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2022 March Madness NCAA Tournament Picks

 

Jan. 21, 2022
by VI News
VegasInsider.com

The 2022 March Madness Tournament is set to take place between March 15, 2022 through April 4, 2022 with 68 schools competing for the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship. Gonzaga opened the season as the favorite to win, as updated odds are listed below. Also listed below are consensus picks, the March Madness schedule and other betting resources from our stable of college basketball handicapping experts! Plus, find the best online sportsbooks for March Madness betting.

NCAA Tourney Picks & Predictions

Our college basketball handicapping experts gave their preseason predictions for popular betting markets in college basketball.

Final Four Picks

Consensus (Odds per DraftKings)

  • 10 - Gonzaga (+190)
  • 6 - Michigan (+330)
  • 6 - Villanova (+380)
  • 6 - Texas (+425)
  • 4 - Memphis (+425)
  • 3 - Duke (+425)
  • 2 - Kansas (+450)
  • 2 - Kentucky (+450)
  • 2 - UCLA (+380)
  • 2 - Purdue (+450)
  • 1 - Alabama (+475)

National Championship Winner Picks

Consensus (Odds per DraftKings)

  • 4 - Gonzaga (+650)
  • 4 - Michigan (+1200)
  • 1 - Kansas (+1600)
  • 1 - Villanova (+1400)
  • 1 - Duke (+1500)

Wooden Award Winner Picks

Consensus (Odds per BetMGM)

  • 4 - Drew Timme - Gonzaga (+600)
  • 2 - Marcus Carr - Texas (+1600)
  • 2 - Collin Gillespie - Villanova (+1600)
  • 1 - Hunter Dickinson - Michigan (+800)
  • 1 - Chet Holmgren - Gonzaga (+1000)
  • 1 - Kofi Cockburn - Illinois (+1000)

2021-22 Bracketology

  • 1 - Auburn (19-1) - SEC Leader
  • 1 - Gonzaga (15-2) - WCC Leader
  • 1 - Kansas (17-2) - Big 12 Leader
  • 1 - UCLA (14-2) - Pac-12 Leader
  • 2 - Baylor (18-2) - At-Large
  • 2 - Houston (17-2) - AAC Leader
  • 2 - Arizona (16-2) - At-Large
  • 2 - Purdue (16-3) - At-Large
  • 3 - Duke (16-3) - At-Large
  • 3 - Kentucky (16-4) - At-Large
  • 3 - Wisconsin (15-3) - At-Large
  • 3 - USC (16-2) - At-Large
  • 4 - Villanova (15-5) - Big East Leader
  • 4 - Michigan State (15-4) - At-Large
  • 4 - Texas Tech (15-5) - At-Large
  • 4 - Providence (16-2) - At-Large
  • 5 - Ohio State (12-4 ) - At-Large
  • 5 - LSU (15-4) - At-Large
  • 5 - UConn (13-4) - At-Large
  • 5 - Illinois (14-5) - Big 10 Leader
  • 6 - Iowa State (14-5) - At-Large
  • 6 - Tennessee (13-5) - At-Large
  • 6 - Xavier (14-4) - At-Large
  • 6 - Texas (15-5) - At-Large
  • 7 - FSU (13-5) - ACC Leader
  • 7 - Davidson (16-2) - A-10 Leader
  • 7 - BYU (17-4) - At-Large
  • 7 - Colorado State (16-1) - At-Large
  • 8 - Loyola-Chicago (15-3) - MVC Leader
  • 8 - Indiana (14-5) - At-Large
  • 8 - Alabama (13-7) - At-Large
  • 8 - Wake Forest (17-4) - At-Large
  • 9 - St. Mary's (15-4) - At-Large
  • 9 - Seton Hall (12-6) - At-Large
  • 9 - Miami-Florida (14-5) - At-Large
  • 9 - Marquette (14-6) - At-Large
  • 10 - West Virginia (13-5) - At-Large
  • 10 - Iowa (14-5) - At-Large
  • 10 - Murray State (18-2) - OVC Leader
  • 10 - Boise State (16-4) - MW Leader
  • 11A - TCU (13-4) - At-Large
  • 11B - San Francisco (16-4) - At-Large
  • 11C - Texas A&M (15-4) - At-Large
  • 11D - Notre Dame (12-6) - At-Large
  • 11 - San Diego State (11-4) - At-Large
  • 11 - Florida (12-7) - At-Large
  • 12 - Mississippi State (13-6) - At-Large
  • 12 - Creighton (12-5) - At-Large
  • 12 - Iona (17-3) - MAAC Leader
  • 12 - UAB (16-4) - CUSA Leader
  • 13 - Vermont (13-4) - America East Leader
  • 13 - Princeton (15-3) - Ivy Leader
  • 13 - South Dakota State (17-4) - Summit Leader
  • 13 - Toledo (16-4) - MAC Leader
  • 14 - Chattanooga (16-4) - SoCon Leader
  • 14 - Cleveland State (13-4) - Horizon Leader
  • 14 - Arkansas State (13-4) - Sun Belt Leader
  • 14 - Cal State Fullerton (11-5) - Big West Leader
  • 15 - UNC Wilmington (12-5) - CAA Leader
  • 15 - Seattle (15-4) - WAC Leader
  • 15 - Norfolk State (14-4) - MEAC Leader
  • 15 - Weber State (14-5) - Big Sky Leader
  • 16A - Colgate (8-10) - Patriot Leader
  • 16B - New Orleans (10-8) - Southland Leader
  • 16C - Southern (11-8) - SWAC Leader
  • 16D - Longwood (13-5) - Big South Leader
  • 16 - Wagner (12-2) - NEC Leader
  • 16 - Jacksonville State (13-6) - ASun Leader

Bubble Teams (listed by conference)

  • SMU (14-4) / AAC
  • UCF (12-5) / AAC
  • St. Bonaventure (11-4) / A10
  • UNC (13-6) / ACC
  • Oklahoma (12-7) / Big 12
  • Minnesota (11-5) / Big 10
  • Oregon (12-7) / Pac-12
  • Arkansas (14-5) / SEC

Updated on Wed., Jan. 26 - 5:00 p.m. ET

2021-22 March Madness Final Four Consensus Predictions

Schools in bold indicate National Championship pick.

2021-22 March Madness Final Four Predictions
Handicapper Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4
Alex Smart Gonzaga Michigan Memphis Alabama
Ben Burns Gonzaga Kansas Villanova Duke
Brian Bitler UCLA Purdue Duke Memphis
Greg Smith Gonzaga Kentucky UCLA Texas
Joe Nelson Gonzaga Michigan Texas Villanova
Jonathan Jorcin Texas Villanova Michigan Gonzaga
Kevin Rogers Michigan Villanova Memphis Gonzaga
Kyle Hunter Gonzaga Villanova Purdue Texas
Scott Pritchard Gonzaga Kansas Michigan Memphis
Scott Rickenbach Gonzaga Texas Villanova Duke
Stephen Nover Michigan Gonzaga Texas Kentucky

2021-22 Wooden Award Consensus Predictions

2021-22 Wooden Award Predictions
Handicapper Wooden Award Contender
Alex Smart Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga)
Ben Burns Hunter Dickinson (Michigan)
Brian Bitler Marcus Carr (Texas)
Greg Smith Drew Timme (Gonzaga)
Joe Nelson Collin Gillespie (Villanova)
Jonathan Jorcin Drew Timme (Gonzaga)
Kevin Rogers Kofi Cockburn (Illinois)
Kyle Hunter Marcus Carr (Texas)
Scott Pritchard Drew Timme (Gonzaga)
Scott Rickenbach Collin Gillespie (Villanova)
Stephen Nover Drew Timme (Gonzaga)

Odds to Win 2021-22 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship

Odds To Win 2022 National Championship (4/4/22)
Team Odds
Gonzaga +600
Duke +800
Purdue +800
Baylor +1200
Kansas +1200
Auburn +1400
Arizona +1800
UCLA +2000
Villanova +2000
Kentucky +2000
Illinois +2500
Texas +3000
LSU +4000
Texas Tech +4000
Michigan State +4000
Houston +4000
Wisconsin +4000
Ohio State +5000
Alabama +5000
USC +5000
Memphis +5000
Tennessee +5000
UNC +6600
Iowa State +6600
UConn +8000
FSU +8000
Michigan +8000
Arkansas +8000
Oregon +8000
West Virginia +8000
Seton Hall +8000
Xavier +8000
Iowa +10000
Providence +10000
Florida +10000
Indiana +10000
Oklahoma +12500
Virginia Tech +12500
Louisville +12500
Virginia +12500
BYU +12500
St. Bonaventure +12500

Updated Mon., Jan. 17, 6:10 p.m. ET - Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change


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2022 March Madness Schedule

  • Selection Sunday: March 13
  • First Four: March 15-16
  • First Round: March 17-18
  • Second Round: March 19-20
  • Sweet 16: March 24-25
  • Elite Eight: March 26-27
  • Final Four: April 2
  • NCAA Championship: April 4

2022 March Madness Betting Resources

First Four

  • Date(s): March 15-16
  • Location: Dayton, Ohio
  • Venue: UD Arena

First & Second Rounds

  • Date(s): March 17 & 19
  • Location: Buffalo, New York
  • Venue: KeyBank Center
  • Date(s): March 17 & 19
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
  • Date(s): March 17 & 19
  • Location: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Venue: Dickies Arena
  • Date(s): March 17 & 19
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Venue: Moda Center
  • Date(s): March 18 & 20
  • Location: Greenville, South Carolina
  • Venue: Bon Secours Wellness Arena
  • Date(s): March 18 & 20
  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Venue: Fiserv Forum
  • Date(s): March 18 & 20
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Venue: PPG Paints Arena
  • Date(s): March 18 & 20
  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Venue: Viejas Arena

Sweet 16 & Elite Eight

  • Date(s): March 24 & 26
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas
  • Venue: AT&T Center
  • Date(s): March 24 & 26
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Venue: Chase Center
  • Date(s): March 25 & 27
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Venue: United Center
  • Date(s): March 25 & 27
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Venue: Wells Fargo Center

Final Four & National Championship

  • Date(s): April 2 & 4
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Venue: Caesars Superdome

2022 Wooden Award Odds

The March Madness Tournament always creates stars, along with putting some on the map. Key players have made names for themselves iin this tournament such as Dwyane Wade, Steph Curry, Johnny Juzang and many others. Below is the list for Wooden Award contenders, many of which are stars to consider watching when handicapping March Madness this season.

Odds To Win 2022 Wooden Award (4/4/22)
Player (Team) Odds
Johnny Davis (Wisconsin) +750
Kofi Cockburn (Illinois) +900
Ochai Agbaji (Kansas) +900
Paolo Banchero (Duke) +1000
Drew Timme (Gonzaga) +1000
Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky) +1200
E.J. Liddell (Ohio State) +1200
Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona) +1600
Keegan Murray (Iowa) +1800
Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) +2000
Jaden Ivey (Purdue) +2500
Jabari Smith, Jr. (Auburn) +2500
Collin Gillespie (Villanova) +3000
Wendell Moore, Jr. (Duke) +3500
Johnny Juzang (UCLA) +4000
Trevion Williams (Purdue) +4000
Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga) +4500
Jaden Shackelford (Alabama) +5000
Armando Bacot (UNC) +5000
Zach Edey (Purdue) +5500
Julian Champagnie (St. John's) +7000
Jahvon Quinerly (Alabama) +7000
Hunter Dickinson (Michigan) +7000
James Akinjo (Baylor) +7000
Izaiah Brockington (Iowa State) +8000
David Roddy (Colorado State) +8000
Adam Flagler (Baylor) +9000

Updated Mon. Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m. ET - Odds provided by DraftKings - subject to change

NCAA Tourney Picks Betting Results

As the tournament begins, we'll be updating the Straight Up (SU), Against the Spread (ATS) and Over-Under Total (O/U) results for all played games of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Bettors have wagered on 65 games so far and the best return so far has been on 'under' tickets for total bettors.

2021 NCAA Tournament Overall Betting Results
Wager Favorites-Underdogs
Straight Up 42-23
Against the Spread 31-34
Total
Over-Under 23-42

Betting News & Resources

The VegasInsider.com stable of College Basketball experts have been covering the action all season long with their betting preview and prediction pieces. They'll be providing analysis for all the games in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

All of the NCAA Tournament previews and picks can be found in our Daily Predictions headlines feature.


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Consensus Picks - Region

Scoreboard

All of your NCAA Tournament betting wagers can be followed throughout March Madness on the VegasInsider.com College Basketball Scores. The Scores are easily followed once you understand how they’re displayed and the role of each betting feature. All College Basketball Scores start with the Matchup, which has a designated home and away team.

All Games are listed in order of Rotation that are set by the sportsbooks. The Rotation numbers are assigned to each team and it identifies the bet that is being placed at an online sportsbook or in a casino. Those numbers eliminate any confusion between the bettor and the sportsbook. Along with rotation numbers, games are also listed by time and the VegasInsider.com College Basketball Scores show the Game Time in Eastern Standard Time Zone (ET).

Next to the rotations are the Teams that are playing, followed by the Betting Odds. The College Basketball Scores uses a consensus line that is created by multiple Las Vegas and Global sportsbooks. The Betting Odds display which team is the favorite in the matchup and that can be determined with a minus (-) sign followed by a number.

The March Madness scoreboard is updated as the games tip and you'll be able to track all your winning wagers for the upcoming NCAA Tournament games.

Win Your March Madness Bracket

Betting in the office pool? Dominate your friends using our VI Expert March Madness free picks. With our seasoned handicappers, get key insights for all your NCAA bracket betting odds. From Final Four picks on who will win the NCAA, to this year’s underdog, make sure you’re ready for any March Madness upsets!

March Madness Betting

First, make sure to check out how to bet on March Madness. Now then, it’s important that you’re in a state that has legalized sports betting. Even better, bet on March Madness online in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and West Virginia!

So, which sportsbook should you bet with? While there’s always an element of personal preference, certain online sportsbooks offer better welcome bonuses than others.

In our experience, DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet are top 3 contenders for online basketball betting. Check out our full reviews for the lowdown on why you should bet with these excellent sportsbooks.

Where can I bet on March Madness?

Without a doubt, the top online sportsbooks for college basketball betting are DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet. As you know, DraftKings and FanDuel paved the way for DFS and fantasy basketball in the US, and have used that experience to offer top-tier sportsbooks to US bettors. Likewise, newcomer PointsBet has a unique points betting system and close ties to pro basketball players that makes betting on March Madness with them a no-brainer. Plus, every top sportsbook offers an excellent mobile app for sports betting. So, make sure to download the app after signing up for a welcome offer!

College Basketball Betting Types

  • Money-line: This is an easy one. Simply pick which team will win outright. Say Notre Dame is up against San Diego State in a Final Four matchup – pick one team over the other to bring home the win. New bettors especially bet on the money-line as it's the simplest way to bet on a game.
  • Point Spread: Like money-line, here you choose a team to win or lose outright. However, the difference lies in guessing how much they win/lose by. This number is a specific points total set by the sportsbooks. Our advice? Check out the team’s average points per game over the season.
  • Totals: Also called over/under, this bet determines whether the final score will – combined – will be over or under what the sportsbook thinks.
  • Props: Oftentimes these are in-play bets. They can relate to brackets and player stats, or even fun things like a halftime show or what the mascot will do.
  • Futures: Feeling the itch to bet already? Futures can be placed weeks or sometimes months ahead of the game. For example, maybe you think Ole Miss will bring it home this year. Place a bet now ahead of Selection Sunday to get in on the ground floor. Just pay attention as the odds can change, and your choice can even be knocked out!
  • Parlays: Called accumulator bets in the UK, parlays are a series of bets. March Madness is the perfect time for parlays, where you can lay down a small bet of say $10 across five games. Win all five and you could be looking at a hefty return.


  
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