2022 College Basketball Futures: Odds And Four Storylines To Follow

Posted By Stephen Andress on April 6, 2021

One day after Baylor spoiled Gonzaga’s perfect season to win the 2021 men’s basketball national championship, DraftKings Sportsbook and BetMGM have already opened college basketball futures for who will win it all in 2022.

Unlike the four major professional sports futures where the favorites are all +500 or shorter, those at the top of the board in college basketball present more value.

The unpredictability of the playoff format, with March Madness as a single-elimination tournament, certainly contributes to this. So too does the uncertainty at market open of whether some players will enter the NBA Draft or return for another college season.

Let’s take a closer look some of the big storylines heading into next season.

Bet $1 Get $200 + Up to $1,050 Bonus
1
UP TO $1,050 FREE
New User Bonus. T&Cs Apply.
National Football Special
Bet $1, Get $200 Instantly
$50 Free Bet on Deposit
Up to $1,000 Deposit Bonus
To Claim: Click Play Now

Gonzaga still the betting favorite

The Bulldogs again open as favorites to cut down the nets in 2022, this time at +900. Head coach Mark Few is still looking for that elusive first national championship after coming one win shy of the first undefeated season since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. Gonzaga has now finished runner-up twice since 2017.

The Zags will surely lose guard and likely top-five pick Jalen Suggs to the NBA. Senior Corey Kispert is also headed to the next level. Joel Ayayi has a decision to make with one year of eligibility left. He’s projected to be a borderline first-round pick.

National player of the year candidate Drew Timme could return for his junior season. He is projected to be a second-round pick. He would be joined by a strong recruiting class, headlined by Hunter Sallis. Sallis is just the second five-star commit in program history, joining Suggs.

UCLA sheds Cinderella status

No program has more national championships than UCLA’s 11, but the Bruins wore the glass slipper in 2021. Mick Cronin’s bunch went from the First Four to the Final Four as the fifth 11-seed to reach the national semifinals.

In 2022, they return to blue blood status, as the second choice to hoist the trophy at +1000.

That number is backed by the strong possibility UCLA returns its entire starting lineup. No player from the Final Four run is a senior, and none are projected first-round picks in most NBA mock drafts.

UCLA will also add five-star small forward Peyton Watson and four-star shooting guard Will McClendon.

Return of the blue bloods?

It’s not just UCLA that could make some noise in 2022 from the ranks of traditional college basketball powers. Duke, Kentucky and Louisville all missed the big dance in 2021 but each opens at +2000 to cut down the nets. That’s just outside the top 10 on the board.

Duke will reload with incoming freshmen. Mike Krzyzewski has two five-star prospects signed and another has committed. Power forward Paolo Banchero and small forward AJ Griffin are both top-10 overall recruits. Shooting guard Trevor Keels is also expected to join.

Kentucky also has a top-five recruiting class set to help John Calipari get back on track. Five-star power forward Daimion Collins has signed along with two other four stars. Calipari has also dipped into the transfer portal. Davidson point guard Kellan Grady will be immediately eligible in Lexington.

Louisville has the third-ranked recruiting class in the ACC and top 20 overall. The Cardinals only have one meaningful senior departing, Carlik Jones.

An interesting mid-major in college basketball futures

St. Bonaventure features a rotation of seven players, six of which will be seniors next season. When you’re looking for a mid-major longshot, you can do a lot worse than one with a ton of chemistry.

The Bonnies opened at +5000 and finished last season as a top-35 team in KenPom. This Atlantic 10 contender exited in the first round in 2021 to 8-seed LSU. St. Bonaventure was top 60 in adjusted offensive efficiency and offensive rebounding percentage. On defense, the Bonnies were even better, ranking top-20 in adjusted defensive efficiency.

2022 college basketball futures

Championship Winner

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Gonzaga
Bet now
+900
Bet now
+600
Michigan
Bet now
+1200
Bet now
+800
Ohio State
Bet now
+1400
Bet now
+1600
Villanova
Bet now
+1400
Bet now
+1600
Houston
Bet now
+1500
Bet now
+3500
Illinois
Bet now
+1500
Bet now
+2000
Baylor
Bet now
+1700
Bet now
+1200
UCLA
Bet now
+1700
Bet now
+1600
Kansas
Bet now
+1800
Bet now
+2000
Duke
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+1200
Florida State
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+1200
Kentucky
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+2500
Louisville
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+2500
Texas Tech
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+3000
Virginia
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+5000
Virginia Tech
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+2000
West Virginia
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+3500
Michigan State
Bet now
+2500
Bet now
+2000
Oklahoma
Bet now
+2500
Bet now
+3500
Purdue
Bet now
+2500
Bet now
+2000
USC
Bet now
+2500
Bet now
+3000
Wisconsin
Bet now
+2500
Bet now
+4000
Arkansas
Bet now
+3000
Bet now
+3500
Creighton
Bet now
+3000
Bet now
+3500
Oregon
Bet now
+3000
Bet now
+3000
Stephen Andress Avatar
Written by
Stephen Andress

View all posts by Stephen Andress