March Madness will soon begin again, giving college basketball fans the chance to watch their favorite teams and players in action.
Which of the nation’s top college teams are most likely to win the trophy in 2022? You can take a look at NCAA March Madness odds to see who are the favorites.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs
With odds of +525, the Bulldogs are currently the favorites on many sportsbooks. This is the team that represents Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. They play their games in the West Coast Conference of NCAA, with the McCarthey Athletic Center the site of their home games.
Their excellent sporting record has seen several of their players win Player of the Year awards, with the likes of Joel Ayayi and Brandon Clarke successfully moving from this team to the NBA. The fact that they have competed in every NCAA tournament this century is a sign of their high level of consistency
Gonzaga lost the first-ever NCAA championship they competed in, with North Carolina taking the glory in 2017. In 2021, they were the first team since 1979 to enter the championship game undefeated but lost 86-70 to the Baylor Bears. Will they go one better this year?
The Auburn Tigers
This team represents Auburn University and plays their games at the Auburn Arena in Alabama. At the time of writing, they are second favorites to win the tournament, at +800. The Tigers play in the Southeastern Conference of the NCAA and have a proud record going back to 1906.
Auburn reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time in 2019, losing 63-62 to the Virginia Cavaliers, who eventually won the trophy. This year, they are the top overall seed but recently saw their 19-game winning streak ended abruptly when the Arkansas Razorbacks beat them 80-76 in overtime.
Their list of top players includes names like Wendell Green Jr., Allen Flanigan, and Jabari Smith. Smith is widely tipped to be the top pick in the 2022 NBA draft and is the highest-ranked recruit to ever join Auburn. You may remember that they missed March Madness in 2021 due to their self-imposed ban, so this team will be looking to make up for the lost time.
The Purdue Boilermakers
Odds of +900 make Purdue third-favorites to win the championship game. This team has the best record in winning Big Ten Championships, with 24 in total. They’ve reached the Final Four stage on two occasions but have never gone on to claim the championship trophy.
During their long history, this program linked to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana has sent over 30 players to the NBA, with a couple that were chosen by their NBA teams as first picks. Among their best players you might want to look for is Trevion Williams. This 6 foot 10 center became the first Purdue player in more than 50 years to score more than 35 points and 20 rebounds in a single game.
The Duke Blue Devils
This team from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina has one of the best records in college basketball over the years. In 2022, they can be found at odds of +1000 on sportsbooks to emerge triumphant from the March Madness series of games. They’ve won a total of five NCAA championships, which is the joint-fourth best record.
More than 70 of their former players have gone on to play for NBA teams. Which current star could lead them to glory this year? One name that could be at the top of the list before too long is that of Paolo Banchero. This five-star recruit is likely to go on to become an NBA draft lottery pick later in the year.
The Arizona Wildcats
The team that represents the University of Arizona play in the Pac-12 Conference and their home games are carried out at the McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona. Arizona has an excellent reputation for producing top-class point guards that go on to play in the NBA. Their record of 25 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament is one of the best in the country, while they won one of their two Championship game appearances but lost the other.
Bennedict Mathurin, Christian Koloko, and Ąžuolas Tubelis have picked up a number of weekly or monthly awards for their performances this season, while the odds of 1000+ suggest that this team should be among the teams that make it through the later stages and carry their hopes of winning the trophy well in March.
The Kentucky Wildcats
Another team with odds of 1000+, the Kentucky Wildcats name proudly represents the University of Kentucky and they hold the record of being the most successful NCAA team in history with 2,327 all-time wins. They also have the record number of NCAA tournament appearances with 59, and have won the championship eight times.
One of their big players this year is likely to be the 6 foot 9 center Oscar Tshiebwe, who recently set a record with 28 rebounds in a single game. We can expect to see him picking up rebounds at both ends of the court in the Kentucky games.