It’s been over a week since the Baylor vs. Gonzaga game in the 2021 National Championship finals. Gonzaga was looking to close out a perfect season, having no losses during the whole season, except for one game. Baylor came out and destroyed their hopes and dreams, making them champions for the first time in history. The last time Baylor was in a finals was back in 1948.
Now we look ahead into the future. What can we expect for next year? So far, it seems that many of the available 2022 March Madness odds are aiming that Gonzaga can take the trophy, even when they just lost a perfect season. Let’s get into that and more predictions in our exclusive preview.
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Latest 2022 March Madness Odds
*As of March 16th, 2021
|Ohio State Buckeyes||+1400||14/1|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||+1500||15/1|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||+1500||15/1|
|Duke Blue Devils||+1800||18/1|
|Florida State Seminoles||+2000||20/1|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders||+2000||20/1|
|Virginia Tech Hokies||+2000||25/1|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||+2000||20/1|
|Michigan State Spartans||+2500||25/1|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||+3300||33/1|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||+4000||40/1|
|Oregon State Beavers||+4000||40/1|
|Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||+5000||50/1|
|San Diego State Aztecs||+5000||50/1|
|St. Bonaventure Bonnies||+5000||50/1|
|Texas A&M Aggies||+5000||50/1|
The favorites to win the 2021 National Championship failed to complete the perfect season. It was their first lost of the whole season. They might have lost Jalen Suggs to the NBA, but they still have key players such as Drew Timme and the addition of high school star Chet Holmgren seems to be around the corner. This could give them the title next year.
UCLA is also another top favorite. Many say that were lucky this season, but they have a talented roster, which most of them will be back next season. Plus a very talented coach in Mick Cronin, who might be one of the best coaches right now.
Coach of the year Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines made it to the Elite Eight without Isaiah Livers, one of there top platers. We could say that Michigan is one the top recruiting classes in the NCAAB, so there’s no doubt they will be solid for 2022.
Although they took an upset against 15-seed Oral Roberts in the First Round, but the have plenty of star talent that will return, such as E.J. Liddell and Duane Washington, both averaging 16 points per game.
Contenders to Keep an Eye Out For
The former champions got beat by Baylor in the Elite Eight, but they have a young squad that can lead them towards another title. With players like Jeremiah Robinson on board and are still led by head coach Jay Wright, who already has a couple of National Championships under his belt.
One team to make their first Final Four since 1984 was the Houston Cougars. Their chances were stripped when they played against Baylor. It was a great performance and being led by head coach Kelvin Sampson, they still have a shot to make to the big game for sure.
Wondering why the current champions are just a contender and not a favorite? Well they are losing many key players, but they still have former top-100 recruits in their roster. So there is talent they can work with and maybe even defend the title next year. Who knows?
Be Aware of The Longshots
Duke didn’t have the best season. Their star player Jalen Johnson opted out of playing this season and they didn’t make it to March Madness. Right now they have to regroup and reform. They recently signed second-ranked recruiting class that has three five-star recruits. This could be the game changer for them.
Thought hey lost their head coach Chris Beard to their rival, Texas Tech is still within the every watchful eyes of the experts. Mark Adams, who was an assistant of the team will lead the Red Raiders next season. Let’s see what they bring to the table in 2022.
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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.