With the 2023 college football season dominating the headlines at this time, you aren’t going to hear much about the college basketball season. Teams have started practicing throughout the country, and the action is actually going to start heating up in a hurry.
There are some great ways to bet on college basketball when it comes to looking at futures markets, and that includes betting on the winner of the Wooden Award. This award is given to the best college basketball player every year, and Zach Edey is trying to win it for a second year in a row.
Edey is going to have his work cut out for him if he is going to win it again, as there is a long list of talented players that are in play. The Purdue center is the overwhelming favorite at -175, but the odds tend to get a bit more crowded as you look down the list.
If you are going to make a futures bet, then you should always be looking for value, and there is great potential with this market. With that in mind, here are three underdog players that you should be looking at if you want to cash in.
Max Abmas (+2200)
Max Abmas is a player that already has created a big name for himself when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, and now he is taking his talents to Texas. The Longhorns have been a program on the rise for the last few years, and adding Abmas could put them over the top.
Abmas was an unbelievable scoring threat while playing at Oral Roberts, and he has proven that he can score on anyone. That is going to be important as life in the Big 12 is going to be a bit tougher, especially for a player of his size.
You always have to factor in some team success when betting on the Wooden Award, and Texas is going to have a chance to win the national championship next season. That will put Abmas firmly in play to win this award, and he is a player that is worth wagering on.
Caleb Love (+3300)
It can be extremely hard to keep track of where players are playing in college basketball, as there is a ton of movement each year. The transfer portal has created a huge mess when it comes to recruiting, and it even impacts the best programs in the country.
Caleb Love has left North Carolina for a chance to play at Arizona, and that should put him in the race to win the Wooden Award. Love nearly guided the Tar Heels to a national championship, and he is going to be the star with the Wildcats.
This is another team that should spend most of the season inside of the Top 10 as they are going to win the Pac-12 Conference this season. That will keep Love in the conversation, but it will be his play on the field that’s going to allow him to win this award.
Tyson Walker (+4000)
You have to go pretty far down the list in order to find Michigan State star guard Tyson Walker, but that’s a mistake. Walker is a player that is going to shoot up this list after the season starts because he is simply one of the best players in the country.
Michigan State should start the season ranked inside of the top five, and they are going to give Purdue a big challenge in the Big Ten Conference. Walker was a superstar during the NCAA Tournament run last year for Michigan State, and he is only going to get better.
There is some serious value in betting on Walker at +4000 to win the Wooden Award, and now is a perfect time to make that wager.