March Madness: 3 Dark Horse Picks to Win the 2022 NCAA Tournament From FanDuel Sportsbook
The 2021 NCAA Tournament is generating even more interest this year, and FanDuel Sportsbook has you covered with odds to win the NCAA Tournament. The No. 1 seeds are taking the most bets with Gonzaga, Arizona, and Kansas generating the most interest and No. 2 Kentucky a popular bet to come out of the East Region ahead of top seed Baylor.
Also, odds to make the Final Four are popular bets. Looking down the odds board for capable longshots to make a run at the national title offers a bigger payoff and reward.
With that in mind, here are three darkhorse teams that could make a run to the Final Four and potentially win the NCAA Tournament.
1. Tennessee (+2500) - No. 3 Seed South Region
Three weeks prior to Selection Sunday, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee revealed who their top-16 seeds would be if March Madness was about to begin. Tennessee is No. 3 as projected, but their odds to win the national title were +5000 then and now +2500. A look at the March Madness bracket and you'll see the Volunteers have a pretty favorable draw of matchups leading up to the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight. Tennessee had 11 Quad 1 wins this season – second most in the country after taking out Kentucky and Texas A&M on their way to winning the SEC Tournament. Tennessee has one of the elite defensive profiles in the country ranking No. 3 in Kenpom's defensive efficiency ratings.
2. Alabama (+15000) - No. 6 Seed West Region
Alabama played one of the toughest schedules in the country, and the Crimson Tide registered eight Quad 1 wins. They also lost five times by 4 points or less to other Quad 1 opponents. Alabama beat the No. 1 seed in the West Gonzaga and also No. 1 East seed Baylor along with beating strong challengers Houston, Tennessee, LSU and Arkansas. Alabama lost a thrilling Sweet Sixteen OT game to UCLA in last year’s Big Dance, and coach Nate Oats and his team could prove to be a dangerous dark horse with Final Four odds of +2500.
3. Miami Hurricanes (+25000) - No. 10 Seed Midwest Region
Many feel Auburn is vulnerable as the 2 seed, and after Miami takes out USC with their superior spacing and attacking, they'll take care of the basketball and give Auburn a big test with their top-20 efficient offense. The Hurricanes are so well coached, and won on the road at Duke despite poor 3-point shooting. Miami has reached the Sweet Sixteen twice under coach Jim Larranaga, and the Hurricanes are +3200 to reach the Final Four.