Final Four Betting: MVP Odds & Free Picks

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A week ago, here at Cappers Info, we took a look at a handful of players that should've been on your radar to win the MVP of this tournament. One small problem: All five guys had their teams get eliminated by the end of the weekend. So we're back once again with the odds and picks for the MVP of the Final Four.

The Favorite: West Virginia F Da'Sean Butler (+340) – And why not? Butler has truly been the hero for the Mountaineers down the stretch of this season, nailing a pair of game-winning shots in the Big East Tournament and coming up big with 17.3 points per game so far in the NCAAs. There's virtually no way that West Virginia can win the NCAA Tournament without Butler playing like an MVP, and though he may not actually be the man that wins it, this is a pick that you just have to make if you happen to think that HC Bob Huggins is going to bring a title home to Morgantown.

The Dubious Dookie: Duke Blue Devils F Kyle Singler (+550) – It became pretty apparent last week when the Blue Devils took on Baylor that Singler was having all sorts of problems with the athleticism of Baylor's bigs such as F Ekpe Udoh. It was the first game in Singler's four year career in which he was held without a field goal (0/10 from the floor, 0/5 from downtown). He can expect to see similar athletes on the court in blue and gold this week, as Butler and fellow Fs Devin Ebanks and Kevin Jones are both long, lanky, pain in the neck defenders that should stuff him up. We don't like Duke's chances of winning the whole enchilada anyway, so toss Singler out of the mix to win MVP honors.

The Rabid Bulldog: Butler Bulldogs G Shelvin Mack (+1000) – Mack has a lot of things going against him right now, as his Bulldogs aren't likely to win the NCAA Tournament, and he plays second fiddle on a team that doesn't do a heck of a lot of scoring. Still, if there's a member of Butler that you're going to take at long odds to be hit or miss, this is a good candidate. Mack, unlike his teammate, F Gordon Hayward, has the ability to take over the game from the outside. He's also a very streaky player and does average over 13 points per game. He'll need to do better than that to cash this ticket for you, but he's got the capability to catching some fire, especially behind a crowd that is going to be pro-Butler, to carry the Bulldogs to the National Championship and to earn the MVP award.

Sparty's Sucker Bet: Michigan State Spartans G Korie Lucious (+1200) – Lucious would be a nice story to win the MVP award for the Spartans, as he replaced G Kalin Lucas in the lineup after he ruptured his Achilles tendon against Maryland in the second round of the dance. However, the truth of the matter is that Lucious has already had his moment in the sun, and his numbers just aren't going to warrant him winning the award. In what has amounted to be three games as a starting guard, Lucious has played plenty of minutes, but has only scored a total of 31 points and dished out ten assists. That just won't cut it, even on his own team, as guys like G Durrell Summers and F Raymar Morgan should be putting up better numbers.


Current Odds To Win 2010 NCAA Tournament MVP @ 5Dimes (as of 3/31/10)
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Da'Sean Butler +340
Nolan Smith +500
Jon Scheyer +525
Kyle Singler +550
Durrell Summers +650
Gordon Hayward +850
Kevin Jones +850
Shelvin Mack +1000
Korie Lucious +1200
Raymar Morgan +1400
Devin Ebanks +1500
Matt Howard +1500
Field +1800
Joe Mazzulla +2200
Chris Allen +2500
Lance Thomas +2500

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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