NCAA Tournament MOP Pick
North Carolina may be favored to win the national championship tonight against Villanova, but who will walk away with the Tournament Most Outstanding Player honor?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Brice Johnson of UNC is favored to win the honor, as he has odds of -120, while Josh Hart of Villanova is at +325, Joel Berry II of UNC is at +500 and Marcus Paige of UNC is at +550.
Johnson is the leading scorer for UNC this season, averaging 17 points per game to go along with 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Johnson is averaging 20 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in the five tournaments. He also is putting up three blocks per game.
Hart has been the leader for Villanova all season, as he is putting up 15.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 51 percent from the field. In the NCAA Tournament, Hart is posting 15.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
Joel Berry II is averaging 12.6 points and 3.8 assists per game for the Tar Heels. Berry is putting up 12.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in the NCAA Tournament.
Paige is averaging 12.3 points and 3.7 assists per game for UNC this season. In the NCAA Tournament, Paige is averaging 13.8 points and 3.6 assists per game.
There are a lot of talented guards in this game, but Johnson is the force in the paint at 6-9, 228 pounds. Nobody has had an answer for him in this tournament, as he has had nearly a double-double in his last four games, including 20 points and 10 boards against Indiana. Villanova can shoot, but they can’t match what the Heels have in the frontcourt and that should be the difference in the game, with Johnson leading the way.
NCAA TOURNAMENT MOP FREE PICK: BRICE JOHNSON -120