Jimmer Fredette Headlines College Basketball Player Of The Year Odds

February 10th, 2011- By Bryan Cross

With the College Basketball season in full-swing and in the last month of the regular season before the NCAA Tournament begins in March, teams and players alike are beginning to assert themselves and try and make a push towards a berth or a high seed with a chance to win a National Championship.

The defending national champion Duke Blue Devils entered the season as the betting favorites to repeat on most online sportsbooks. As the season has progressed, the Blue Devils remain in the conversation among the top favorites, but other teams like undefeated Ohio State have come on strong with oddsmakers.

Many of the top teams in the country are spearheaded by great caliber players, with oddsmakers formulating odds on the player of the year in college basketball for the 2010-11 season.

Leading the way in the line of betting favorites to win the Naismith Trophy is Jimmer Fredette of the BYU Cougars. The Cougars rank No.7 in the current edition of the AP Poll, tabbing a 23-2 record on the season. Fredette leads the country in scoring, averaging 27.5 points per game. Fredette is a natural scorer that seems to have a sense of how to get the ball in the basketball from any varying point on the floor. Thus, he has put BYU in a position to win the Mountain West Conference, and make a case for a very high seed in the NCAA tournament with just a handful of games remaining in the regular season. Fredette leads all other players installed with odds on Bodog Sportsbook for the National Player of the Year, sitting at 5/4.

Ohio State is a unanimous No.1 team in the land as the only remaining unbeaten team in Division I. At 24-0, the Buckeyes have just six games that separate them from an undefeated regular season and a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. That, in large part has been by the effort of Jared Sullinger. Sullinger leads the Buckeyes with 18 points per game, and in rebounds by bringing down over 10 per game. He is the driving force behind Ohio State’s success this season and a reason that they are National Championship contenders in 2011. Sullinger has been set ay 7/4, second in the line of favorites behind only Fredette.

Duke’s Nolan Smith made his case for player of the year on Wednesday night in the No.5 Blue Devils 16-point comeback-victory against the No.21 North Carolina Tar Heels in what is arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports. Playing at home for the last time against the Tar Heels, the senior guard scored a career-high 34 points to spearhead a comeback and propel Duke to likely their biggest victory of the season to-date. Smith leads the ACC in scoring, and has been set with odds at 3/1 on Bodog.

Connecticut’s Kemba Walker averages 23.2 points per game in arguably the toughest conference in the nation in the Big East. He has lead No.10 Connecticut throughout the course of the season, putting the team in position for a high seed in the NCAA tournament if they can continue to win late in the year and a couple of games in the Big East tournament. Walker is a dynamic playmaker capable of scoring in many ways, but also can get his teammates involved in the game. Walkers has been set at 10/1 to win the award.

Full Odds Courtesy of Bodog Sportsbook-

Jimmer Fredette (BYU) 5/4
Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) 7/4
Nolan Smith (Duke) 3/1
Kemba Walker (Connecticut) 10/1
Field (Any Other Player) 5/1


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