There are two honors on the line in tonight’s UVA-Texas Tech matchup. The first is obvious, as the winner takes home a National Championship, but the second honor up for grabs is the Most Outstanding Player award. Here are the complete odds for 2019’s distinction.
Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech (+170)
Jarrett Culver has been Texas Tech’s offensive catalyst throughout the NCAA Tournament. The guard has averaged 19.2 PPG through five contests. It’s also worth noting that the Red Raiders have produced a few blowout wins, resulting in reduced minutes for Culver. He’s played over 34 minutes in only one game so far in the tournament. That makes his offensive production even more impressive. He’s averaging four assists per game as well. Tonight’s game presents a potential defensive struggle, where every offensive possession is crucial. UVA will be all over Culver, so if the sophomore can come anywhere close to his tournament average in points, it will be huge for Texas Tech. If the Red Raiders win tonight, there is no doubt about who will win the Most Outstanding Player award.
Ty Jerome, Virginia (+260)
Ty Jerome may have double dribbled during Saturday’s win against the Auburn Tigers. But even if he was called on it, that wouldn’t have changed the fact that this was his best performance of the tournament. Jerome scored 21 points and added six assists in the win. This came just a week after his incredible, 24-point, seven-assist effort against the Purdue Boilermakers. It’s obvious Head Coach Tony Bennett wants Jerome on the court in every situation. Just look at his minutes throughout the tournament – 37, 40, 39, 45 and 34. Of course, the 45-minute game came in an overtime victory. On a team that features a potential lottery pick, in De’Andre Hunter, Jerome has been the best player to wear a Cavaliers jersey during March Madness.
Kyle Guy, Virginia (+440)
It might come as a bit of a surprise that Kyle Guy doesn’t even have the most favorable odds on his team. After all, Guy delivered in the toughest of situations, hitting all three of his free throws against Auburn to send his program to the championship game. Sure, the final foul call may have been controversial, but it only became a discussion because Guy came through in the clutch. The most impressive thing about Guy is that he is playing better as the games get more important. He averaged just six PPG during the first two rounds of play, but has stepped it up since, putting up 16.6 PPG. That figure is above his season average in that category. If Guy plays a prominent role in a win tonight, he’ll likely end up with some hardware.
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia (+550)
De’Andre Hunter was second on the Cavaliers in points and rebounds this season, two statistics crucial for his team’s success. He faced some criticism after two subpar outings against Purdue and Oregon, but responded with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in the memorable win over Auburn. Another solid effort against Texas Tech, both offensively and defensively, could boost Hunter’s odds to win the award at FanDuel Sportsbook by the end of the evening. Some early mock NBA drafts have the 6-foot-7 Hunter going as high as number four overall. Can Hunter end his collegiate career on an ultimate high note, by winning a title and the Most Outstanding Player honor?
The Rest Of The Field
Matt Mooney, Texas Tech (+750)
Tariq Owens, Texas Tech (+2400)
Davide Moretti, Texas Tech (+3000)
Kihei Clark, Virginia (+4000)
Mamadi Diakite, Virginia (+4000)
Norense Odiase, Texas Tech (+4500)