Following Tuesday’s games, Oscar Tshiebwe’s odds of winning John R. Wooden Player of the Year are now -300 at DraftKings Sportsbook. That implies he has a 75% of winning this award.
This comes after Tshiebwe recorded 18 points (9/12 shooting), 15 rebounds and two steals in Tuesday’s 83-72 win over Ole Miss.
It would appear Tshiebwe’s biggest competition for NPOY is Wisconsin Badgers guard Johnny Davis, as he currently sits in second place at +700 odds.
In Tuesday’s win over No. 8 Purdue, Davis had 16 points (5/12 shooting) and eight boards.
Of course, there are six NPOY awards in total, so it’s possible Tshiebwe wins some but not all of them. Still, it looks like he’s a near-lock to take home at least one of them.
Oscar Tshiebwe has been a superstar for the Kentucky Wildcats this season, and he’s now in a great spot to be named National Player of the Year.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Oscar is averaging 16.9 points, 15.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.5 blocks, and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 59% from the field.
After his 30-point/18-rebound performance Saturday at Arkansas, Oscar officially passed Frank Ramsey for the fourth-most rebounds in a single season in program history with 445 thus far.
The three ahead of his are:
1) Bill Spivey: 567 in 1950-51
2) Cliff Hagan: 525 in 1951-52
3) Bob Burrow: 459 in 1954-55
With the regular season coming to an end, let's take a look at the updated odds for the John R. Wooden National Player of the Year race from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Oscar is currently the favorite and for the first time in minus odds of bringing home the award.
1) Oscar Tshiebwe: -240
2) Johnny Davis: +750
3) Keegan Murray: +1100
4) Kofi Cockburn:+1200
5) Ochai Agbaji: +1200
6) Jabari Smith: +4000
7) Chet Holmgren: +4000
8) Jaden Ivey: +4000
9) Bennedict Mathurin: +6000
10) Drew Timme: +6000
I think it is obvious that Oscar deserves to be named the NPOY. Hopefully, that is how the voters see it as well.
You can check out the full list of Player of the Year odds here.
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