Count Las Vegas oddsmakers among the many fans of BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, the nation's leading scorer.
According to ESPN The Magazine's Chad Millman, it's Fredette who is favored to win the Wooden Award.
Naturally, if you check out the odds at The Greek to win the Wooden Award as college basketball's best player, Jimmer is at -250; next best is Jared Sullinger from Ohio State at +250 (who wasn't even on the preseason list of finalists), followed by Duke's Nolan Smith at +500. It's worth noting -- so the point I eventually make will seem that much more brilliant -- that on the preseason list Smith was overshadowed by Kyle Singler. And, if Kyrie Irving doesn't hurt his toe, he's probably giving Fredette a run for his money, not Smith. Bringing up the rear, other than the field at +1000, is Kemba Walker, at +2500.
"It's a no brainer he's going to win," says the Las Vegas Hilton's Ed Salmons. "There's no value in anyone else. ESPN is like Jimmer TV, that's all you see. Can you imagine if this guy played at UConn? Or for the UConn women's team? He'd be on even more."
So Las Vegas, a place that knows Fredette well, is basically at this point in the season daring gamblers to pick someone else for the award.
Fredette will soon get a national showcase game on Feb. 26 when the Cougars play at San Diego State on CBS. A big performance and a win could very well be what seals the deal and puts him over the top.