NCAA Tournament 2013 Odds: Smartest MOP Picks from Each Final Four Team

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2013

Mar 30, 2013; Washington, D.C., USA; Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) reacts during the second half against the Marquette Golden Eagles in the finals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at the Verizon Center. Syracuse Orange won 55-39. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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It doesn't always have to be about which team is going to win.

While the Final Four doesn't offer the same betting opportunities as an event like the Super Bowl, there are plenty of ways to make some money this weekend.

Aside from simply choosing which of the four teams will win, you can bet on which player will win Most Outstanding Player. This is arguably much more fun because the chances of landing the winner are slightly tougher. You've got far more than four choices.

But then it's all about choosing the right player. You don't necessarily want to pick every favorite because the money might not make it worth the bet. Choosing too big a long shot will mean almost certainly no return on your investment.

Here is one player from each team you should look to as a potential Most Outstanding Player. Odds are via Bovada.

Louisville Cardinals: Peyton Siva, 7/1

With Russ Smith's odds at 4/5, there's no reason to put much money down on that. There's no question that he's the favorite of anybody remaining in the tournament to win Most Outstanding Player.

Don't discount Peyton Siva. With those odds, it's worth taking a gamble on him.

The opposing team is going to try locking down on Smith. While it may not stop him completely, it could blunt his impact.

That would leave Siva as the primary playmaker. He's been a little underwhelming this tournament, but he found his game in the Elite Eight, scoring 16 points and recording four assists. If he repeats that performance, people are going to stand up and take notice.

Wichita State Shockers: Malcolm Armstead, 30/1

Well, take your pick here. Malcolm Armstead and Cleanthony Early are coming in at 30/1, with Carl Hall right behind at 33/1. None of those chances are very good at all.

Early's the Shockers' leading scorer, but Armstead has stepped up the most for Wichita State. He's scored 62 points in the NCAA tournament to go along with 21 rebounds and 15 assists.

The variable for Armstead is his three-point shooting. He's leading the team in made three-pointers. If he knocks a couple down early, it will give him confidence later in the game and could result in Armstead lighting it up.

Syracuse Orange: Michael Carter-Williams, 8/1

Michael Carter-Williams is at his best when he's not taking a ton of shots a game. He's only averaging 12.1 points a game, which is fourth on the team. Without him, though, Syracuse wouldn't be in the Final Four.

MCW is one of the best perimeter defenders in the country. With a team that relies so heavily on that side of the game, Carter-Williams becomes the highest-profile player on the team.

Even if he scores 10 points, people are going to notice when Carter-Williams gets out and shuts down opposing shooters, whomever they may be. He's also recording 2.8 steals a game, so he can help to create some nice fast breaks that will show up in the highlight reel.

Michigan Wolverines: Mitch McGary, 12/1

Trey Burke is the star, but he's arguably been outplayed by Mitch McGary. The freshman forward has scored 70 points in Michigan's four tournament wins. More impressively, those points have come on 33-of-45 shooting. That's some nice efficiency.

Many fans will remember Burke's game-tying three-pointer against Kansas. However, it was McGary's 25 points that propelled the Wolverines past the Jayhawks in the Sweet 16.

Along with his solid offense, McGary has crashed the boards in a major way. He's gotten double-doubles in two games, recording 14 rebounds in each. For the tournament, McGary has gotten 46 rebounds.

It that's double-double potential that makes him a viable candidate for the award.

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