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2022 ‘March Madness’ Vegas Odds and NCAA Tournament Guide

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Schedule and Vegas Odds

(Schedule sections are reversed for convenient viewing)

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National Championship

GameOddsDateTime (Eastern)How to Watch
North Carolina vs KansasVegas OddsApril 29:20 p.m.TBS

Final Four

GameOddsDateTime (Eastern)How to Watch
Kansas vs VillanovaVegas OddsApril 26:09 p.m.TBS
Duke vs North CarolinaVegas OddsApril 28:49 p.m.TBS

Elite Eight

GameOddsDateTime (Eastern)How to Watch
Houston vs VillanovaVegas OddsMarch 266:09 p.m.TBS
Arkansas vs DukeVegas OddsMarch 268:49 p.m.TBS
Kansas vs Miami (Fla.)Vegas OddsMarch 272:20 p.m.CBS
North Carolina vs St. Peter’sVegas OddsMarch 275:05 p.m.CBS

Sweet Sixteen

GameOddsDateTime (Eastern)How to Watch
Gonzaga vs ArkansasVegas OddsMarch 247:09 p.m.CBS
Villanova vs MichiganVegas OddsMarch 247:29 p.m.TBS
Duke vs Texas TechVegas OddsMarch 249:39 p.m.CBS
Arizona vs HoustonVegas OddsMarch 249:59 p.m.TBS
Purdue vs Saint Peter’sVegas OddsMarch 257:09 p.m.CBS
Kansas vs ProvidenceVegas OddsMarch 257:29 p.m.TBS
UCLA vs North CarolinaVegas OddsMarch 259:39 p.m.CBS
Miami (Fla.) vs Iowa StateVegas OddsMarch 259:59 p.m.TBS

Second Round

GameOddsDateTime (Eastern)How to Watch
Baylor vs North CarolinaVegas OddsMarch 1912:10 p.m.CBS
Kansas vs CreightonVegas OddsMarch 192:40 p.m.CBS
Tennessee vs MichiganVegas OddsMarch 195:15 p.m.CBS
Providence vs RichmondVegas OddsMarch 196:10 p.m.TNT
UCLA vs Saint Mary’sVegas OddsMarch 197:10 p.m.TBS
Murray State vs Saint Peter’sVegas OddsMarch 197:45 p.m.CBS
Arkansas vs New Mexico StateVegas OddsMarch 198:40 p.m.TNT
Gonzaga vs MemphisVegas OddsMarch 199:40 p.m.TBS
Illinois vs HoustonVegas OddsMarch 2012:10 p.m.CBS
Villanova vs Ohio StateVegas OddsMarch 202:40 p.m.CBS
Duke vs Michigan StateVegas OddsMarch 205:15 p.m.CBS
Wisconsin vs Iowa StateVegas OddsMarch 206:10 p.m.TNT
Texas Tech vs Notre DameVegas OddsMarch 207:10 p.m.TBS
Auburn vs Miami (Fla.)Vegas OddsMarch 207:45 p.m.truTV
Purdue vs TexasVegas OddsMarch 208:40 p.m.TNT
Arizona vs TCUVegas OddsMarch 209:40 p.m.TBS

First Round

GameOddsDateTime (Eastern)How to Watch
Colorado State vs MichiganVegas OddsMarch 1712:15 p.m.CBS
Providence vs South Dakota StateVegas OddsMarch 1712:40 p.m.truTV
Boise State vs MemphisVegas OddsMarch 171:45 p.m.TNT
Baylor vs Norfolk StateVegas OddsMarch 172 p.m.TBS
Tennessee vs LongwoodVegas OddsMarch 172:45 p.m.CBS
Iowa vs RichmondVegas OddsMarch 173:10 p.m.truTV
Gonzaga vs Georgia StateVegas OddsMarch 174:15 p.m.TNT
North Carolina vs MarquetteVegas OddsMarch 174:30 p.m.TBS
UConn vs New Mexico StateVegas OddsMarch 176:50 p.m.TNT
Kentucky vs Saint Peter’sVegas OddsMarch 177:10 p.m.CBS
Saint Mary’s vs IndianaVegas OddsMarch 177:20 p.m.TBS
San Diego State vs CreightonVegas OddsMarch 177:27 p.m.truTV
Arkansas vs VermontVegas OddsMarch 179:20 p.m.TNT
Murray State vs San FranciscoVegas OddsMarch 179:40 p.m.CBS
UCLA vs AkronVegas OddsMarch 179:50 p.m.TBS
Kansas vs Texas SouthernVegas OddsMarch 179:57 p.m.truTV
Ohio State vs Loyola ChicagoVegas OddsMarch 1812:15 p.m.CBS
Auburn vs Jacksonville StateVegas OddsMarch 1812:40 p.m.TruTV
Texas Tech vs Montana StateVegas OddsMarch 181:45 p.m.TNT
Purdue vs YaleVegas OddsMarch 182 p.m.TBS
Villanova vs DelawareVegas OddsMarch 182:45 p.m.CBS
USC vs Miami (Fla.)Vegas OddsMarch 183:10 p.m.TruTV
Alabama vs Notre DameVegas OddsMarch 184:15 p.m.TNT
Texas vs Virginia TechVegas OddsMarch 184:30 p.m.TBS
Illinois vs ChattanoogaVegas OddsMarch 186:50 p.m.TNT
Duke vs Cal State FullertonVegas OddsMarch 187:10 p.m.CBS
LSU vs Iowa StateVegas OddsMarch 187:20 p.m.TBS
Arizona vs Wright StateVegas OddsMarch 187:27 p.m.TruTV
Houston vs UABVegas OddsMarch 189:20 p.m.TNT
Michigan State vs DavidsonVegas OddsMarch 189:40 p.m.CBS
Wisconsin vs ColgateVegas OddsMarch 189:50 p.m.TBS
Seton Hall vs TCUVegas OddsMarch 189:57 p.m.TruTV

First Four

GameOddsDateTime (Eastern)How to Watch
Texas Southern vs Texas A&M CCVegas OddsMarch 156:40PM ETtruTV
Indiana vs WyomingVegas OddsMarch 159:10PM ETtruTV
Bryant vs Wright StateVegas OddsMarch 166:40PM ETtruTV
Rutgers vs Notre DameVegas OddsMarch 169:10PM ETtruTV

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What‌ ‌Is‌ ‌March‌ ‌Madness?‌

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March Madness is the unofficial name given to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The term March Madness actually comes from the state of Illinois, but it is now associated with one of the biggest and most popular sporting events of the year.

March Madness has expanded throughout the years, but it features the best college basketball teams competing for the right to win the National Championship. The “madness” comes from the unpredictable nature of the tournament and from the Cinderella stories that come from it.

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When Does March Madness Start?‌

Selection Sunday is set for Sunday, March 13, 2022. The First Four games will take place On March 15-16.

The rest of the dates follow as outlined below:

March Madness Dates

EventDates
Selection SundayMarch 13
First FourMarch 15-16
First RoundMarch 17-18
Second RoundMarch 19-20
Sweet 16March 24-25
Elite 8March 26-27
Final FourApril 2
National ChampionshipApril 4

How‌ ‌Does‌ ‌March‌ ‌Madness‌ ‌Work?‌ ‌

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College basketball teams can qualify for the March Madness Tournament by earning the automatic qualifying bid that is given to each conference. The winner of the conference tournament earns a right to the NCAA Tournament.

After all of the automatic bids are handed out then a selection committee fills out the rest of the field with deserving teams. Teams are placed into four different regions, and the champion of each region advances to the Final Four.

All of the teams are seeded before the tournament begins and placed on a bracket. March Madness is played on a “win-or-go-home” format.

March Madness Betting‌ ‌

March Madness is the second most popular event to bet on in the United States, second to the Super Bowl. Sportsbooks feature many promotions and bonuses around the March Madness Tournament every year.

Some states prohibit betting on March Madness, especially for games featuring in-state teams. Betting on collegiate sporting events is one of the biggest debates in the US sports betting industry.

Can I Bet on March Madness in my State?

The following states have allowed bettors to legally place bets on March Madness in 2022:

Betting‌ ‌Strategy‌

Every sports bettor will have their own betting strategy when betting on the NCAA Tournament, but making a futures bet is one of the most popular betting options. Sportsbooks offer future betting markets on the eventual NCAA Champion or on what teams will reach the Final Four.

Another March Madness betting strategy is to simply bet on every game across the tournament. With 67 different games being played over three weeks, there are plenty of opportunities to win some money on the NCAA Tournament.

Vegas Odds NCAA Tournament – Common Bets

There are a variety of betting odds available when it comes to betting on the games, but you’ll usually see three main options. “moneyline” refers to the winner of the game, “over/under” will be based on the number of points in the game being higher or lower than a number determined by the Sportsbook, and “spread” which will give the underdogs a head start of a set number of points, and is designed to make it a “pick’em” where you decide which side is more likely to beat that spread total.

NCAA Vegas Odds March Madness (Winner)

SelectionOdds
North Carolina+170
Kansas-195

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NCAA Basketball Vegas Odds – Prop Bets

Since the March Madness tournament is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, prop betting is also extremely popular. There will be a number of prop betting options for each game of the tournament as well as for a whole event.

Prop bets are bets that are made on unique aspects of a game or sporting event and can add some fun and excitement to your betting experience.

  • Will a Number 1 seed reach the Final Four?
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College Basketball Vegas Odds – Biggest Spread Upsets

The spread is designed to make it a pick-em between the two sides, but it’s always a major upset if a team with a double-digit spread total manages to actually win the game. The biggest spread upset in March Madness came back in 2021 when Norfolk State went into the game as +21.5 point underdogs, but they still managed to upset Missouri by winning the game 86-84.

It’s rare to see spread totals that high in the NCAA Championship Game because it should always be two strong teams who make it that far. We’ve yet to see a double-digit upset in the Championship game, but Connecticut were +9.5 point underdogs when they won against Duke in 1999.

March Madness Predictions

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs have lost some serious talent, but they are the favorites for a reason and it’s hard to confidently pick anyone else at this stage. Be sure to bookmark this page and watch this section for more March Madness picks and predictions.

How Many Teams in March Madness Are There?

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Each year, 68 teams are selected to play in the March Madness Tournament and then these teams are placed on the bracket. The field of 68 teams is made up of 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large selections.

There is no requirement for how many teams can come from a certain conference.

2022 Tickets‌

Tickets have already gone on sale for the First Four of the 2022 tournament, even though the schedule and teams are yet to be finalized. At this stage you can still find tickets for $30 each, although expect prices to increase as the tournament progresses and demand for tickets increases.

March Madness Seeding – How Does It Work?

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The NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee releases the seeds for the entire bracket on Selection Sunday. The top overall seed is revealed first, and they are set to matchup with the number 4 overall seed in the Final Four.

In 2021, the selection committee will be filling out the bracket using the “S-Curve” meaning that all teams will be seeded 1-68 and then placed on the appropriate line on the bracket. There are four regions with 16 teams and the winner of each region will advance to the Final Four.

The Lowest Seed to Win March Madness

In 1985 the Villanova Wildcats won the NCAA Tournament as the number 8 seed, the lowest to ever cut down the nets. In 2014, the Ucon Huskies were able to win the NCAA Tournament as a number 7 seed.

There have been four number 11 seeds that have reached the Final Four, but none have been able to win the final two games.

Previous March Madness Winners

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The UCLA Bruins have won the most March Madness titles, and some of the other “blue-blood” programs are next on the list. The Power 5 Conferences traditionally dominate the NCAA Tournament, especially when it comes to eventual champions.

Who Won the Last 10 NCAA Basketball Championships?

YearTeam
2021Baylor
2020No winner due to Covid
2019Virginia
2018Villanova
2017North Carolina
2016Villanova
2015Duke
2014Connecticut
2013Louisville
2012Kentucky
2011Connecticut

2020 March Madness Winner

The 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore there was no champion. The field of 68 was not announced as the college basketball season was shut down as most leagues were completing their conference tournaments.

2019 March Madness Winner

The University of Virginia Cavaliers won the 2019 NCAA Championship by defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders by a score of 85-77. That game was played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2018 March Madness Winner

The Villanova Wildcats won the 2018 NCAA Tournament by defeating the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 79-65. This was the second March Madness championship for Villanova in three years.

Top 10 Schools With the Most Appearances in NCAA Tournaments

In light of the historic facts, March Madness seems to belong to the top-seeded teams time and over again. So far, Kentucky is the true torch-bearers with 58 appearances with the first one dating back to 1942. As one of the oldest franchises, Kentucky has also proven to be one of the most talented winning eight titles so far.

AppearancesTeamLatestFirst Appearance
58Kentucky20191942
50North Carolina20191941
48Kansas20191940
47UCLA20181950
43Duke20191955
39Indiana20161940
39Louisville20191951
38Syracuse20191957
38Villanova20191942
36Notre Dame20171953

Which Teams Hold the Most Titles?

TeamTitle Wins
UCLA11
Kentucky8
North Carolina6
Duke5
Indiana5
Connecticut4
Kansas3
Michigan1
Ohio State1
Georgetown1

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