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Last Updated May 12, 2022, 4:51 PM

2022 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP BETTING PICKS

The 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship took place on Monday, April 4, 2022 with the Kansas Jayhawks defeating the UNC Tar Heels. The Tar Heels did cover the ATS however, as the Under also hit for the second straight year.

NCAA Championship Odds

  • No. 8 UNC 69 (+4) vs. No. 1 Kansas 72 - Under 153.5

March Madness Final Four Results

Games set for Saturday Apr. 2, 2022

  • 2 Villanova 65 vs. 1 Kansas 81 (-4) - Over 133
  • 8 UNC 81 (+4.5) vs. 2 Duke - Over 153.5

NCAA Tournament Futures

Odds entering the Final Four

Duke +175
Kansas +225
Villanova +350
North Carolina +650

Odds per BetMGM

MARCH MADNESS BETTING RESULTS

The NCAA Tournament has completed 64 of the 67 games and through two weeks of betting action, we've seen favorites win straight up at a 68 percent clip (42-20-2) but underdogs have managed to produce a 33-29-2 (53%) record against the spread. After a strong start to 'over' tickets, Total bettors have watched the 'under' surge back and the low side has gone 35-29 (55%) in the first 64 matchups.

Overall

Straight Up (Favorites-Underdogs): 44-21-2
Against the Spread (Favorites-Underdogs): 30-35-2
Over/Under: 31-36

First Four

Straight Up (Favorites-Underdogs): 3-1
Against the Spread (Favorites-Underdogs): 3-1
Over/Under: 3-1

First Round

Straight Up (Favorites-Underdogs): 22-9-1
Against the Spread (Favorites-Underdogs): 15-16-1
Over/Under: 16-16

Second Round

Straight Up (Favorites-Underdogs): 11-5
Against the Spread (Favorites-Underdogs): 6-10
Over/Under: 9-7

Sweet 16

Straight Up (Favorites-Underdogs): 3-4-1
Against the Spread (Favorites-Underdogs): 2-5-1
Over/Under: 1-7

Elite Eight

Straight Up (Favorites-Underdogs): 3-1
Against the Spread (Favorites-Underdogs): 3-1
Over/Under: 0-4

Final Four

Straight Up (Favorites-Underdogs): 1-1
Against the Spread (Favorites-Underdogs): 1-1
Over/Under: 2-0

CONSENSUS PICKS

  • Gonzaga 10
  • Illinois 8
  • Texas 2
  • Baylor 2
  • Alabama 2
  • Michigan 1
  • Iowa 1

WHAT IS THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT?

The NCAA Tournament is the hottest event in US college basketball. March Madness betting takes over the nation every year in an incredible frenzy. And the big-ticket event always draws the most action. NCAA Championship betting is the crown jewel of the event.

Starting in March, millions of people across the United States fill out the NCAA brackets. It’s a sports betting event that’s made its way into the mainstream.

The NCAA Tournament is a 68-team championship event. The winner reigns supreme above all Division I men’s basketball teams in the nation. Teams from conferences across the United States face off in a single-elimination tournament, where everything is at stake in each game.

The NCAA Tournament has been held yearly since 1939, drawing growing audiences every year. March Madness betting has grown into a tremendous phenomenon. Office betting pools form all over the nation with everyone’s NCAA bracket picks.

The committee seeds the NCAA basketball championship according to complex factors, including previous NCAA championship scores and performance over the season. Top-seeded teams tend to dominate the quarters and semifinals, though surprise upsets happen every once in a while.

Despite being a collegiate event, the NCAA basketball championship draws audiences rivaling those of leagues like the NBA and NFL. NCAA Championship betting and general March Madness betting action have a lot to do with that popularity.

Major sport news networks cover the NCAA basketball championship extensively, including CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports. NCAA Championship betting is even popular in states where it’s technically illegal.

The popularity of the NCAA brackets among coworkers and groups of friends make most state authorities turn a blind eye to these casual wagers. 

MOST POPULAR MARCH MADNESS TOOLS

PICKING THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

Selecting the teams to fill out your NCAA Championship betting bracket is almost an art form. All the major US sports networks, from CBS Sports to Fox Sports and ESPN, offer countless hours of analysis and advice.

Pundits suggest strategies, top picks, secret insider information, and more. Each phase of the tournament has its own betting frenzy. The coverage of each phase in the media is extensive as well.

Even US politicians join in on the action. Every year he was in office, President Barack Obama released his NCAA bracket picks to much fanfare. After leaving the Oval, the former president continues to share his picks every year. He’s not alone, either.

Millions of people join in on Elite 8 betting and NCAA Championship betting every year. Hundreds of websites publish extensive NCAA Championship scores to orient audiences filling their brackets. No one has ever had a perfect bracket, but some people have been pretty close.

The best streak anyone has ever shown in NCAA Championship betting history was from neuropsychologist Gregg Nigl, during the 2019 tournament. Nigl went 48 for 48, correctly predicting every team in the Sweet Sixteen.

2022 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER PICKS

Preseason Consensus (Odds per DraftKings)

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

Villanova has had the most recent success of the schools our handicappers feel have the best chance to cut down the final nets. As mentioned, the Big Ten and Gonzaga both struggle historically to finish the tournament all the way - while Jay Wright's Wildcats have won multiple championships over the last few seasons.

The feel good story will be Duke however, with added attention to the man who will take over Coach K's role in Jon Scheyer. If the story becomes an inspiration rather than a distraction, Duke should be a top team this season behind the play of Paolo Banchero.

Ochai Agbaji will be askded to carry the majority of the Kansas workload this season, as will Michigan's Dickinson. Gonzaga has two top players to watch in Timme and Chet Holmgren. The Bulldogs have the most weapons of the top teams entering the season, but are not as deep as they were a season ago.

2022 MARCH MADNESS CHAMPIONSHIP CONSENSUS PREDICTIONS

Schools in bold indicate National Championship pick.

HandicapperTeam 1Team 2Team 3Team 4
Alex SmartGonzagaMichiganMemphisAlabama
Ben BurnsGonzagaKansasVillanovaDuke
Brian BitlerUCLAPurdueDukeMemphis
Greg SmithGonzagaKentuckyUCLATexas
Joe NelsonGonzagaMichiganTexasVillanova
Jonathan JorcinTexasVillanovaMichiganGonzaga
Kevin RogersMichiganVillanovaMemphisGonzaga
Kyle HunterGonzagaVillanovaPurdueTexas
Scott PritchardGonzagaKansasMichiganMemphis
Scott RickenbachGonzagaTexasVillanovaDuke
Stephen NoverMichiganGonzagaTexasKentucky

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

The NCAA brackets are one of the most popular forms of sports betting across the United States. They enjoy a curious de facto legality since most states that technically ban sports betting or gambling, in general, don’t enforce the law for March Madness betting.

Office pools are an extremely common occurrence around the NCAA Championship. Even major corporations join in on the action. World-famous billionaire investor Warren Buffet has promised millions of dollars to any employee of his who correctly picks the Sweet 16.

No one has come close so far, though. Taking into account the countless variables that affect the outcome of a game, it’s a very difficult feat, requiring both skill and luck. Knowing old NCAA championship scores and results is barely scraping the surface.

The NCAA Championship betting brackets involve vast amounts of statistical information and analysis. So-called “bracketologists” spend hundreds of hours studying game tape, player stats, simulations, and projections.

While it may seem like they have NCAA brackets down to a science, the truth is, not a single person has ever gotten a perfect bracket. It’s possible no one ever will. The NCAA estimates the odds are between 1 in a couple billion and 1 in a few quintillion.

HOW TO BET ON THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP?

NCAA brackets are in essence an outright parlay bet, with 63 or 67 (including the First Four) picks on a single ticket. In most office pools, the winner is whoever gets the most correct picks by the end of the tournament.

But brackets are far from the only way to get in on NCAA Championship betting and Elite 8 betting action. There are many ways to bet on the NCAA tournament. After the PASPA ruling in 2018, multiple states have moved to legalize and regulate sports betting.

States like New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Iowa now have their own mobile sports betting operations and platforms. Many NCAA Championship betting markets are available. They include mone-yline, point spread, handicap, over/under, prop bets and parlays.

If sports betting is legal in your state, all you have to do is visit your favorite online sportsbook, register for a player account, and make a deposit. Once you credit your deposit, you can start betting on your favorites for every match.

Some states have a “tethered mobile” registration system. If you are in one of those states, you will have to register your mobile account for the first time at a casino or retail sportsbook.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

The NCAA Tournament is one of the most thrilling times in basketball, and NCAA Championship betting makes it that much more exciting. NCAA Championship betting brackets, pools, and wagers continue to take the nation by storm every March.

The legalization of sports betting across several states in the Union will only help to cement the NCAA Championship betting as America’s favorite spring pastime.

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