After quite an exciting NCAA Tournament, the odds are already out for next season! The 2022 NCAA Tournament odds are out and there are very familiar names near the top of favorites. Gonzaga finds themselves favored at +900 odds. Following them are the defending national champs, the Baylor Bears (+1200). There is a lot to say about why odds like this are out so soon, but the main thing is this is the best value you may get on certain teams.
This season, it was fairly chalky in the end. Gonzaga and Baylor were considered favorites early on. Throughout the season, the Bulldogs and Bears showed they were the two most dominant teams, establishing themselves as frontrunners early. The two were supposed to meet in the regular season, but COVID precautions kept the two from meeting back then. In a rare meeting of the two best teams though, we got what we wanted in the final this year. However, the Bears’ defense was just too much. They took the title 86-70.
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With those two at the top, there are some other names on the way-too-early list to watch out for. Florida State and Michigan are both listed at +1200 followed by Ohio State and Villanova at +1400 each. The next 10 teams are all listed at +2000 odds. These are where you will probably get the most value for your early bet, if that is your thing. UCLA is included in this group as well as Blue Bloods like Duke and Kentucky.
Defending NIT champions, Memphis finds themselves with +4000 odds. Will Penny Hardaway be able to put the pieces together for a deep tournament run? There is going to be a ton of speculation between now and the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The transfer portal is buzzing as it has never buzzed before, and teams will look different between now and then. For NCAA fans and bettors this should be exciting. The transfer market is going to add so much drama and excitement to the league that has not been there in the past. Purists may not like it, but the freedom of movement is going to allow players, like three of Baylor’s seven-man rotation, to go to better programs and compete for titles.