Surviving as the March Madness champion is a team effort, but the star who earns the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player award will have played a critical part.
The Sweet 16 saw some big-time performances from star players as March Madness brackets continued to undergo a shakeup and the pool of players with March Madness odds to win MVP has thinned even further — including two of the three betting favorites removed following the losses by Alabama and Houston.
With the Final Four matchups locked in, check out the latest MOP odds board below.
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March Madness 2023 MVP Odds
Odds as of March 27, 2023.
March Madness 2023 MVP favorites
Adama Sanogo (+270)
With Alabama (Brandon Miller) and Houston (Marcus Sasser) no longer participants in the Big Dance, it makes sense that the star player for the current overall betting favorite sit is also in the mix — though he is just barely ahead of his teammate (with some books having Sanogo behind Jordan Hawkins).
The Huskies forward has been a beast all season, averaging 17.1 points and 7.5 rebounds, and while he recorded a double-double — and held Drew Timme to just 12 points — in a 28-point win over Gonzaga, he scored just 10 points and shot 3-for-11, opening the door for Hawkins.
Jordan Hawkins (+330)
If UConn guard Jordan Hawkins wasn't in the mix before, he is now after back-to-back 20-point games in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.
He's scored 44 points over those two dominant Huskies victories and is 16-for-32 from beyond the arc for the tournament, making a compelling case against his teammate Sanogo.
Latest March Madness MVP odds analysis
3/27, 9:00 a.m. ET: While UConn's Adama Sanogo and Jordan Hawkins are the consensus No. 1 and No. 2 on the odds board, the rest of it is a mixed bag.
While DraftKings has Miami's Jordan Miller third at +800, he's as long as +1,900 at FanDuel, which has his teammate Isaiah Wong third at +1,200 along with Darrion Trammell from San Diego State. Then there's bet365, which has FAU's Johnell Davis in a tie for third at +1,200 alongside Wong.
Previous March Madness MVP odds analysis
3/26, 9:10 a.m. ET: Gonzaga's loss on Saturday sees superstar Drew Timme fall out of the running, with Sanogo the +300 favorite at books such as FanDuel and bet365, followed by Sanogo's teammate Jordan Hawkins (+380/+400) and Texas star Marcus Carr (+800/+850).
The odds board at DraftKings tells a different story, as their MOP favorite is Hawkins (+300), with Sanogo just behind at +320. In fact, DK has a number of prices very different from other books, including Carr at 7/1, FAU's Johnell Davis at 12/1 (+850 at other operators), and San Diego State's Matt Bradley at 35/1 when he's as short as +1,200 elsewhere.
3/25, 8:40 a.m.: The ejections of Brandon Miller, Marcus Sasser, and the other key players from Alabama and Houston has led to some rapid ascensions up the odds board for March Madness MOP candidates.
At the time of writing, DraftKings was the only major operator offering these odds, but it featured UConn star Adama Sanogo jumping from the fourth spot (6/1) to the favorite at +400, while Drew Timme saw a slight shift from +600 to +550.
The biggest riser was Texas' Marcus Carr, who was at 18/1 yesterday and shot all the way up to +550 as well, while Creighton (which faces San Diego State in the South Region final) star Ryan Kalkbrenner went from +3,000 yesterday to the No. 4 spot at 10/1.
3/24, 9:26 a.m.: The early stages of the MOP odds board was littered with Houston and Alabama players, but following some incredible performances on Thursday, a trio of star players from the West Region have now entered the conversation.
Gonzaga's Drew Timme, who was as low as 13/1 before the Sweet 16, has now jumped as high as second at some books (around 6/1) following his 36/13/4 masterpiece in a win against UCLA, while UConn stars Adama Sonogo and Jordan Hawkins — who had 16 and 24 points in a dismantling of Arkansas — have also taken a big jump to join Timme, Brandon Miller, and Marcus Sasser in the Top 5.
Also vaulting up the board is Kansas State star Markquis Nowell, who wasn't in the Top 20 players on the board before last night... but is now just outside the Top 5 (around 15/1, in the neighborhood with Jarace Walaker) after putting on a clinic with 20 points and an NCAA Tournament record 19 assists in an overtime win against Michigan State.
3/23, 3:51 p.m.: Hours before the Sweet 16 starts, multiple sportsbooks are now offering MOP odds, including DraftKings, FanDuel, and bet365.
Miller is still the favorite, ranging from +370 to +400, with Sasser in the +500 to +650 range, while Gonzaga's Drew Timme is as low as 13/1, while UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. is as low as +1,100.
3/23, 9:32 a.m.: While the group of names at the top of the board has mostly remained the same, there has been some minor odds movement in the days since the end of Round 2.
Miller and Sasser both shortened to +370 and +650 from +410 and +850, respectively, while Gonzaga's Drew Timme moved into the No. 4 spot at 13/1. UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. still sits in the third spot at +1,200.
3/20, 9:00 a.m.: March Madness MVP odds returned at FanDuel this morning with Alabama's Brandon Miller in the top spot and Marcus Sasser from Houston at No. 2. Other notables include Jaime Jaquez Jr. from UCLA and Drew Timme from Gonzaga, both available at better than 15/1.
3/19, 10:22 a.m.: March Madness MVP odds remain off the board across all major sportsbooks, although when they do return, Houston's Marcus Sasser should again be at the top, as concerns about his groin were alleviated when he played 31 minutes in a Round 2 win over Maryland.
One team that won't be represented when odds return is Kansas, which was upset in the second round by Arkansas. The Jayhawks had a number of players near the top of the original MOP odds board, including Jalen Wilson, Gradey Dick, and Kevin McCullar Jr.
3/17, 10:30 a.m.: March Madness MVP odds are off the board at major outlets, with the overall favorite — Houston's Marcus Sasser — re-injuring himself in the Cougars' opening-round victory.
Sasser had injured his groin the week prior, but Houston felt the gamble to play him in the Round of 64 was a safe enough one. Oops.
His status for the rest of the tournament remains uncertain, freezing this market for oddsmakers as they await word on his prognosis.
3/13, 11:35 a.m.: March Madness MVP odds have now hit the board, albeit only at a handful of books.
Unibet is currently heavy on the top teams: The Houston Cougars comprise five of the Top 6 players on the board, led by star guard Marcus Sasser at +720, while Alabama (led by Brandon Miller at +800) has three of the Top 9 favorites, and Kansas' Jalen Wilson (+1,100) is in the Top 7... but then the Jayhawks have four other players in the Top 20.
Outside of those favorites, UCLA's backcourt duo of Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Tyger Campbell, Purdue star Zach Edey, Gonzaga's Drew Timme, UConn's Adama Sonogo, Arizona's Azuolas Tubelis, and Baylor's Keyontae George are the only other players available at 20/1 or shorter.
How is the March Madness MVP decided?
The honor of March Madness MVP is awarded by the Associated Press after the NCAA Tournament. Most often, the Most Outstanding Player comes from the NCAA championship team. There have been a dozen players named MVP that weren’t on championship teams.
History of the March Madness MVP
Not all Final Four MVPs go on to the pros, but they live on forever in NCAA Tournament glory — especially if you bet on their odds to win March Madness MVP. Tournament MVPs almost always come from the winning team. The last player to be named MVP whose team did not win was Hakeem Olajuwon for the Houston Cougars in 1983.
Most betting sites have offered odds on the tournament MVP for a few years now, but sportsbooks based in Nevada have only been allowed to book this March Madness prop since 2016.
|2017||Joel Berry||North Carolina|
|2009||Wayne Ellington||North Carolina|
|2005||Sean May||North Carolina|
|2000||Mateen Cleaves||Michigan St|
The above odds for March Madness MVP are listed in American format. Using Kyle Guy as an example, his odds were listed as +525. This means that a $100 wager would have profited $525. Going back a year to Donte DiVincenzo, a $100 wager would have profited $1700.
American odds can be converted to decimal or fractional using our odds converter.
March Madness MVP trends
- March Madness MVP odds are usually topped by multiple players from the top-seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament.
- Final Four MVP odds are released after Selection Sunday and will adjust throughout the tournament as teams advance and get eliminated.
- 68 of the 80 March Madness MVP winners have come from championship-winning teams.
March Madness MVP Odds FAQs
The Associated Press votes on the March Madness MVP after the National Championship Game.
UConn's Adama Sanogo is the current betting favorite, followed by Texas' Marcus Carr and Gonzaga's Drew Timme.
Ochai Agbaji of Kansas won the award in 2022 with pre-tournament odds of +1,700.