The 2021 NCAA Tournament delivered a thrilling couple of weeks and eventually saw the Baylor Bears cut down the nets in Indianapolis after beating the previously undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs in the national championship game.
With the season now behind us, it's never too early to start looking ahead to next season for college hoops fans, and FanDuel Sportsbook is helping with that by providing the opening odds to win the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
Taking a look at the list, you will notice a bunch of familiar names from this season. The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Michigan Wolverines lead the way, tied for the best odds at +900. And Baylor is right behind them at +1200.
Both Gonzaga and Baylor will be losing multiple players to the NBA Draft, but both have solid recruiting classes coming in next year.
Another interesting note is to see the return of the blue blood programs Duke (+1500) and Kentucky (+1500) to the top of the odds. Both teams were famously absent from this year's tournament. Both schools have top recruiting classes coming in next year, however, with multiple players in the top-30 high school player rankings so far.
Predicting who will win the NCAA Championship at the start of the tournament is difficult enough, so doing it 11 months in advance becomes all the more tricky, but it's great to see who the early favorites are and why.
If you're into betting on the college basketball, then the madness can start long before March 2022.
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