Burns opened up with odds of up to 30-1 at some places but his odds are now just over 18-1 and dropping. NC State is this year’s Cinderella story and they are not without a chance to win it all. Burns has been a catalyst for the Wolfpack, as he had 29 points in the win over Duke. Burns is averaging 18.2 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in the NCAA Tournament. If NC State is to win the title, he will have to be a major factor in slowing down Purdue’s Zach Edey and then likely Connecticut’s Donovan Clingan. None of the other longshots are worth considering other than Burns.

Most Outstanding Player Picks

I think Connecticut is the best team, but there is no value in taking Clingan and I don’t think Newton or Spencer wins the award. I think Edey could win the award even if Purdue loses, as long as the Boilermakers are in the title game and Edey plays well. It should be noted, however, that the MVP winner normally comes from the team that wins the title. There has not been a Most Outstanding Player from a non-title team since 1983. If NC State can somehow win two more games as a big underdog, then taking Burns to win the award does have some value.

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