Starting later this month, the best teams in college basketball take to hoop courts all throughout the country with dreams of winning the NCAA Tournament 2021 runner up Gonzaga enters the season a +600 favorite. Michigan, UCLA, and Duke are second, third, and the fourth choices to take the tile. Check out current NCAAB National Championship odds and an analysis of those odds.
Updated CBB National Championship Odds to Win
2022 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament
- When: March 15 – April 4
NCAAB National Championship Odds
- Gonzaga +600
- Michigan +1000
- UCLA +1200
- Villanova +1200
- Duke +1400
- Purdue +1400
- Kansas +1600
- Kentucky +1600
- Texas +1600
- Memphis +1600
- Ohio State +1800
- Alabama +1800
- Baylor +2000
- Florida State +2000
- Illinois +2000
Is Gonzaga an underlay or overlay at +600?
The Zags lost Jalen Suggs, Joel Ayayi and Corey Kispert, but Mark Few reloaded big time. The top recruit in the country, 7’ 0” Chet Holmgren, is headed to Gonzaga.
Holmgren is a crazy tall player with an awesome outside shot and great handle. He’s a better shooting, much taller, Ben Simmons.
But although Holmgren is the most unique player maybe ever to step onto a college campus, the kid weighs 195 lbs. He’s too light to bang with the top power forwards and centers in college hoops, which means his impact will be limited.
The Zags must count on returning player Drew Timme and Andrew Nembhard. Gonzaga’s best chance to win the title was last season. This season, they should offer no lower odds than +1000 to cut down the nets.
Which team among Michigan, UCLA and Villanova, who deserves the longer look?
Coach Jay Wright has won two National Championships. This year’s team can add a third.
Collin Gillespie, one of the best guards in the nation, returns. So does Jermaine Samuels. Wright believes his team can go 9 to 10 deep, which means nobody is going to beat Villanova by tiring them out. Nova looks strong.
Although favoring Villanova slightly more than UCLA makes sense, the Bruins are also a loaded bunch. Westwood lost a couple of players last season. Neither loss should impact UCLA’s chances to win the title.
Coach Mike Cronin will lean on Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang, who in his first year with UCLA became an NCAA Tournament star. Cody Riley is a great player and Myles Johnson, a transfer from Rutgers, could end up the best big man in the Pac-12.
Michigan can win the championship. But the odds are +1000 compared to UCLA and Villanova at +1200. Don’t accept short odds on the Wolverines.
Name one or two teams offering +1400 to +1800 odds that can win the NCAA Tournament?
Kentucky loses players every season. After last season, John Calipari lost a ton of talent. But Coach Cal did something he doesn’t often do.
Instead of recruiting replacements, Calipari headed to the transfer portal. Sahvir Wheeler led the SEC in assists per game last season. Coach Cal convinced Wheeler to transfer from Georgia to Big Blue.
Oscar Tshiebwe comes over from West Virginia. Because Tshiebwe played for Bob Huggins, he should have no issue stepping in right away and helping Kentucky’s frontcourt dominate.
When nobody pays attention to Calipari and the Wildcats, that’s when they strike. At +1600, Kentucky is a great team to back.
Among Baylor, Florida State, and Illinois, which team deserves the longest look to cut down the nets on April 4?
Florida State lost way too many players. Illinois lost Ayo Dosunmu. Baylor lost four important players, including Jared Butler.
Baylor has reloaded and it’s not like Scott Drew didn’t play his bench last season. At the odds, Baylor is worth a long look to win back-to-back National Championships.
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