2022 NCAA Tournament Odds: Live Game Odds & National Title Futures

What a crazy March Madness in 2021. Baylor upset Gonzaga in the National Championship after one of the best tournaments in recent memory. Now, the odds markets are focused on the 2022 NCAA Championship.

With March Madness, college basketball becomes extremely popular to the average sports bettor. Of course, we know we can wager on college basketball games each night but there are also futures to take advantage of as the tournament moves on. You can bet on who you believe will win the National Championship with a plethora of options and favorable odds.

Let’s take a look at the 2022 college basketball title odds, courtesy of the various legal sportsbooks available.

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NCAA Tournament Live Odds & Point Spreads

A look at each game’s odds and spreads for the NCAA Tournament. This will return next year when college basketball resumes.


2022 NCAA Tournament National Title Odds 

Check below to keep up with the latest odds to win the National Championship at legal sportsbooks in the U.S for next year’s tournament.




2021 NCAA Tournament Recap

A recap of the odds and news from the 2021 tournament.

Final Four – Gonzaga and Baylor Lead

It’s all come down to this. Four teams left: Gonzaga, UCLA, Baylor, and Houston. Gonzaga and Baylor are the overwhelming favorites, and have been the two best teams all year. Will they meet in the National Championship? Time will tell.

The two favorites won, and Gonzaga vs. Baylor is locked in as the National Championship game. Check out Gonzaga vs. Baylor odds and picks, here.


Sweet 16 – Gonzaga Leads but Loyola Chicago Odds Skyrocket

With the first two rounds in the books, we are headed to the Sweet 16. Of the teams in the Sweet 16, only five programs have odds of +900 or better on DraftKings Sportsbook. You can turn $1 into $100 at DraftKings as well in the Sweet 16, here.

One team to watch for is Loyola Chicago, whose odds have risen all the way to +900 to win. The only teams with better odds are Gonzaga, Baylor, and Michigan. Here’s a look at some of the top Sweet 16 odds and matchups:


Zags Become Title Favorites Again as Tournament Begins

After Baylor lost their first game of 2020-2021, Gonzaga’s odds crept ahead of the Bears on DraftKings as they moved into first place in the “favorite” to win the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga’s odds are +250 to win the title, ahead of Baylor’s +275. If Gonzaga stays undefeated heading into the tournament, they will certainly be the #1 seed, but also the favorite to win as well.


Turner Sports and CBS Announce NCAA Tournament TV Schedule

On Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, CBS and Turner Sports announced the TV schedule for the tournament, so college basketball fans are rearing for the best sports betting event of the year across a two-week timeline. Here’s a look at the TV schedule on a round-by-round basis.

First Four TV Schedule

The first four games of the 2021 NCAA Tournament are broadcast on truTV and TBS on Thursday, March 18th at the following times:

  • truTV – 5 PM, 8:30 PM
  • TBS – 6:20 PM, 9:50 PM

NCAA Tournament First Round TV Schedule

The first round spreads across two days of incredible sports television, here is a look at the schedule.

Second Round TV Schedule for March Madness

There is more madness in the second round, here’s a look at the TV schedule.

Sweet 16 TV Schedule

The Sweet 16 is on CBS and TBS across two days. Here’s the schedule:

  • March 27th
    • CBS – 2:30 and 5:00 PM
    • TBS – 7:15 and 9:45 PM
  • March 28th
    • CBS – 2:00 and 4:45 PM
    • TBS – 7:00 and 9:30 PM

Elite 8 TV Schedule

Here’s a quick look at the Elite 8 TV schedule.

  • March 29 at 7 PM – CBS
  • March 29 at 9:45 PM – CBS
  • March 30 at 7 PM – TBS
  • March 30 at 9:45 PM – TBS

How Can I Watch the Final Four?

There are two televised games for the Final Four, both games on CBS at 5 PM and 830 PM EST>

What channel is the National Championship on?

The 2021 NCAA Basketball National Championship takes place on April 5th at 9 PM EST on CBS.


Pre-Tournament 2021 College Basketball Futures at William Hill Sportsbook

School Odds to Win 2021 College Basketball Championship
Gonzaga +200
Baylor +500
Michigan +600
Illinois +600
Iowa +1800
Houston +1800
Alabama +2000
Ohio State +2000
Texas +2500

The above are the top 10 in terms of odds to win the college basketball national title in 2021, odds courtesy of William Hill. For the time being, it’s the traditional programs at the top with Illinois and Baylor sprinkled in. Kentucky had the top-rated incoming recruiting class per 247 Sports, with Duke just behind it and UNC in third. With many top freshman leaving for the NBA, the recruiting rankings will be an important way to look at the futures market.

The only movement into September was the Illinois Fighting Illini creeping into the top 10 at 20/1. This movement has not changed into October, but as November approaches the Baylor Bears have crept into the favorite conversation at +1000 and West Virginia joined the top 10 in early November at +1800. As of mid-November, Villanova rose to +900 and the rest of the top 10 settled in at +1600 odds or better.

As the season began, Gonzaga quickly rose to the top as favorites to win the title at +850, with Nova falling slightly to +900. As December began, Gonzaga pulled away at bit at +550, but Villanova’s odds are set at +850. After the halfway point of December, Gonzaga moved up to +500, with Baylor behind them at +800. Villanova fell back to +1000. As of the end of 2020, Gonzaga’s odds skyrocketed to +300 to win the National Title. They are by far the best team in college basketball, and as of the end of 2020 look to be the team poised for the best chance at a run. The 2021 calendar year began with the same team at the top, as Gonzaga’s odds dropped a tad to +325, but still a favorite. Tennessee entered the top 10 with +2000 odds, and Texas has +1800 odds to win it all.

As January came to a close, Gonzaga’s odds rose again to +300 at William Hill, with others moving slightly as well including Baylor going from +800 to +700. In early February before the Super Bowl, Baylor’s odds rose to +450.

When the NCAA Tournament began, Gonzaga topped the charts at +200, with Baylor, Michigan, and Illinois behind them at +500 and +600, respectively.

For a list of full odds, see William Hill Sportsbook.


2021 March Madness Odds News

Here’s a look at news throughout the 2020-2021 CBB season as odds shifted.

Iowa Hawkeyes National Championship Odds move to +1000

The Iowa Hawkeyes are for real, as their odds are +1000 to win the title. This is a legitimate program with one of the best players in the country in Luka Garza. They will be a force to be reckoned with in the tournament, as most teams do not have a player that has the ability to defend a player like Garza. At +1000, Iowa’s odds could increase as the conference tournaments and March Madness gets closer.



Villanova National Title Odds at +700 on DraftKings Sportsbook as season starts

As the 2020-2021 college basketball season gets closer, the odds on who will win the National have begun to change. Currently in early November, Villanova is favored at DraftKings Sportsbook (+700) to win the title. Following Villanova are:

  • Baylor (+800)
  • Gonzaga (+800)
  • Iowa (+800)
  • Virginia (+900)
  • Kentucky (+900)
  • Kansas (+1100)
  • Wisconsin (+1200)

For a full list of odds, check out DraftKings Sportsbook.


Villanova Basketball Championship Odds +1000 as summer approaches

Bettors must love betting on ‘Nova, as the Wildcats’ futures odds have shot up to 10:1 on William Hill Sportsbook. They are co-leaders with Duke and Gonzaga for the 2021 College Basketball title, but we are a long way away. Villanova benefits from top-tier prospects not skipping their program for the G League and returning some top talent. Will the Wildcats remain the favorite in the offseason? Time will tell. CBSSports has Villanova listed as third in early May.


College Basketball Powerhouses Lead NCAA Futures Market

Familiar names are atop the chart, with Gonzaga, Duke, Kentucky, and Kansas all tied at +1000, and Virginia just behind them at +1200. Gonzaga, Duke, and Kentucky all have top-10 classes on 247 sports, but Kansas is currently 16th in the country as far as recruiting classes go. That gives the leg up to Gonzaga, Duke, and Kentucky for the time being. With that being said, if 2020 Kansas players return to the team for the 2021 season it will be a loaded roster looking for a chance at redemption as the Jayhawks have some unfinished business from the 2020 season.


Can North Carolina Basketball Rebound in 2021?

The UNC Tar Heels were dreadful by their standards in 2020, as they finished with a 14-19 record and a horrible 6-14 record in the ACC. Only Pittsburgh finished with a lower record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Can UNC rebound from a bad year last year? Absolutely. Currently, the Tar Heels have the third-ranked class by 247 sports and have already signed three five-star athletes. Day’Ron Sharpe, Walker Kessler, and Caleb Love are all signed with UNC and are ready to bring the program back to the top. With four top-50 players signed already and some 2020 players returning, UNC is set for a big year in 2021. Their odds are currently 40:1 on William Hill Sportsbook.


Iowa Hawkeyes are the Most Popular NCAA Tournament Bet

As our own Ben Heisler wrote about, Iowa is the most popular college basketball futures bet as of early April. As you can see from the image above, there is a massive influx on Iowa at William Hill sportsbooks, which can mean one thing…are Iowa bettors betting on the home team? Likely, but 30 percent is a very large number. Iowa sits at 30/1 to win the 2021 National Championship.


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NCAA Tournament Upset Pick Trends

When looking for the big upsets in the NCAA Tournament, we have to examine the 9-16 seeds historical performance.

– #9 seeds first round record: (93-160) 36.8%
– #10 seeds first round record: (100-160) 38.5%
– #11 seeds first round record: (91-156) 36.8%
– #12 seeds first round record: (71-156) 31.3%
– #13 seeds first round record: (33-136) 19.5%
– #14 seeds first round record: (23-136) 14.5%
– #15 seeds first round record: (9-136) 6.2%
– #16 seeds first round record: (1-136) 0.7%

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