Russ Smith Leading Odds To Be 2013 NCAA Tournament ‘Most Outstanding Player’ Heading Into Sweet 16

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2012 Most Outstanding Player - Anthony DavisWith the Sweet 16 slate of games scheduled to get underway on Thursday and Friday of this week, the remaining teams have all hit the road to travel for their regional semifinal matchups. Players will be preparing for the chance to reach the Elite 8, and are just two wins away from Atlanta and the Final Four. The players who step up the most will lead their teams to victory. but at the end of the tournament, there can only be one Most Outstanding Player.

There have been several candidates at the top of the list of favorites who have shown why they belonged there in the first place going into the NCAA Tournament.

But as we approach the Sweet 16, Bovada Sportsbook has once again formed betting odds to win Most Outstanding Player for the 2013 NCAA Tournament. To no surprise, players from the top teams favored to win it all are at the head of the class.

2013 Tourney M.O.P. Top-5

Russ Smith (LOU) – 6/1 (+600)

Victor Oladipo (IND) -7/1 (+700)

Cody Zeller (IND) – 9/1 (+900)

Peyton Siva (LOU) – 9/1 (+900)

Aaron Craft (OSU) – 10/1 (+1000)

See Rest Of Odds At Bovada

Louisville’s Russ Smith leads the way, going off at 6 to 1 on the betting lines to win the award. That would likely mean the Cardinals will need to win the national title as well, for which they are the favorites to do so in that regard.

Smith has scored 50 points in two games for the Cardinals, putting up 23 against North Carolina A&T in the second round, and 27 points against Colorado State. He led Louisville in scoring this season, averaging over 18 points per game.

Behind the top Louisville contender is Victor Oladipo of Indiana. The Hoosiers star has been big for the team, especially in the third round game against Temple. Indiana faced a big challenge against the Owls, and Oladipo hit a huge three-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play to put the Hoosiers up by four points, effectively icing the game. He is set just behind Smith on the betting line here, slated at 7 to 1 on the payout.

Oladipo’s teammate Cody Zeller is not far behind. Zeller has continued to be a great inside presence for the top team in the East Region, and has been instrumental in second-chance opportunities. Zeller will have to play well in the Hoosiers upcoming Sweet 16 game with Syracuse and beyond if they hope to advance. Zeller comes in at 9 to 1 to win the NCAA Tourney MVP.

Another Cardinal comes into the party here to keep with the theme of Indiana and Louisville players. That would be guard Peyton Siva. Silva is a dynamic playmaker and a great defender. He has six steals in two games thus far, as well as 13 assists. Silva is tied with Zeller on the odds, set at 9 to 1.

Rounding out the top-five favorites to win the MOP in the tourney is Ohio State’ Aaron Craft. Craft is the leader of the No.2 seed in the West Regional, and has been big for the buckeyes so far. That was demonstrated with a game-winning shot against Iowa State with less than one second remaining to life Ohio State into the round of 16. Craft does it all for Ohio State. He can score, but more important he is great at creating plays for his teammates, and playing all-world defense. At 10 to 1, he’d almost be a lock to win the award should Ohio State win the national championship.

Below you can find the complete list of NCAA Tournament MOP favorites heading into the Sweet 16. Be sure to check them out, and see which ones you like going the rest of the way.

Vegas Odds For Most Outstanding Player Of 2013 NCAA Tournamentfound at Bovada

  • Russ Smith (Louisville) 6/1
  • Victor Oladipo (Indiana) 7/1
  • Cody Zeller (Indiana) 9/1
  • Peyton Siva (Louisville) 9/1
  • Aaron Craft (Ohio State) 10/1
  • Shane Larkin (Miami Florida) 10/1
  • Deshaun Thompson (Ohio State) 12/1
  • Seth Curry (Duke) 12/1
  • Trey Burke (Michigan) 14/1
  • Jeff Withey (Kansas) 16/1
  • Erik Murphy (Florida) 25/1
  • Gary Harris (Michigan State) 25/1
  • Mason Plumlee (Duke) 25/1
  • Mike Rosario (Florida) 25/1
  • Travis Releford (Kansas) 25/1
  • Adreian Payne (Michigan State) 30/1
  • Ben McLemore (Kansas) 30/1
  • Ryan Kelly (Duke) 30/1
  • C.J. Fair (Syracuse) 40/1
  • Derrick Nix (Michingan State) 40/1
  • Durand Scott (Miami Florida) 40/1
  • James Sutherland (Syracuse) 40/1
  • Mark Lyons (Arizona) 40/1
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan) 40/1
  • Brandon Triche (Syracuse) 50/1
  • Gorgui Deng (Louisville) 50/1
  • Keith Appling (Michigan State) 50/1
  • Kenny Boynton (Florida) 50/1
  • Elijah Johnson (Kansas) 75/1
  • Vander Blue (Marquette) 75/1
  • Daymeon Dotson (Oregon) 100/1
  • Ramone Galloway (Lasalle) 100/1
  • Sherman Brown (Florida Gulf Coast) 100/1
  • eshaun Thompson (Ohio State) 12/1
  • Seth Curry (Duke) 12/1
  • Trey Burke (Michigan) 14/1
  • Jeff Withey (Kansas) 16/1
  • Erik Murphy (Florida) 25/1
  • Gary Harris (Michigan State) 25/1
  • Mason Plumlee (Duke) 25/1
  • Mike Rosario (Florida) 25/1
  • Travis Releford (Kansas) 25/1
  • Adreian Payne (Michigan State) 30/1
  • Ben McLemore (Kansas) 30/1
  • Ryan Kelly (Duke) 30/1
  • C.J. Fair (Syracuse) 40/1
  • Derrick Nix (Michingan State) 40/1
  • Durand Scott (Miami Florida) 40/1
  • James Sutherland (Syracuse) 40/1
  • Mark Lyons (Arizona) 40/1
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan) 40/1
  • Brandon Triche (Syracuse) 50/1
  • Gorgui Deng (Louisville) 50/1
  • Keith Appling (Michigan State) 50/1
  • Kenny Boynton (Florida) 50/1
  • Elijah Johnson (Kansas) 75/1
  • Vander Blue (Marquette) 75/1
  • Daymeon Dotson (Oregon) 100/1
  • Ramone Galloway (Lasalle) 100/1
  • Sherman Brown (Florida Gulf Coast) 100/1

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