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March Madness National Champion Odds 2022 | Current NCAA Tournament Winner Futures

Frank AmmiranteFantasy Sports & Betting Writer
Posted: Mar 7, 2022Last updated: Mar 7, 2022

It’s almost time for March Madness, which means that we need to break out those brackets. When filling out your bracket, the first thing you should do is determine potential winners.

This is an exciting tournament with several upsets, but usually one of the higher seeds ends up winning the title. Keep that in mind when you’re deciding on the 2022 National Champions.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the futures odds for the 2022 March Madness winner. You’ll find an in-depth look at some of the favorites, contenders, and sleepers to win it all.

All college basketball odds are current as of 11 a.m. ET on Monday, March 7.

March Madness National Champion Betting Odds 2022

It’s easier to think about which teams will reach the Elite Eight or Final Four, but choosing an outright winner can be a challenging process.

Here are the current odds, courtesy of Caesars:

  • Gonzaga (+375)
  • Kentucky (+700)
  • Arizona (+700)
  • Baylor (+1200)
  • Auburn (+1200)
  • Purdue (+1200)
  • Duke (+1200)
  • Kansas (+1500)
  • UCLA (+2500)
  • Texas Tech (+2500)
  • Villanova (+2500)
  • Illinois (+4000)
  • Houston (+4000)
  • Tennessee (+4000)
  • Wisconsin (+5000)
  • Arkansas (+5000)
  • Texas (+6000)
  • Alabama (+6000)
  • Ohio State (+8000)
  • Providence (+8000)

Gonzaga finished as runner-up of the 2021 tournament, and they’re back as favorites in their own tier at (+350). Kentucky (+700) and Arizona (+700) come in the second tier with legit chances at going all the way.

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The third tier is crowded with the defending champions Baylor (+1200) joined by Auburn (+1200), Purdue (+1200), Duke (+1200), and Kansas (+1500).

There are some legitimate sleepers as you make your way down the list, like Texas Tech (+2500) and Houston (+4000), but remember that chalk usually prevails at the end of this tournament.

Since the tournament began in 1985, the No. 1 seed has been champion 23 times (64%). The second seed (14%) and the third seed (11%) are the next closest. Seeds four through eight have combined for four titles (11%).

This is an important trend to remember when considering your choice for the 2022 National Champion.

Don’t forget to also check out 2022 Final Four Odds to see which teams will make it out of their region.

March Madness National Champion Favorites 2022

Gonzaga (+375)

Wager: 1 Unit

Gonzaga has become a perennial powerhouse, getting to the National Championship in two of the last four tournaments. While they’ve failed to take home the title, they’re back and equipped to win it all this time around.

This team is stacked with talent like junior forward Drew Timme and potential top-three pick in center Chet Holmgren. They’re ranked 1st overall in Pomeroy Rankings, coming in 3rd in adjusted offensive efficiency and 6th on the defense.

Gonzaga’s odds are nearly half of second-place Kentucky and Arizona for good reason. This team is going to be tough to beat.

Kentucky (+700)

Wager: 1 Unit

The last time we saw John Calipari’s team in the finals was in 2014 when Julius Randle and company fell short against UConn. Kentucky has reached the Final Four on four occasions during Calipari’s tenure, and they have the pieces in place to win it all this time around.

The team is ranked 2nd in adjusted offensive efficiency, led by freshman point guard and projected lottery pick TyTy Washington. This has helped them rank fourth overall in Pomeroy’s rankings.

The Wildcats are always dangerous when they’re a top seed, especially under Calipari.

Arizona (+700)

Wager: 1 Unit

Arizona is trying to recapture the glory of the 1997 championship team that knocked off Kentucky in overtime. While they haven’t made the Final Four since 2001, they have a great chance this year, coming in at third in Pomeroy’s rankings thanks to top 15 ranks in offensive and defensive adjusted efficiency.

There is NBA talent on this roster with sophomore guard Bennedict Mathurin leading the way on offense, averaging 17.2 points per game, 46.7 percent from the field, and 38.2 percent from beyond the arc.

Some might say Arizona is due for a deep run in the tournament. They certainly have the arsenal to get the job done.

Jabari Smith, Auburn

Can Jabari Smith Jr. take home a Final Four appearance to end his collegiate career? (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

March Madness National Championship Contenders 2022

Auburn (+1200)

Wager: 1 Unit

Auburn ranks seventh in Pomeroy’s rankings thanks to a stifling defense that is eighth in defensive adjusted efficiency. This is a team that stumbles into the tournament with three of their four losses coming in the last eight games, but they have an impressive win over Kentucky on their resume.

The Tigers are led by their 6-foot-10 freshman forward Jabari Smith Jr., who is averaging 17.1 points per game with an impressive 45.9 percent from long range. Smith has a chance to be drafted first overall in the NBA draft, so there’s a ton of potential here.

Let’s also remember that Auburn went to the Final Four in 2019, so there’s a pedigree with this program.

Duke (+1200)

Wager: 1 Unit

Can Duke capture a National Championship in legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski‘s final season? It would be a storybook finish to an illustrious career. They definitely have a chance, ranking 6th in Pomeroy’s rankings due to their fifth-ranked offense.

The last time they won the tournament was when they knocked off Wisconsin in 2015. We could see them do it again this time around, led by A.J. Griffin and Paolo Banchero, two future NBA talents who could go in the top 10 of this year’s draft.

You can’t count out the Blue Devils when they are a top seed. Coach K’s looming retirement is an added bonus.

Baylor (+1200)

Wager: 1 Unit

We can’t write up a list of contenders without including the defending champion Baylor Bears. This team is good enough to become the first back-to-back winners since the Florida Gators in 2006 and 2007. Baylor is ranked fourth in Pomeroy’s rankings due to their balance on both ends of the floor.

Baylor has impressive wins against Kansas, Texas, and Villanova on their schedule. They’re coming into the tournament red-hot, so you can’t count them out. The team has NBA prospect Jeremy Sochan, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward who is a versatile defender.

While it’s tough to win back-to-back, Baylor can definitely accomplish this feat.

March Madness National Champion Sleepers 2022

Texas Tech (+2500)

Wager: 1 Unit

Texas Tech comes in at 11th in Pomeroy’s rankings thanks to an excellent defense that ranks first in defensive adjusted efficiency.

This is a program that has proven to go deep in the tournament, making it to the Final Four back in 2019.

The Red Raiders look like live dogs at (+2500).

Houston (+4000)

Wager: 1 Unit

Houston is another dark horse, coming in at fifth in Pomeroy’s rankings — that’s ahead of contenders like Auburn, Duke, Kansas, and Purdue.

This team ranks in the top 15 in both offensive and defensive adjusted efficiency. Let’s also remember that they made it to the Final Four in last year’s tournament.

The Cougars could make a deep run once again, looking like great value at 40-to-1 odds.


Frank Ammirante

Before joining The Game Day, Frank spent three years in the fantasy sports and betting industry, writing for websites like RotoBaller and 4for4football. Frank is an active member of the fantasy baseball and fantasy football community, participating in high-stakes leagues like NFBC/NFFC as well as industry competitions like Scott Fish Bowl, RazzBowl, and TGFBI. Frank is a member of the FSWA and IBWAA. Give him a shout to talk fantasy sports and sports betting.

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