Final Four Most Outstanding Player Odds: Zach Edey, Donovan Clingan the Early Favorites

Scott Edwards Jr.
Scott Edwards Jr.@ScottEdwardsJr

The NCAA Tournament is down to the Sweet 16, which means the Final Four and the National Championship are right around the corner.

With the tournament well underway, it's time to look at who can get to the end. Whichever teams get to the end, it'll likely have a lot to due with their best players -- which brings me to the Final Four Most Outstanding Player odds.

As seen throughout the history of the NCAA Tournament, the best players in this tournament are the ones who show up in the biggest moments. FanDuel Sportsbook has the odds that reflect not only the best players in the tournament but the best teams and who their best players are. The top teams to win this tournament are represented well in the market, and rightfully so.

Let's check out the Final Four Most Outstanding Player odds via the college basketball odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Final Four Most Outstanding Player Odds

Final Four Most Outstanding Player Odds
Zach Edey+650
Donovan Clingan+650
Jamal Shead+1000
Tristen Newton+1000
Cam Spencer+1300
Caleb Love+1600
Dalton Knecht+1600
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Zach Edey, Purdue (+650)

To the surprise of no one, Zach Edey is a co-favorite in the odds to take home the Final Four Most Outstanding Player honor. Purdue's 7'4 center is already the reigning Naismith Men's College Player of the Year, and he'll likely win the award again this season.

In the regular season, Edey averaged 24.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.3 blocks. In his first game of the Big Dance, Edey recorded a 30-point, 21-rebound game. In the Round of 32, Edey helped lead Purdue to a 39-point win over Utah State -- scoring 21 points while adding 14 rebounds and 3 blocks in the one-sided victory.

Edey is off to a hot start, but it's all about getting Purdue to that championship and winning it all. Purdue will have a tough test next as they play Gonzaga in the Sweet 16. If Edey and Purdue can fight off the Bulldogs, then they'll get another difficult foe in Creighton or Tennessee on the other side.

If Purdue is going to make this run to the title, it's going to be Edey who is the main force behind it. Placing a bet on him is believing in the top-seeded Boilermakers to win it all.

Donovan Clingan, Connecticut (+650)

Connecticut is the favorite to win it all, listed at +220 odds to win the college basketball National Championship. It's only right that they're represented in the top five with three players -- led by Donovan Clingan.

Clingan has been solid all season for UConn. He's averaged 12.8 points to go with 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.4 blocks per game. The center has been a difference-maker on both ends of the court, which gives him the inside track with Connecticut trying to go back-to-back.

The first two tournament games were a strong start for Clingan, as he recorded 19 and 14 points in them. Averaging 11 rebounds in the two games has been great, as well, but it's his defensive performance against Northwestern that needs the most respect. The sophomore recorded eight blocks in Connecticut's 75-58 win over Northwestern.

More big performances on both ends will be needed from Clingan, but if all goes well, he has the inside track amongst UConn's core piece to take home the honor if they can repeat.

Jamal Shead, Houston (+1000)

Houston has the second-best odds to take the National Championship. If they can get it done, it'll likely be Jamal Shead who leads them to victory.

With the third-best odds among players to take home this award, Shead led by example in the first two rounds. He didn't need to play much in the opening round, scoring only 11 points and adding 9 assists in the 86-46 win against Longwood. It was the Round of 32 where Shead showed out the most, helping Houston survive Texas A&M in overtime by recording 21 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds.

Duke is up next for Houston, and that'll be a stiff test for Shead and company.

The scare in the Round of 32 may be a reason to shy away from betting on Shead (and Houston), but Houston has shown all year that it's one of the nation's truly elite squads. If they can win it all, Shead will likely be the Cougar to win this award.

Tristen Newton (+1000) and Cam Spencer, Connecticut (+1300)

Closing out the top five are two more Connecticut stars -- the backcourt duo of Tristen Newton and Cam Spencer.

Newton was the team's leading scorer and passer in the regular season. He averaged 15.2 points and 6.2 assists along with an impressive 6.8 rebounds. Spencer wasn't too bad, either, coming in second in terms of points per game (14.4) and shooting 44.0% from deep.

In two tourney games, Newton put up 13 and 20 points but also dished out 18 assists. He recorded a double-double in the win over Northwestern.

Spencer scored 15 in the first game and just 11 in the second. If he's going to outdo Newton or Clingan in the hunt for Most Outstanding Player, he will have to come through in the big games coming up.

UConn will be taking on San Diego State in the next round. Of course, the Aztecs barely got out of the first round against UAB but were able to make up for it by running through Yale with a 28-point win in the second round.

If you think UConn wins it all, you may want to roll the dice on either of these two at their odds rather than Clingan at his.

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