Gonzaga is coming off a loss in the national title game, but it has opened as a consensus favorite to win the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs are priced anywhere from 7/1 to 9/1, but they are the ‘chalk’ at every sportsbook. They were the favorites heading into last season and were the top-ranked team in the country for the duration.
Mark Few’s squad is expected to lose Jalen Suggs and Joel Ayayi to the NBA Draft, but it could have Drew Timme and Andrew Nembhard back to go along with a pair of five-star prospects in Chet Holmgren and Hunter Sallis. Holmgren is the top-ranked player in the class.
DraftKings has UCLA listed at 10/1, giving the Bruins the second-shortest odds to win the title. UCLA barely snuck into the tournament, erasing a double-digit deficit against Michigan State in the First Four. The Bruins got hot at the right time, eventually losing to Gonzaga in one of the greatest Final Four games ever.
There are tons of question marks in the sport this offseason, as more players are in the transfer portal than ever before. UCLA has a chance to get all of its key players back, but guard Johnny Juzang could decide to go to the NBA.
The Bruins are also adding five-star freshman Peyton Watson, so they are a clear choice to be near the top of the betting market.
Michigan enters the offseason at 12/1 to win the 2022 title. The Wolverines made a run to the Elite Eight before losing to the red-hot Bruins. Big man Hunter Dickinson could return for his sophomore year, in which case he would likely be the preseason favorite for Big Ten Player of the Year.
Juwan Howard is also bringing in the top recruiting class in the country. He will likely lose Franz Wagner, who is expected to go to the NBA as a first-round draft pick.
DraftKings has Ohio State and Villanova both priced at 14/1. The Buckeyes are expected to get their top three scorers back after earning a No. 2-seed in the tournament. Villanova could get veteran guard Collin Gillispie for another season if he chooses to use the free extra year of eligibility.
Houston and Illinois round out the top seven teams at DraftKings, with both teams entering the offseason at 15/1. Kelvin Sampson is expected to lose leading scorer Quentin Grimes, but the Cougars will still be massive favorites to win the American.
Illinois is likely over-priced in the market, as Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn are expected to head to the NBA. The Fighting Illini will lose their top three scorers if that is the case, so Brad Underwood will have his work cut out for him in the Big Ten.