Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe The Most Popular Bet for Wooden Award

Oscar Tshiebwe Wooden Award Background

  • Oscar Tshiebwe is the most popular bet for the Wooden Award at BetMGM with 11% of the tickets and 20% of the total betting handle.
  • Tshiebwe was named as the Naismith Trophy Player of the Week last week with two double-doubles and a 2-0 record for the Wildcats.
  • Tshiebwe and Johnny Davis are the current co-favorites to win the Wooden Award at +350.

Oscar Tshiebwe isn’t just dominating on the basketball court. He is also ruling the betting arena.

Kentucky’s 6-9 junior is averaging 15.8 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.9 steals per game this season and has led the no. 5 Wildcats to a 19-4 SU overall and 8-2 Conference record, 2nd in the SEC.

Tshiebwe is also the most popular bet for the Wooden Award at the best College Basketball betting sites.

According to BetMGM, Tshiebwe owns 11% of the total betting tickets issued and 20% of the total betting handle wagered for the Wooden Award, the most in their respective categories at the said online sportsbook.

Last Week’s Naismith Trophy Player of the Week

Last week, Tshiebwe was named as the Naismith Trophy Player of the Week after leading the Wildcats to back-to-back wins over Mississippi State and no. 5 Kansas. Tshiebwe had a monster 21 points and 22 rebounds effort against the Bulldogs and had another double-double with 17 points and 14 boards against the Jayhawks.

After grabbing 15 rebounds during Kentucky’s 66-55 win over Alabama last Sunday, Tshiebwe upped his season average to 15.2 rebounds per game this season. If he can keep up that pace, he could end up with the highest rebounding average in NCAA Division I basketball in the last 40 seasons.

To put things in perspective, here are other notable names and their highest rebounding season in college basketball: Tim Duncan 14.7 RPG, Shaquille O’Neal 14.6 RPG, Kenneth Faried 14.5 RPG, Blake Griffin 14.4 RPG, and Dikembe Mutombo 12.1 RPG. The only player to hit 15.0 RPG during that span was Fardaws Aimaq of the Utah Valley Wolverines of the WAC in 2020-21.

Wooden Award Late Season Watch List

Tshiebwe, UCLA’s Johnny Juzang, Auburn freshman Jabari Smith, Duke blue-chip freshman Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga’s Drew Timme, Chet Holmgren, and Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji were among the 20 players chosen for the Wooden Award Late Season Watch List.

Timme and Banchero were the early frontrunners in the Wooden Award when the betting lines first opened. Just last January 25th, Timme was the most popular bet at BetMGM with 11% of the tickets and 10% of the betting handle. Right now, Timme at +1400 still has 10% of the betting slips, tied with Purdue’s Jaden Ivey (+2000) for second place behind Tshiebwe.

As far as the betting handle is concerned, Agbaji is getting plenty of betting money with 18% of the total betting handle at his current +600 odds. Meanwhile, Davis is third behind Tshiebwe and Agbaji with 12% of the total money wagered for the Wooden Award. The Wisconsin star is Tshiebwe’s co-favorite to win the award at +350.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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