March Madness MVP Odds: Jalen Suggs Now The Odds-On Favorite

Betting on the most outstanding player of the NCAA Tournament is a fun new prop that can provide some nice value for your March Madness bets.

Posted: Apr 4, 2021 9:19 AM ET Updated: Apr 14, 2021 9:19 AM ET
Jalen Suggs Gonzaga Bulldogs NCAA Tournament
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Making the Final Four and winning the national title during March Madness takes a team effort, but among those championship teams is always one standout player named the most outstanding player. 

March Madness MVP odds is a relatively new betting market in most jurisdictions, but there can certainly be value found—especially if you have a good feeling which team will be crowned champion on April 5.

Update: Jared Butler cashed in as March Madness MVP in 2021. Butler was available at +500 prior to the national championship game and interestingly was the pre-tournament favorite to win the award at +590.

March Madness 2021 MVP Odds

Player Team Odds (as of April 4)
Jalen Suggs Gonzaga -143
Drew Timme Gonzaga +105
Davion Mitchell Baylor +250
Jared Butler Baylor +500
Joel Ayayi Gonzaga +500
Corey Kispert Gonzaga +900
MaCio Teague Baylor +1,000
Matthew Mayer Baylor +3,300
Andrew Nembhard Gonzaga +3,500
Adam Flagler Baylor +4,000
Flo Thamba Baylor +10,000
Mark Vital Baylor +10,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

After a wild Final Four, which saw Baylor blow out Houston and Gonzaga scratch by UCLA in what is already an instant classic, March Madness MVP odds have shifted at the top.

Gonzaga's Jalen Suggs, following a dominant performance on both ends of the court – capped off with a 40-foot buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win the game in overtime – is the odds-on favorite to win MVP at -143.

His Bulldogs teammate, center Drew Timme, is second at +105 after dropping 25 points against the Bruins and facing a Baylor team that isn't known for its size down low. Speaking of the Bears, sparkplug point guard Davion Mitchell (+250), has the best odds of any Baylor player, while his teammate Jared Butler and Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi round out the Top 5 at +500.

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. 

2021 MVP Picks

Drew Timme +450

Gonzaga entered the NCAA Tournament as the National Title favorite and has done nothing to dissuade that notion after trampling all four opponents by at least 16 points.

Timme didn't need to do much in limited minutes in the first round against Norfolk State, but he's been the Zags best player ever since averaging 25 points per game on 64.4 percent shooting over the last three games. He's fresh off a 23-point performance against USC where he also added 5 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals.  

The big man has been a force for the Zags all season and now he has the media narrative as well, with his sweet stache and energetic celebrations getting plenty of attention. Don't forget the role that could play in an award decided by a media panel.

Pick made March 30

Where can I bet on the March Madness MVP? 

March Madness is one of the most popular times of the year for sports bettors, which of course makes it one of the busiest times of the year for online sportsbooks. Every betting site will offer March Madness odds but the top sites are safe and secure, offer a wide range of banking options, and give you a ton of markets for each game. Check out the best March Madness betting sites for MVP Odds in your region.

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. 

Year MVP School Odds (pre-tournament)
2021 Jared Butler Baylor +590
2020 No tournament
2019 Kyle Guy Virginia +525
2018 Donte DiVincenzo Villanova +1,700
2017 Joel Berry North Carolina  NA
2016 Ryan Arcidiacono Villanova  NA
2015 Tyus Jones Duke  NA
2014 Shabazz Napier UConn  NA
2013 Luke Hancock Louisville  NA
2012 Anthony Davis Kentucky  NA
2011 Kemba Walker UConn  NA
2010 Kyle Singler Duke  NA
2009 Wayne Ellington North Carolina  NA
2008 Mario Chalmers Kansas  NA
2007 Corey Brewer Florida  NA
2006 Joakim Noah Florida  NA
2005 Sean May North Carolina  NA
2004 Emeka Okafor UConn  NA
2003 Carmelo Anthony Syracuse  NA
2002 Juan Dixon Maryland  NA
2001 Shane Battier Duke  NA
2000 Mateen Cleaves Michigan St  NA

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

Instant Replay: March Madness MVP

  • 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.

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