As we look forward to March Madness in the NCAA, the big question is which team will win it this time around.
To better understand who has the best chance, we can look at the current betting odds in one of the most famous bookmakers, Bovada.lv, and also at the rosters each of the top college basketball teams can choose from.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs
The favorite to win the NCAA Championship right now, the Gonzaga Bulldogs play out of Spokane, Washington. The 2021 tournament saw them go into the final undefeated, which was the first time since 1979 that any team has managed this. They lost out narrowly to the Baylor Bears then, but what players might help them reach success this time?
For a start, Drew Timme is regarded as one of the very best players in college basketball right now. He could also be hitting the right form at the perfect moment, as he scored a career-high points total at the end of 2021. Hunter Sallis, Nolan Hickman, and Chet Holmgren all joined the Gonzaga program in 2021 and have been added to the team’s powerful roster.
The Duke Blue Devils
The Duke University team from North Carolina has been a strong performer in the college basketball scene for a number of years. This can be seen in the fact that they’ve won five NCAA Championships, which is a terrific record that few other college teams can compete with.
This year, their main hope for winning the championship could be Paolo Banchero. The five-star recruit is expected to move into the NBA as a draft lottery pick this year. Trevor Keels and Wendell Moore are among the rest of the names that help to make up a strong roster capable of going far into the tournament again this time around.
The Purdue Boilermakers
Another team that many people think has a good chance of emerging triumphant from March Madness, the Purdue Boilermakers hold the record for a number of Big Ten Championships won and have been to the Final Four stage a couple of times.
6”10 center Trevion Williams is one of their players you’re unlikely to miss if you watch their games this year. Williams recently set a record for points scored for this team and he takes more than a third of their shots. Shooting guard Sasha Stefanovic and forward Brian Waddell are also listed in their 2021-22 roster and could play a big part in the NCAA tournament.
The Auburn Tigers
The team representing Auburn University in Alabama is also rated high among the favorites to triumph in March Madness. They got all the way to the Final Four stage in 2019 and are rated as the top seed this year.
A look at a few of the top names in the Auburn roster helps to explain why this team is so popular among sports bettors this year. For example, Jabari Smith is the highest-ranked recruit to ever join this program, and he could be the number one pick in the NBA draft later this year. Wendell Green Jr. and Allen Flanigan are a couple of their other players to keep an eye on.
The Arizona Wildcats
The University of Arizona team is perhaps best-known around the rest of the country for the fact that they produce so many excellent point guards for the NBA. Their consistency over the years can be seen in the way they have been to March Madness a record 25 consecutive times. However, they have only won it once in their history, so who are the players to look out for in 2022?
Estonian point guard Kerr Kriisa was ranked as possibly the best European recruit in college basketball when he joined the Wildcats in 2021. Christian Koloko, Bennedict Mathurin, and Ąžuolas Tubelis are other Arizona players who’ve impressed during this season. With odds of about 1000+ to win March Madness, this is one of the teams that a lot of people think could go all the way this year.
The Kentucky Wildcats
At similar odds to Arizona to win the whole thing, the Kentucky Wildcats are still the most successful team in all of NCAA history, in terms of total wins and NCAA tournament appearances. They’ve won the Championship an incredible eight times and it wouldn’t be a major surprise if they were to win it again in 2022.
A look at their current roster reveals that giant center Oscar Tshiebwe is a key player for Kentucky. The impressive number of rebounds he picks up makes him valuable to the team, and he recently got 28 rebounds in a game.
Look out for freshman Tyty Washington, although when he was injured recently in a game against Florida, it was noticeable that Sahvir Wheeler stepped up to end a poor run in terms of shooting.