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The next 2021-22 college basketball season starts out on November 9, 2021 with over 350 teams setting out to try to win the 2022 NCAA Basketball Championship.


NCAAB Championship Betting Odds

Any bettors looking to put an early wager on the winner of the 2021-22 championship game (which is scheduled to take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana) will see that the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the early favorites at betting odds of +500 with Bovada to go one better than this year’s tournament and win the title.

Recent history does suggest that Gonzaga should certainly be among the leading contenders again, with them winning 30 or more games in five straight seasons.

Odds to Win NCAAB Men's Basketball Championship 2021/2022: Outright

Odds to Win NCAAB Men's Basketball Championship 2021/2022: Outright
Odds to Win NCAAB Men's Basketball Championship 2021/2022: Outright
09/30/21 @ 12:00
Team Win
Gonzaga +700
Michigan +900
Kansas +1600
UCLA +1000
Kentucky +1800
Duke +1500
Texas +1400
Villanova +1200
Illinois +2200
Baylor +2000
Purdue +1400
Memphis +1800
Alabama +1600
Ohio State +2000
North Carolina +3000
Arkansas +2500
Florida State +2000
Houston +2200
Virginia Tech +3000
Louisville +3500
Maryland +3000
Michigan State +3000
Oklahoma +4000
Oregon +3000
Syracuse +4000
Virginia +3500
West Virginia +3500
Auburn +5000
Texas Tech +4000
USC +4000
Wisconsin +3000
Arizona +6000
Clemson +5000
Creighton +4000
LSU +5000
St. Bonaventure +7000
Tennessee +5000
Connecticut +6000
Drake +20000
Florida +10000
Georgia Tech +9000
Indiana +8000
Iowa +9000
Missouri +10000
Oklahoma State +10000
San Diego State +8000
Seton Hall +6600
Xavier +13000
Colorado +13000
Colorado State +18000
Notre Dame  +10000
Oregon State +13000
Richmond +20000
Rutgers +8000
St. John's +8000
Stanford +13000
Texas A&M +20000
Wichita State +13000
Dayton +15000
Loyola Chicago +13000
Marquette +15000
Mississippi +15000
SMU +15000
St. Louis College +10000
UNLV +15000
Va Commonwealth +12000
Arizona State +8000
BYU +9000
Boise State +12000
Georgetown +9000
Miami (FL) +20000
NC State +12000
Utah U +10000
Butler +13000
Cincinnati +15000
Davidson +15000
Providence +12000
South Carolina +20000
Utah State +10000
Belmont +10000
Georgia +20000
Iowa State +20000
Nebraska +20000
Nevada +15000
Penn State +15000
Pittsburgh  +15000
St Mary's CA +20000
TCU +20000
Temple +20000
Wake Forest +20000
Kansas State +20000
Northern Iowa +25000
California +30000
Rhode Island +30000
Vanderbilt +30000
Washington +30000
Boston College +50000
DePaul  +50000

What happened last season?

As a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the start of last season (2020-2021) was delayed with many early season games were played on a neutral court, with the location of some multi-team events (MTEs) having been adjusted.

In the championship game Baylor Bears won their first ever title by defeating the previously unbeaten Gonzaga Bulldogs 86–70.


NCAA Basketball Championship Playoffs – How it works

Of these teams, 68 go forward to the NCAA Basketball Championship playoffs. Those 68 teams are made up of 32 that win each of the 32 conference championships who earn automatic qualification for the playoff during March and April (more commonly known as March Madness).

Another 36 teams are granted tournament slots based on receiving an at-large bid from a 10-person committee. These berths are determined by record, ranking, strength of schedule, the ratings percentage index (popularly known as NET – NCAA Evaluation Tool) and various other factors. The selection committee will also seed the entire field from 1 to 68.


First Four

The First Four are games between the four lowest-ranked at-large teams and the four lowest-ranked automatic-bid (conference-champion) teams.


First and Second Rounds

The NCAA Championship is a straight knockout tournament at this stage. The First Round of 64 sees the No. 1 seed play the No. 16 seed in all four regions (the No. 2 team plays the No. 15, etc).

There are 16 first-round games played on the Thursday following the “First Four” round. The remaining sixteen first-round games are played on the Friday. At this point the contestants are reduced to 32 teams.

The Second Round of 32 is played on the Saturday and Sunday immediately after the first round. The second round features the previous Thursday’s winners playing in eight games on the Saturday, followed by Friday’s winners playing in the remaining eight second-round games on the Sunday.


Regional Semifinals and Finals

Once the first weekend’s games have been completed, 16 teams remain (commonly known as the “Sweet Sixteen”).

The teams advance to the regional semifinals (the ‘Sweet Sixteen’) and finals (the ‘Elite Eight’), which are played during the second weekend of the tournament (the games are again split into Thursday/Saturday and Friday/Sunday).

Four regional semi-final games are played Thursday and four are played Friday. After Friday’s games, eight teams (the Elite Eight) remain.

Saturday features two regional final games with Thursday’s winning teams and Sunday’s two final games feature Friday’s winners.

After the second weekend of the tournament, the four regional champions are the “Final Four.”


National Semifinals and Championship

The winners of each region advance to the Final Four, where the national semifinals are played on Saturday and the national championship is played on Monday.

The term ‘Final Four’ refers to the last four teams remaining in the playoff tournament. These are the champions of the tournament’s four regional brackets, and are the only teams remaining on the tournament’s final weekend.

Which regional champion will play which, and in which semifinal they play, is determined by the overall rankings of the four No. 1 seeds in the original bracket.

In 2021, the National semifinals and Championship are scheduled to be held on Saturday 03 and Monday 05 April at  the Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.


NCAA Championship Leading Contenders


Villanova Wildcats

Villanova won seven of its final eight games before last season was abandoned to finish 24-7 and are returning with everybody except leading scorer Saddiq Bey. However, All-America candidates Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl are still there and Jay Wright will be looking to become only the seventh coach in Division I men’s basketball history to win at least three national championships.

Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes have five starters returning from a season ago, including senior center/forward Luka Garza, who is the favorite to win the National Player of the Year award. Senior guard Jordan Bohannon also returns after being redshirted last season while undergoing surgery on his hip.

Illinois Fighting Illini

There’s quality throughout the Illinois roster, with Ayo Dosunmu being regarded as one of the best players in college basketball being backed up by the likes of Kofi Cockburn, Trent Frazier, Adam Miller and Giorgi Bezhanishvili.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga have brought in the highest-ranked recruit in school history in Jalen Suggs, who will be flanked by Corey Kispert (preseason All-American) and Joel Ayayi. Among the returning players are several who withdrew from the draft and coach Mark Few can also call upon a deep bench too.

Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky will be heavily reliant on young and talented freshmen (led by potential all-American BJ Boston), but they have the right coach in place to get the most out of them in John Calipari.


NCAA Championship Leading Players


Luke Garza (Iowa Hawkeyes)

Last season Garza was an All-American, a finalist in the Naismith Award, a finalist in the Wooden Award, first-team All-Big Ten and the Big Ten Player of the Year. He averaged 23 points, nine rebounds, and one assist, while shooting 54% from the field. Expect another big season.

Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State Cowboys)

Cunningham is a point guard who is widely projected to be the first overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft. Last season Cunningham averaged 13.9 points, 6.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game, leading Montverde to a 25–0 record with an average margin of victory of 39 points.

Keyontae Johnson (Florida Gators)

Johnson’s average went up from eight to 14 points from his freshman to his sophomore year, while his free throw percentage went up from 64 to 76% and his field goal percentage went from 47 to 54%. He shot 60% inside the arc and 38% from three-point range.

Marcus Zegarowski (Creighton Bluejays)

Zegarowski averaged 16 points, three rebounds, five assists, and shot 48% from the field last season. He shot 42% from behind the arc, shot 54% on two-pointers and had at least 20 points in seven games and dropped 30 points on two occasions.

Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois Fighting Illini)

Dosunmu averaged 16 points, four rebounds and three assists, while shooting 48% from the field for Illinois last season. He’s also recognized as a good passer, as indicated by his double-double against Purdue, where he scored 18 points and provided 11 assists.


NCAA Championship Winners (Losing finalists)

* The NCAA vacated Louisville’s entire tournament run, including its national title, due to multiple recruiting violations.


NCAA Championship – Which Teams have Won The Most Titles?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which teams have won the most National championships?

    UCLA — 11
    Kentucky — 8
    North Carolina — 6
    Duke — 5
    Indiana — 5
    UConn — 4
    Kansas — 3
    Villanova — 3
    Cincinnati — 2
    Florida — 2
    Louisville — 2
    Michigan State — 2
    NC State — 2
    Oklahoma State — 2
    San Francisco — 2

  • What are College Basketball Futures?

    A College Basketball Futures bet is simply a wager on a NCAA Basketball event that will happen at a later date.

    It’s possible to wager on a NCAA Basketball Futures market at anytime, but the sportsbooks will adjust the odds over the course of the season, particularly during March Madness, depending on results and other relevant news such as injuries to key players.

    In general, the earlier a bettor make a Futures wager will the bigger odds available, as they will change as the season progresses. However, these come with greater risk (the uncertainty of how events will unfold before the wager is settled).

    Once one NCAA Basketball Tournament ends, there will be Futures bets available on the next one.

  • When does the College Basketball season normally begin?

    The NCAA Division I men's basketball season begins around November time and culminates with March Madness which unsurprisingly begins in March and ends in early April.

  • What is the College Basketball season format?

    To qualify for March Madness, a NCAA Division I college basketball team must either win its conference tournament or receive an “at-large” bid from the NCAA tournament selection committee.

    March Madness is more correctly known as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and features 68 college teams.

    The season format then proceeds as follows:

    • First Four – the First Four are games between the four lowest-ranked at-large teams and the four lowest-ranked automatic-bid (conference-champion) teams.
    • First and Second Rounds – the NCAA Championship is a straight knockout tournament at this stage. The First Round of 64 sees the No. 1 seed play the No. 16 seed in all four regions (the No. 2 team plays the No. 15, etc).
    • Regional Semifinals and Finals - 16 teams remain (commonly known as the "Sweet Sixteen"). The teams advance to the regional semifinals (the Sweet Sixteen) and finals (the Elite Eight). The four regional champions are the "Final Four."
    • National Semifinals and Championship - The winners of each region advance to the Final Four. Which regional champion will play which, and in which semifinal they play, is determined by the overall rankings of the four No. 1 seeds in the original bracket. These are the champions of the tournament's four regional brackets, and are the only teams remaining on the tournament's final weekend.

  • Who are the current leading College Basketball players?

    Among the current leading College Basketball players are Luka Garza, Ayo Dosunmu, Cade Cunningham, Corey Kispert, Drew Timme, Jared Butler, Jalen Suggs, Cameron Krutwig, Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague.

  • Who are the favorites for NCAA Basketball Championship 2022?

    The current favorites for the NCAA Basketball Championship 2021 are the Gonzaga Bulldogs, followed by the Baylor Bears, Michigan Wolverines, Houston Cougars and Alabama Crimson Tide.

  • What’s the best betting advice & strategies for NCAA College Basketball Futures betting?

    Sportsbooks are always looking to attract new customers, so many of them use the incentive of sign-up bonuses in the form of free betting credits once you have made your first deposit. These are a great way to have a risk free wager on the NCAA College Basketball season.

    As with all sports, research is crucial when looking at NCAA College Basketball Futures betting. Look at coaches with a long history of success, teams that have retained players from previous seasons and colleges that have performed well in recent seasons.

    Player injuries, suspensions, coaching changes, the state of play in the tournament and any changes in schedule are all factors that should be taken into account when betting on NCAA Basketball.

  • What Futures bets are available on the NCAA College Basketball?

    The most popular Future bet to wager on is the overall winners of the NCAA Championship. Other markets to look at are the regional options – who will win the West Region, Midwest Region, South Region and East Region.

    Another wager that might appeal is to wager on the Most Outstanding Player.

    There are also a number of NCAA College Basketball Prop bets available, such as March Madness Seed Props, Conference Props and Player Props.

  • Who won the 2021 NCAA Basketball Championship?

    The 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament championship game took place at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on April 5, 2021, with the Baylor Bears earning their first ever title in defeating defeating the previously undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs 86–70.

  • When does the 2021-2022 NCAA basketball season start?

    The 2021–22 NCAA Division I men's basketball season is scheduled to begin on November 9, 2021. The regular season will end on March 6, 2022, with the 2022 NCAA Division I 'March Madness' Tournament beginning on March 17, 2022 and ending on April 4, 2022.