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Brunson, Bagley Lead March Madness MOP Odds

Brunson, Bagley Lead March Madness MOP Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

Jalen Brunson averaged just 26 minutes of playing time during the Villanova Wildcats’ two lopsided victories in the opening weekend of this year’s NCAA Tournament. However, as the Wildcats look toward Friday’s Sweet Sixteen matchup with the West Virginia Mountaineers as 6-point favorites, the Villanova point guard has emerged as a +600 favorite on the 2018 March Madness Most Outstanding Player odds.

Brunson is coming off an outstanding junior campaign during which he led the squad with 19.1 points and 4.7 assists per game, and earned Big East Player of the Year honors. The 21-year-old was also a member of the Villanova squad that claimed the 2016 national championship, but was used sparingly in last weekend’s wins over No.16 Radford and No.9 Alabama.

However, Brunson still averaged 14 points per game in those outings and is likely to take on a much larger role in Friday night’s game at TD Garden.

Brunson is joined atop the March Madness MOP odds at +600 by Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III. The 19-year-old forward had an immediate impact in his first season with the Blue Devils, tallying 21.2 points per game and racking up 21 double-double performances during the regular season.

Bagley showed no signs of slowing down in Duke’s lopsided victories over No.15 Iona and No.7 Rhode Island to open this year’s NCAA Tournament, and compiled 19 points back in February in a 60-44 win over the Syracuse Orange, whom the Blue Devils face on Friday night as 11.5-point favorites on the Sweet Sixteen odds.

 

Allen Third on March Madness MOP Prop Bet

Further down the odds to win this year’s March Madness Most Outstanding Player award, Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen and Villanova´s Mikal Bridges sit at +1000, just ahead of Devonte Graham of the Kansas Jayhawks at +1200 and Kentucky’s Kevin Knox at +1400.

Allen has been a steadier presence for the Blue Devils during his senior year, averaging 15.6 points per game, and has topped 20 points in five of his past 11 appearances, but was held to just six points in last month’s meeting with the Orange.

Bridges hit on five of eight three-point attempts, and led all scorers with 23 points in Villanova’s 81-58 victory over the Crimson Tide as an 11-point favorite, continuing the strong play that earned him Big East Tournament MVP honors two weeks ago. Overall, Bridges has shown steady improvement in his junior season, and has averaged an impressive 21.8 points per game over his past 11 contests.

Knox entered his first NCAA Tournament after claiming SEC Freshman of the Year honors, and didn’t disappoint with a 25-point performance in UK’s 78-73 Round of 64 win over Davidson as a 4.5-point favorite.

Graham filled his trophy case during his senior year with Kansas. The 23-year-old was named Big 12 Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-American while racking up a personal best 17.4 points per game and 7.5 assists per game, and opened the tournament with 29 points in the Jayhawks’ 76-60 win over Pennsylvania.

Gonzaga’s Johnathan Williams is also pegged as a +1400 March Madness MOP prop bet, with teammate Killian Tillie at +1600 and Michigan’s Moritz Wagner at +1500.

 

*Odds as of March 22, 2018

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