The 2022 version of March Madness has been one that will stick in the memory of college basketball fans for quite some time. We saw a #15 seed make it to the Elite 8 for the first time in the history of the tournament, with St. Peters busting brackets left, right, and center. There were other surprises along the way, but as we prepare for the Final Four, which will take place this coming Saturday, we are left with a #1 seed, a pair of #2 seeds, and a #8 seed. As is so often the case in every sport, the cream does always seem to find a way to rise to the top. The question now is whether the surprises are over for this season or whether one of the underdogs can make it to the National Championship Game. Let’s take a look at those underdogs and their chances of moving on so you can bet against their March Madness Odds.
March Madness Final Four Underdogs to Wager On | College Basketball Betting
#2 Villanova Wildcats Vs #1 Kansas Jayhawks
Both of these teams know what it takes to win a national Championship, but only one of them can be the favorite to win this game. That label goes to the Kansas Jayhawks, who come into this one as a 4 ½ point favorite. It doesn’t seem right to talk about a team being a recent champion, as the players that will be on the court this Saturday were not a part of that success. The coach remains the same, though, as does the level of talent that he has available to him, so while his guys were not part of the 2 championship winning teams over the past few years, they will have the experience of the coach to guide them.
Looking at these two teams going head-to-head, it is Villanova who have had the better of the matchup, going 5-3 SU in their last 8 meetings. While that is all good, the problem that the Wildcats are going to be without one of their best offensive players, with Justin Moore tearing an Achilles versus Houston. The Wildcats defense has been great, but they are going to need to take it to another level against Kansas.
I think Villanova can keep it close and potentially cover, but I’m not sure they can win.
#8 UNC Tar Heels Vs #2 Duke Blue Devils
We all love to see the underdog come up big and take down a better opponent, but this game might be the exception to the rule. As far as matchups go, we couldn’t have asked for a better one, as this is a bitter rivalry that is going to be fun to watch. That said, for fans watching from outside the borders of North Carolina, there will be a lot of people pulling for coach K to get the championship in his final season. The bookies like his chances in this one, putting in Duke as a 4-point favorite.
A win for the Blue Devils would be seen as the best revenge after the Tar Heels spoiled Coach K’s final home game by taking the win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Not only are Duke in as the favorite to win this game, they are also now the bookies choice to win it all. They are 4-6 SU in their last 10 games versus their rivals, so you absolutely cannot count the Tar Heels out. There does, though, seem to be a feeling that Duke is a team of destiny this season, so I’d be wary about playing the underdog here.