There is only one #1 seed left in the NCAA Tournament, the Kansas Jayhawks. Would it be a surprise to tell you that they are not the betting favorite heading into the Final Four? The Villanova Wildcats, the Kansas Jayhawks, the Duke Blue Devils, and the North Carolina Tar Heels are the last teams left with three games to play in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
Let’s take a look at our NCAA Basketball Championship Betting favorites and who would be a good team to bet on in the Final Four.
Updated NCAA Basketball National Championship Odds
Duke Blue Devils +140
What a storyline this would be Duke and the world of college basketball. Since the beginning of the season, knowing it would be Mike Krzyzewski’s last season, a championship has been on their mind. With a young team, Duke could have struggled but the young athletes have flourished in a tough environment.
Paolo Banchero has been the freshman to lead the Duke Blue Devils this season. He leads the team in points per game and rebounds per game. Banchero averages 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds respectively.
Looking at the top five leading scorers for Duke, only one player is an upperclassman. Wendell Moore Jr. is a junior in school and he is the second-leading scorer for the Blue Devils this season.
There could be many one and done this season for Duke, which typically goes against the typical thoughts of needing experience.
Duke would be a good team to bet on at +140.
Kansas Jayhawks +180
The last #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament currently has the second-best odds to win the National Championship. Kansas has not won a National Championship since 2008 over Memphis. The Jayhawks have a very good chance this season but have to beat a very good Villanova team in the Final Four.
Ochai Agbaji has been one of the most outstanding players in college basketball this season. Agbaji averages 18.9 points per game on the season to lead Kansas. He is one of four Jayhawks to average double-digit points this season.
Kansas receives many other contributions from other players including Christian Braun, Jalen Wilson, and David McCormick. All four players will need to have meaningful performances to cash the +180 odds of winning the title.
North Carolina Tar Heels +500
Arguably the hottest team in the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina is playing their best basketball at the right time. They have dominated every team in the tournament so far. The Baylor score was a lot closer than what the game actually felt like, due to Manek being ejected and a few calls not going their way.
Caleb Love has stepped up multiple times for the Tar Heels this postseason. The young man 15.7 points per game on the season. One of the most impressive performances came in the St. Peter’s game from Armando Bacot. In the win over the Peacocks, Bacot scored 20 points and had 22 rebounds.
With how hot North Carolina has been, it would be a good time to hammer the +500 odds.
Villanova Wildcats +600
Last but not least, Villanova is our final team of the Final Four odds. You should never count out the Wildcats, but the chances do not look great heading into the weekend. Collin Gillespie continues to lead, but his job got much harder after losing Justin Moore.
The Wildcats are looking for their third championship in six years. Jay Wright continues to prove why he is one of the best coaches in college basketball with another run in March. Villanova continues to prove the doubters wrong but has a lot of work ahead of them with Kansas.
If you like underdogs, Villanova is your team at +600.