Early 2022 March Madness Odds

By Hank Blaine

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

Team American Fractional
Gonzaga Bulldogs +900 9/1
UCLA Bruins +1000 10/1
Michigan Wolverines +1200 12/1
Ohio State Buckeyes +1400 14/1
Villanova Wildcats +1400 14/1
Alabama Crimson Tide +1500 15/1
Houston Cougars +1500 16/1
Illinois Fighting Illini +1500 15/1
Baylor Bears +1700 17/1
Purdue Boilermakers +1700 17/1
Duke Blue Devils +1800 18/1
Kansas Jayhawks +1800 18/1
Florida State Seminoles +2000 20/1
Kentucky Wildcats +2000 20/1
Louisville Cardinals +2000 20/1
Maryland Terrapins +2000 20/1
Texas Tech Red Raiders +2000 20/1
Virginia Cavaliers +2000 20/1
Virginia Tech Hokies +2000 25/1
West Virginia Mountaineers +2000 20/1
Michigan State Spartans +2500 25/1
Oklahoma Sooners +2500 25/1
USC Trojans +2500 25/1
Wisconsin Badgers +2500 25/1
Arkansas Razorbacks +3000 30/1
Creighton Bluejays +3000 30/1
Oregon Ducks +3000 30/1
North Carolina Tar Heels +3300 33/1
Syracuse Orange +3300 33/1
Auburn Tigers +4000 40/1
UConn Huskies +4000 40/1
Clemson Tigers +4000 40/1
Drake Bulldogs +4000 40/1
Iowa Hawkeyes +4000 40/1
Memphis Tigers +4000 40/1
LSU Tigers +4000 40/1
Texas Longhorns +4000 40/1
Oklahoma State Cowboys +4000 40/1
Oregon State Beavers +4000 40/1
Arizona Wildcats +5000 50/1
Florida Gators +5000 50/1
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +5000 50/1
Missouri Tigers +5000 50/1
Richmond Spiders +5000 50/1
San Diego State Aztecs +5000 50/1
St. Bonaventure Bonnies +5000 50/1
Stanford Cardinal +5000 50/1
Texas A&M Aggies +5000 50/1
Xavier Musketeers +5000 50/1

The Favorites

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.