2017 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (MOP) Odds

2017 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (MOP) Odds

The NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player was established in 1939 to recognize the top performer during the NCAA Tournament, as determined by the Associated Press. The Most Outstanding Player has traditionally been a member of the championship team, but there have been exceptions to the rule including Houston star Hakeem Olajuwon in 1983. The table below displays every winner since the award’s inception nearly 80 years ago.

YearPlayerCollege
2016Ryan ArcidiaconoVillanova
2015Tyus JonesDuke
2014Shabazz NapierConnecticut
2013Luke HancockLouisville
2012Anthony DavisKentucky
2011Kemba WalkerConnecticut
2010Kyle SinglerDuke
2009Wayne EllingtonNorth Carolina
2008Mario ChalmersKansas
2007Corey BrewerFlorida
2006Joakim NoahFlorida
2005Sean MayNorth Carolina
2004Emeka OkaforConnecticut
2003Carmelo AnthonySyracuse
2002Juan DixonMaryland
2001Shane BattierDuke
2000Mateen CleavesMichigan State
1999Richard HamiltonConnecticut
1998Jeffrey SheppardKentucky
1997Miles SimonArizona
1996Tony DelkKentucky
1995Ed O'BannonUCLA
1994Corliss WilliamsonArkansas
1993Donald WilliamsNorth Carolina
1992Bobby HurleyDuke
1991Christian LaettnerDuke
1990Anderson HuntNevada-Las Vegas
1989Glen RiceMichigan
1988Danny ManningKansas
1987Keith SmartIndiana
1986Pervis EllisonLouisville
1985Ed PinckneyVillanova
1984Patrick EwingGeorgetown
1983Hakeem OlajuwonHouston
1982James WorthyNorth Carolina
1981Isiah ThomasIndiana
1980Darrell GriffithLouisville
1979Magic JohnsonMichigan State
1978Jack GivensKentucky
1977Butch LeeMarquette
1976Kent BensonIndiana
1975Richard WashingtonUCLA
1974David ThompsonNorth Carolina State
1973Bill WaltonUCLA
1972Bill WaltonUCLA
1971Howard PorterVillanova
1970Sidney WicksUCLA
1969Kareem Abdul-JabbarUCLA
1968Kareem Abdul-JabbarUCLA
1967Kareem Abdul-JabbarUCLA
1966Jerry ChambersUtah
1965Bill BradleyPrinceton
1964Mahdi Abdul-RahmanUCLA
1963Art HeymanDuke
1962Paul HogueCincinnati
1961Jerry LucasOhio State
1960Jerry LucasOhio State
1959Jerry WestWest Virginia
1958Elgin BaylorSeattle
1957Wilt ChamberlainKansas
1956Hal LearTemple
1955Bill RussellSan Francisco
1954Tom GolaLa Salle
1953B.H. BornKansas
1952Clyde LovelletteKansas
1951Bill SpiveyKentucky
1950Irwin DambrotCity College of New York
1949Alex GrozaKentucky
1948Alex GrozaKentucky
1947George KaftanHoly Cross
1946Bob KurlandOklahoma State
1945Bob KurlandOklahoma State
1944Arnie FerrinUtah
1943Kenny SailorsWyoming
1942Howie DallmarStanford
1941John KotzWisconsin
1940Marv HuffmanIndiana
1939Jimmy HullOhio State

As for this season, the co-favorites at the moment are Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss and UNC’s Justin Jackson. The table below displays the latest MOP odds from 5Dimes as well as previous odds at BetOnline, 5Dimes, Bovada, Heritage, and Sportsbook.

PlayerSchoolBetOnline (4/3)5Dimes (3/30)Bovada (3/23)Bovada (3/15)Heritage (3/15)Sportsbk (3/15)
Justin JacksonNorth Carolina+200+400+750+1000+1000+1000
Nigel Williams-GossGonzaga+200+400+800+1000+1000+1500
Kennedy MeeksNorth Carolina+375+800N/AN/AN/AN/A
Joel Berry IINorth Carolina+650+550+2200+1600+1600+1800
Jonathan WilliamsGonzaga+900+800N/AN/AN/AN/A
Jordan MathewsGonzaga+950+1300N/AN/AN/AN/A
Przemek KarnowskiGonzaga+1400+2000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Isaiah HicksNorth Carolina+2500+1200N/AN/AN/AN/A
Theo PinsonNorth Carolina+3300+2000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Luke MayeNorth Carolina+3300+2500N/AN/AN/AN/A
Josh PerkinsGonzaga+5000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Dillon BrooksOregonN/A+900+2000+3300+3300+2200
DeAaron FoxKentuckyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+2200
Sindarius ThornwellSouth CarolinaN/A+800N/AN/AN/AN/A
Dylan EnnisOregonN/A+3600N/AN/AN/AN/A
PJ DozierSouth CarolinaN/A+5000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Duane NoticeSouth CarolinaN/A+5000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Maik KotsarSouth CarolinaN/A+5000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Chris SilvaSouth CarolinaN/A+6000N/AN/AN/AN/A
V.J. BeachemNotre DameN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6000
Josh HartVillanovaN/AN/AN/A+1000+1000+1000
Bonzie ColsonNotre DameN/AN/AN/A+6600+6600+4000
Semi OjeyeleSMUN/AN/AN/A+6600+6600+2500
London PerrantesVirginiaN/AN/AN/A+6600+6600+4000
FieldN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+350N/A
Kris JenkinsVillanovaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+3000
Frank Mason IIIKansasN/AN/A+750+1000+900+1000
Donovan MitchellLouisvilleN/AN/AN/A+2200+2200+2500
Tyler DorseyOregonN/A+800N/AN/AN/A+6000
Monte MorrisIowa StateN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+4500
Przemek KarnowskiGonzagaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+4500
Devonte GrahamKansasN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+3000
Shake MiltonSMUN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+5000
Jordan BellOregonN/A+2000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Jock LandaleSaint MarysN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6000
Dwayne BaconFlorida StN/AN/AN/A+4000+4000+4000
Jalen BrunsonVillanovaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+3000
Ethan HappWisconsinN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6500
Josh JacksonKansasN/AN/A+1000+1600+1600+1800
Lonzo BallUCLAN/AN/A+650+1200+1200+2000
Bryce AlfordUCLAN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+3000
Lauri MarkkanenArizonaN/AN/A+1500+1600+1600+2500
Derrick Walton Jr.MichiganN/AN/A+1600+3300+3300+4000
Allonzo TrierArizonaN/AN/A+850+1000+1000+1800
Caleb SwaniganPurdueN/AN/A+2000+3300+3300+3500
Malik MonkKentuckyN/AN/A+900+1400+1400+1800
Johnathan MotleyBaylorN/AN/A+2800+5000+5000+3500
Jevon CarterWest VirginiaN/AN/A+4400+3300+4000+4000
KeVaughn AllenFloridaN/AN/A+4400+5000+5000+5000
T.J. LeafUCLAN/AN/A+4400+1600+1600+2500
Luke KennardDukeN/AN/AN/A+800+800+1000
Jayson TatumDukeN/AN/AN/A+1600+1600+1800
Grayson AllenDukeN/AN/AN/A+1200+1200+2500
Nazareth Mitrou-LongIowa StN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6500
Quentin SniderLouisvilleN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+4000
Johnathan IsaacFlorida StN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+5000

Our early intriguing pick was Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski with the ‘field’ option, and he’s now listed at +1400 on his own. Our simulations have loved Gonzaga from the start of the tournament and that hasn’t changed.

Below was published on Thursday, March 23:

On Wednesday (3/15) morning, Sportsbook.com posted odds for the 2017 Tournament MOP.  It’s important to realize that Sportsbook.com is not considered to be very reputable and they take low limits on these type of prop bets. Later in the day Heritage (a much sharper book) and Bovada (another square book) posted their own MOP odds with a few major discrepancies.

Frank Mason, Josh Hart, Justin Jackson and Luke Kennard (+1000) opened as co-favorites at Sportsbook.com, however, Duke’s Kennard (+800) opened as the sole favorite at Heritage. It was also interesting to see that Heritage listed the field as an option at +350. Bovada listed nearly identical odds to Heritage, but (in a fairly dubious move) didn’t list the field as an option.

Following the first two rounds, Bovada re-opened their MOP odds with UCLA’s Lonzo Ball (+650) listed as the new favorite. These are bizarre odds considering that Bovada lists UCLA at +800 to win the National Championship. These type of props take low limits and often take advantage of casual bettors.

Below was published on March 15, 2017:

In last year’s analysis, I explained that senior guards typically dominate March Madness and that Ryan Arcidiacono was providing value at +9000. That advice proved prophetic when Villanova won the national championship and Arcidiacono was named the Most Outstanding Player over teammate Josh Hart. Unfortunately, Paddy Power hasn’t posted MOP odds and neither Heritage nor Sportsbook.com are offering anybody with those type of long odds.  In fact, some of these players actually have shorter odds to win MOP than their teams have of winning the title.

One player that intrigues me is Przemek Karnowski. Gonzaga (+1000) has the fifth-best odds of winning the national championship and the highest probability (20.6%) according to our bracket simulator. At 7’1″ and 300 pounds, Karnowski (12.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 2.0 APG) is a matchup nightmare and although his odds should be way longer, he’s just one example of a player included in the field at Heritage. At +350, the field appears to be an excellent value.

Bettors should also be sure to visit our free college basketball odds page for the latest lines, injuries, public betting trends and more.

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David Solar

David is the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He specializes in sports betting analytics and creating data-driven betting systems.

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