March Madness in 2021 is one to remember, as Gonzaga was undefeated entering the National Championship game. They were upset by Baylor, who dominated from start to finish en route to completing nearly a perfect season of their own. Now, the attention moves to next year’s tournament. One of the best parts of college basketball is the turnover every year with a new team and new players nearly each season, which makes futures betting a lot of fun. The odds for next year’s NCAA Champion have been released.
Let’s take a look at the opening odds for next year’s college basketball season, with the focus being on who will win the 2022 NCAA Tournament. After a tremendous win by Baylor, did they open as the favorite to win next year? Let’s dive in.
2022 March Madness Champ Odds
With the conclusion of the 2021 college basketball season, the odds for next year’s March Madness have already opened. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Gonzaga opens as the favorite with Baylor right behind them. The odds have already moved since open, but we will take a look at the updated prices as well. Here are the opening odds, per DraftKings.
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Opening odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
As you can see, Gonzaga and Baylor opened right next to each other after the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga clearly is the favorite, and their odds have moved even moreso…but Baylor’s fell from +1200 to +1700 in some places. One team to note is Duke, who had a horrible 2021 season, but will be right back at the top after a solid recruiting class going forward.
The odds have already moved, which you can see below with the top odds for each legal sportsbook for various NCAA basketball programs.
Baylor Odds To Win Title in 2022
After defeating Gonzaga, Baylor is now officially the reigning champion. What are their odds to win next year’s NCAA Tournament? At DraftKings Sportsbook, it is currently at +1700, up from +1600.
Can Baylor repeat? It will be tough, as they are expected to lose quite the number of players from their championship run. In addition, Baylor’s incoming group of freshman do not equal the likes of Kansas, Duke, Gonzaga, or many other schools. What we learned in 2021 was important though, as Baylor dominated Gonzaga in the National Championship with a deeper roster.
Gonzaga NCAA Tournament Odds 2022
Despite taking the loss in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Gonzaga is still the betting favorite to win the 2022 National Championship at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Gonzaga opens as the favorite to win the 2022 National Championship pic.twitter.com/RhlecUdmJl
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) April 6, 2021
At +600 to win, Gonzaga is the clear favorite to win next year’s tournament. Yes, they will be losing quite a bit of talent including Jalen Suggs who is a fit for a top-3 pick. But, Gonzaga has one of the best incoming classes in the country, and will return some talent. Is +600 full of value? Not at the moment on DraftKings, but at other sportsbooks they are as high as +900 to win the tournament next year.
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