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College Basketball: Odds to Win NCAA Tournament

  • The college basketball season officially starts on November 9th
  • Gonzaga is the overall favorite to win this years tournament
  • Baylor opens the season at +2800 to defend thier championship

The opening tip-off for the 2021-2022 NCAA college Basketball season is just four short days away. At the beginning of each season, we are automatically conditioned to start thinking about the college basketball tournament and the March Madness that accompanies it. The tournament will start in four months, and we have a lot of basketball games to be played between then and now, but either way, let’s take a look at the opening odds for the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Vegas Odds To Win 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

TeamOdds to Win
Gonzaga Bulldogs+450
Kansas Jayhawks+1,200
Duke Blue Devils+1,200
Michigan Wolverines+1,200
Memphis Tigers+1,200
Kentucky Wildcats+1,400
Texas Longhorns+1,400
Villanova Wildcats+1,400
UCLA Bruins+1,400
Purdue Boilermakers+1,600
Illinois Fighting Illini+2,200
Baylor Bears+2,800
Ohio State Buckeyes+2,800
Alabama Crimson Tide+2,800
Oregon Ducks+3,300
North Carolina Tar Heels+3,300
Arkansas Razorbacks+3,300
Michigan State Spartans+4,000
Texas Tech Red Raiders+4,000
Houston Cougars+4,000
Tennessee Volunteers+4,000
Maryland Terrapins+4,000
Flordia State Seminoles+5,000
Auburn Tigers+5,000
LSU Tigers+5,000

Gonzaga Bulldogs (+450)

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are coming off a 16 point loss in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Tournament Championship Game against the Baylor Bears. The Bulldogs are the uncontested favorites in the WAC and have several of their top players returning for another run at the title. Returning players include junior forward Drew Timme, sophomore Julian Strawther, and senior Andrew Nembhard. On top of the strong foundation that the Bulldogs are returning, they also have the number one recruiting class for the 2021-2022 season, according to ESPN. The recruitment class is led by the 7-foot tall center Chet Holmgren.

Oct 31, 2021; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) and Gonzaga Bulldogs center Chet Holmgren (34) celebrate during a game against the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers in the second half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Bulldogs won 115-62. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2021; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) and Gonzaga Bulldogs center Chet Holmgren (34) celebrate during a game against the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers in the second half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Bulldogs won 115-62. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Look for the Bulldogs to roll through opponents this season in their preparations for the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs open their season on November 9th when they host the Dixie State Trailblazers.

Kansas Jayhawks (+1,200)

The Kansas Jayhawks are ranked in the top ten in the Preseason AP poll for the tenth straight season. The Jayhawks are returning four out of five starters for the 2021 season that saw them go 21-9, and eight total athletes will return to the court for the Jayhawks this season. Kansas has the potential to play 15 times this season against a team that is either ranked in the top 25 or has received votes to be in the top 25.

Kansas senior forward David McCormack (33) dunks the ball during the first half of Wednesday’s exhibition game against Emporia State inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas senior forward David McCormack (33) dunks the ball during the first half of Wednesday’s exhibition game against Emporia State inside Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks open their season on November 9th when they take on the Michigan State Spartans in an opening-round matchup of the State Farm Champions Classic, being played at Madison Square Garden.

Duke Blue Devils (+1,200)

The Duke Blue Devils, under legendary coach, Mike Krzyzewski, open the season ranked number 9 in the Preseason AP poll. This is the 14th straight year that the Blue Devils have started their season in the top ten, and the 26th straight season that the Blue Devils were in the top ten at some point throughout the season. The Blue Devils will return six players from the 2020-2021 Blue Devils squad and welcome eight new players, including four freshmen from the number 4 ranked recruiting class, according to ESPN.

Oct 15, 2021; Durham, NC, USA;    Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski addresses the crowd during Duke Countdown to Craziness at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2021; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski addresses the crowd during Duke Countdown to Craziness at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Duke Blue Devils will host the number 10 ranked Kentucky Wildcats on November 9th in the opening round of the State Farm Champions Classic, being played at Madison Square Garden.

Michigan Wolverines (+1,200)

The Michigan Wolverines have the number six overall recruiting class for this season. Coming into the season ranked number 6 in the Preseason AP Poll, the Wolverines look to have another successful season. The Wolverines also have players, a sophomore center, Hunter Dickinson, and freshmen forward, Caleb Houstan who are have earned spots on the Preseason All-BigTen Team. These players are looking to help Michigan really push their limits this season and fight for a National Championship.

Mar 30, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Franz Wagner (21) shoots the ball against UCLA Bruins forward Cody Riley (2) during the second half in the Elite Eight of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 30, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Franz Wagner (21) shoots the ball against UCLA Bruins forward Cody Riley (2) during the second half in the Elite Eight of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines open their season as one of the few top 25 teams not to play on the 9th, but they open their season on November 10th when they welcome the Buffalo Bulls to Ann Arbor.

Memphis Tigers (+1,200)

After coming off a 2021 NIT Championship, the Memphis Tigers are looking to get into a different tournament this season. The Tigers are ranked 12th in the Preseason AP poll, and look to stay there for a long time this season. The Tigers added a top prospect, Emoni Bates, and their coach, former NBA superstar, Penny Hardaway couldn’t be more excited. Look for the tigers to surprise a lot of teams this year with the talent that currently is residing on their roster.

Memphis Tigers guard Tyler Haris shoots the ball over Lane Dragons forward Tomonique Marion during their game at FedExForum on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

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Memphis Tigers guard Tyler Haris shoots the ball over Lane Dragons forward Tomonique Marion during their game at FedExForum on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. Jrca0923

The Memphis Tigers will open their 2021-2022 campaign on Tuesday, November 9th when they host the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at FedEx Forum.

Not only are we just a few short days away from the start of another exciting college basketball season, but for a lot of these players, it’s the first time that they get to play in front of a full arena. That might be even more exciting for me to watch in the opening weeks of the season than the actual games, but either way, college basketball is back baby!

I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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