NCAA Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks 2022
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The NCAA Tournament, also known as March Madness, is a single-elimination College basketball tournament that involves 68 teams across Division I of the NCAA.
The winner of the tournament is considered the best team in college basketball.
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Who has the best odds to win NCAA 2022?
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have the best odds to win the NCAA Tournament in 2022. Gonzaga has +650 odds to win the championship this year. They have a very talented freshman class led by five-star recruit Chet Holmgren. Holmgren could be the top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Gonzaga also successfully recruited five-star guard Hunter Sallis, four-star guard Nolan Hickman, and four-star center Kaden Perry. The Bulldogs were already in a good position last year, as evidenced by them making it to the Championship game. With that being said, their Freshman class will have a massive impact on this team for the better.
After Gonzaga, Michigan, Texas, and Duke all have +1200 odds to win it all. Duke recruited five-star forward Paolo Banchero this past year. Banchero is expected to be a top-three pick in the NBA Draft. Duke also recruited another five-star forward in AJ Griffin and four-star guards Trevor Keels and Jaylen Blakes.
Kansas, Purdue, and UCLA have a little worse odds than Michigan, Texas, and Duke at +1300. Kansas had a busy offseason landing four four-star recruits and four transfers. I could see Kansas making a big run, but they would have an uphill battle against teams like Gonzaga and Duke.
Who Can Win March Madness 2022?
Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-3, 13-1 WCC)
The Gonzaga Bulldogs were the regular-season champions of the West Coast Conference. They only lost two non-conference games, and their one conference loss came in their final game of the season against ranked Saint Mary’s.
Gonzaga has one of the best teams in the nation, but this team is different.
Drew Timme leads them. Timme is a great shooter and rebounder
Timme is complemented by freshman Chet Holmgren. Holmgren was one of the top high school recruits last year and put on a show in what will likely be his only season of college basketball; Holmgren will likely be a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
Holmgren can rebound, shoot, and handle the ball.
Gonzaga started the season as the top and finished the season as the top team. I projected they would win in it all at the beginning of the season, and I still believe that.
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Kentucky Wildcats (24-6, 13-4 SEC)
Surprisingly, the Kentucky Wildcats were not the best team in the SEC this year, but they still had an outstanding season. Unfortunately, they did not have the best finish to the season, losing two of their last five games, but they are contenders to win it all once more.
Forward Oscar Tshiebwe has significantly strengthened Kentucky’s roster. Tshiebwe came to Kentucky by way of West Virginia and is one of the best big men in the country.
He can do it all on both sides of the floor. Offensively, he leads the Wildcats with 16.9 points and 15.3 rebounds, but defensively, he is a smart player and great rim protector. His 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game lead Kentucky.
Kentucky’s real strength is the bevy of scorers they have to offer. Five Wildcats are score ten points or more each game.
Arizona Wildcats (27-3, 17-2 PAC-12)
The Arizona Wildcats are the best team in the PAC-12. They lost to the unranked Gonzaga may be ranked #1, but some would say that Arizona is the best team in the nation.
Arizona is a tall team that shoots very well from the field. Sophomore guard Bennedict Mathurin is the most impressive player on this team. The man from Montreal plays almost 32 minutes a game, scores 17.2 points, and grabs 5.7 rebounds. As good as Mathurin is, I cannot speak of Arizona’s success without talking about forward Azoulis Tubelis and center Christian Koloko.
Tubelis and Koloko are great rebounders and good rim protectors. Koloko is one of the best rim protectors in the country and blocks an impressive 2.9 shots per game.
Arizona’s size makes them unique. They are bigger than most of the top teams in the country. Their height will be an advantage as they get into the later rounds of the tournament.
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Where will NCAA 2022 be held?
The 2022 NCAA Tournament will be held in various locations. Before the first round starts, the First Four games will be held at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. The First and Second rounds of the Tournament are spread across the country.
The games will be played at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York, Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, PPG Saints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.
The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight will also be played in various locations. The games will be played at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas (home of the San Antonio Spurs), the Chase Center in San Francisco, California (home of the Golden State Warriors), the United Center in Chicago, Illinois (home of the Chicago Bulls), and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (home of the Philadelphia 76ers).
The Final Four and National Championship game will be played at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana (home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints). The Caesars Superdome can seat up to 73,432 people for basketball games.
What are the dates for March Madness 2022?
The First Four games will begin the tournament and take place on March 15 and March 16. The First Round will take place on March 17 and March 18. The Second Round starts on the following day on March 19 and finishes on March 20.
The teams that make it to the Sweet 16 get a little break after the second round. The Sweet 16 is played on March 24 and March 25. The next round, the Elite Eight, will take place on March 26 and March 27.
What is the date for Final Four 2022?
The two Final Four games will happen on April 2, and the Championship game will take place on April 4.
Who has the most NCAA Championships in basketball?
The UCLA Bruins have the most NCAA Championships with 11. Ten of those Championships came with John Wooden as the head coach between 1964 and 1975.
The Bruins last National Championship came in 1995. The University of Kentucky Wildcats have the second-most National Championships with 8. The Wildcats last National Championship came in 2012 under Coach John Calipari.
Who is the current NCAA basketball champion?
The University of Baylor Bears are the current NCAA Tournament champions. The Bears beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 to win the National Championship in 2021.
What college has the most NBA players?
The University of Kentucky has a whopping 27 players in the NBA. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, and Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray are a few of Kentucky’s big names in the NBA.
The Duke Blue Devils are second with 22 players in the NBA. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson, and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum are the most notable players from Duke in the NBA.
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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]