March Madness Final Four Odds, Picks, Predictions 2022
- With March Madness 2022 starting in a couple of days soon, we take a look at the schools with the best chances to make the Final Four!
- The last time a number one seed failed to qualify for the Final Four was in 2011.
- The favorites to make the Final Four this year are Gonzaga, Kansas, Arizona, and Baylor!
March Madness is coming and we’re taking a look at the schools that are the favorites to make it all the way to the Final Four!
There will be one representative from each major region and this year is as competitive as ever. The 2022 Final Four will go from Saturday, April 2nd to Monday, April 4, 2022.
The event will be held at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
March Madness Final Four Odds
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Gonzaga Bulldogs 26-3 (13-1, 1st in WCC)
The Gonzaga Bulldogs may not play in a Power Five Conference, but they have a historically strong basketball program. They play in the West Coast Conference (WCC), a Group of Five conference. The WCC was pretty strong this year and has three additional teams competing in March Madness. Even so, Gonzaga had no problem winning the regular-season title and the conference tournament. They are the #1 seed in their region.
Gonzaga may have the best frontcourt in the nation. They have the duo of junior forward Drew Timme and freshman center Chet Holmgren. Timme is an efficient scorer that averages 17.4 points in 27.4 minutes. He also contributes on the boards and grabs 6.3 rebounds per game. While Timme’s three-point shooting could use some work, his shooting from the field is excellent. He hits almost 60% of his shots.
Chet Holmgren will likely be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft this year. He is a unique talent who can ball handle, shoot, block, and grab rebounds while being 7’0” tall. He averages 14.2 points on 61% shooting from the field and 41.2% three-point shooting.
Gonzaga has the highest-scoring offense in the nation and a lot of veterans. So I expect them to go all the way this season.
Purdue Boilermakers 27-7 (14-6, 3rd in Big Ten)
The Purdue Boilermakers are of the most exciting teams in the nation and were ranked in the top ten for the whole season. They are led by one of the best guards in the country in Jaden Ivey and have a great center in Zach Edey.
You cannot talk about this Purdue team without saying anything about Jaden Ivey. Ivey is an offensive talent rarely seen in college basketball. He is creative around the hoop and can also hit threes. He is averaging 17.4 points per game and can pass the ball a little too. He also averages 3.2 assists per game.
Zach Edey is the most efficient player on this Purdue squad. He only plays 19.1 minutes per game, but he averages 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds. He also protects the rim well and gets 1.2 blocks per game. Edey gets great looks near the basket and converts an impressive 65.5% of his shots.
Purdue does not have one incredible passer, but they pass the ball very well as a team. They have three players averaging over three assists per game and average 16.6 team assists per game. The Boilermaker’s efficient offense has allowed them to score almost 80 points per game in the tough Big Ten.
Tennessee Volunteers 27-7 (14-4, 3rd in SEC)
The Tennessee Volunteers put together an outstanding season in the difficult SEC. They are ranked fifth in the nation and won the SEC Tournament. They only lost two games against unranked opponents but struggled more against ranked teams. They will need to step up their play as they enter the later rounds of March Madness.
Tennessee has been playing without stars this season, but it does not seem to matter. Even though they only have two players scoring over ten points per game, they are still averaging 73.2 points per game.
This Volunteers squad is led by guards Kennedy Chandler and Santiago Vescovi. Chandler is a jack of all trades and makes a significant impact on both sides of the floor. He averages 13.8 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.1 steals. His backcourt mate, Santiago Vescovi, is a bigger guard than Chandler. Vescovi is a little less efficient from the floor but scores 13.4 points. He also grabs 4.5 rebounds and gets 3.1 assists. Chandler and Vescovi serve different and similar roles and have been critical to Tennessee’s success.
Tennessee has one of the best defenses in the SEC and has been able to stifle opponents throughout the season. If they continue to play strong team defense, they could win it all.
Kansas Jayhawks 28-6 (14-4, 1st in Big 12)
The Kansas Jayhawks had an underwhelming team last season that lost in the Second Round of March Madness. However, they have rebounded this year and won the Big 12 regular-season title and the Big 12 Tournament. They have a veteran squad and are the #1 seed in their region.
The Jayhawks may have one of the best guard duo in the country in Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun. Agbaji is arguably a top-ten player in the nation and a Naismith Award Finalist. He averages 19.7 points and 5.1 rebounds on impressive shooting. He shoots 47.7% from the field and 40.5% from behind the three-point line.
Christian Braun is a big guard that is great at rebounding and can often score at will. He pulls in 6.4 rebounds per game and scores 14.7 points. Braun, like Agbaji, is a great shooter. He shoots 50.3% from the field and 37.7% from deep.
I also have to mention David McCormack and Dajuan Harris. McCormack has limited shooting range but scores close to the hoop, while Harris is a true pass-first point guard. He only scores 5.2 points per game but pairs that with 4.4 assists. Harris runs one the offense and keeps it flowing.
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March Madness Final Four FAQ
How does the Final Four work?
Should a team get through the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament, they qualify for what is popularly known as the Final Four. The Final Four features the winners of each region (East, South, Midwest, and West), who compete against each other to determine who will fight for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament title.
How Often Do Number 1 Seeds Make the Final Four?
You don’t always want to bet on the favorite when it comes to March Madness. Due to the single-elimination nature of the tournament, you should be more diligent when tracking team and player performance to determine their likelihood of winning their match – regardless of seed.
You should, however, pick at least one Number 1 seed to make your Final Four. Why is that? Since 1985, a Number 1 seed has made the Final Four in 15 of the last 35 NCAA Tournaments. Two or more Number 1 seeds have made the Final Four in 18 of those 35 March Madness Tournaments!
What Is the Lowest Seed to Qualify for the Final Four?
Underdogs are empowered in March Madness more than any other major sports competition across the United States! In the history of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, the lowest seed to make the Final Four is the 11 seed – this happened four times.
- LSU, 1986
- George Mason 2006
- VCU, 2011
- Loyola-Chicago, 2018
Which School Has Made the Most Final Four Appearances?
In terms of Final Four appearances, the University of North Carolina leads the pack. With 20 appearances in March Madness’s Final Four, the Tar Heels lead the pack Their conversion rate when reaching the Final Four isn’t great though, as they’ve won a National Championship six times out of their 20 Final Four appearances.
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Max Heering graduated from the University of Kansas Sport Management program in May 2020. Max follows and writes about the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, college football, and college basketball. In his free time, you can catch Max draining threes on the basketball court. Email: [email protected]