College Basketball Futures Draft: National Title, Final Four, MOP

Written By Eli Hershkovich on March 22, 2022
National Championship Odds

With the Sweet 16 tipping off in two days, I was joined by three other college basketball bettors for this March Madness futures snake draft. Below, we discuss our favorite prices left on the board, including national championship odds, Final Four and Most Outstanding Player (MOP) in the NCAA tournament.

Click on the odds below to place a bet, and continue the discussion in our Discord betting chat, as we dive into all of the games in the big dance. You can reference my pre-tournament power rankings here.

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National Championship Odds, March Madness Futures Snake Draft

Jordan had the first pick in odd-numbered rounds, with Eli selecting first in even-numbered rounds. The best available odds for each of these selections is linked below. For individual games, you can price shop with our value finder.

Futures DraftJordan MajewskiDan Lifshatz David StallEli Hershkovich
Round 1UCLA F4Providence F4Iowa State F4Gonzaga
Round 2VillanovaPurdue F4Gonzaga F4Miami F4
Round 3Texas TechVillanova F4HoustonPurdue
Round 4Remy Martin MOPConnor Gillespie MOPAndrew Nembhard MOPTrevion Williams MOP

Round 1

1.01: UCLA Final Four ()

Jordan Majewski: The Bruins possess a lock down, low-post defense in a region that requires it. Their offense thrives where modern defenses are giving up points — mid-range and isolation.

1.02: Providence Final Four ()

Dan Lifshatz: Providence is a team that that seemingly finds a way to win close games over and over again. I never thought that I would write this, but think Ed Cooley’s squad can beat Kansas. It has the easiest path to the Final Four if it does. Friars baby.

1.03: Iowa State Final Four ()

David Stall: The Cyclones present a high-floor with the defense being elite enough to absorb some scoring lapses that the offense may run into. They’re a hard-nose team that makes you fight for everything. I’m not trying to run the Big 12 narrative into the ground, but they’ve been through and seen it all. They won’t be rattled or intimidated.

1.04: Gonzaga ()

Eli Hershkovich: As I dissected in my latest power ratings, I wasn’t sure the Bulldogs had a scorer who could drag them out of a deficit. Drew Timme proved otherwise against Memphis. I’m still a little worried about Mark Few’s squad when it faces frontcourt athleticism, but it’s the most well-rounded bunch remaining at both ends.

Round 2

2.01: Miami Final Four ()

Eli Hershkovich: Not only does the Hurricanes’ pressure defense match up well against the turnover-prone Cyclones in the Sweet 16, but their five-out, floor-spacing lineup would give the Jayhawks fits as well.

2.02: Gonzaga Final Four ()

David Stall: I’m sure the Memphis game scared some away, but I actually came away feeling even better about the Bulldogs. To see them man up and fight against a team full of five-star players was pretty impressive. Andrew Nembhard’s confidence has grown a ton since November. Gonzaga’s offense is basically unstoppable if he’s playing well.

2.03: Purdue Final Four ()

Dan Lifshatz: The Boilermakers have the easiest path to the Elite Eight. Then, they just have to beat UCLA or UNC. They’re playing at an extremely high level right now, especially offensively. I’ll take the easy route.

2.04: Villanova ()

Jordan Majewski: The Wildcats are experienced and don’t beat themselves. They showcase an elite pick-and-roll offense while always finding the mismatch Making free throws at the best clip ever (82.6%) certainly helps.

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Round 3

3.01: Texas Tech ()

Jordan Majewski: Obviously getting past Duke and Gonzaga is a problem, but Mark Adams’ defense makes you adjust your entire offense. The Red Raiders’ offense just needs to be able to find some success with mismatches that they create on the ball.

3.02: Villanova Final Four ()

Dan Lifshatz: I’m not a Big East fan, but I agree with a lot of what Jordan said. Experience probably gets them to an Elite 8 matchup against Houston, which had to take down an Arizona team that barely outlast TCU. Experience and ability to close games at the free-throw line gives me some perceived value here.

3.03: Houston ()

David Stall: The Cougars probably have the highest floor among the national championship odds. They can shoot like hell and still stay in games with elite defense and elite offensive rebounding. If the offense shows up, they’re nearly unbeatable. They’re a team full of big, strong, grown men who punch you in the mouth for 40 minutes.

3.04: Purdue ()

Eli Hershkovich: Can the Boilermakers’ defense still blow up? Sure. Nevertheless, none of the East Region’s remaining teams deliver a stretch-five who can pull Zach Edey or Trevion Williams out to the perimeter. Matt Painter appears to have refined his ball-screen coverage, too. Couple those factors with an explosive offense, and Purdue surprisingly stands a chance among the contenders.

Round 4

4.01: Trevion Williams (+7000)

Eli Hershkovich: I’ll correlate my most recent pick with a value play in the MOP betting market. Soon-to-be lottery pick Jaden Ivey would be the sexy choice to win the award if Purdue cuts down the nets. Still, Trevion Williams is playing with a chip on his shoulder after an up-and-down senior campaign.

The 6-foot-10 big has oozed of Wooden Award potential throughout his career, and he displayed it in the second-round win over Texas. Painter’s attack runs through the post, and Williams’ playmaking prowess would play a massive role if the Boilermakers win their first true championship in program history.

4.02: Andrew Nembhard (+1600)

David Stall: Timme and Chet Holmgren get all the attention, but, as so often becomes the case deep in the tournament, the guards move front and center. The ball is in his hands a ton and when he’s confident, as he is now, the Bulldogs’ offense is basically a cheat code.

4.03: Collin Gillespie (+2100)

Dan Lifshatz: If the Wildcats get to the championship game, it’ll be on Gillespie’s back. He continuously shows up in big moments, has already won a title and know what it takes. I’ll take the price, especially with the comeback narrative after tearing his MCL late last season.

4.04: Remy Martin (+4500)

Jordan Majewski: I’ll diversify my portfolio with something from every region. The price wasn’t as great as I thought it would be, but if he’s going to continue to dominate the ball and increase his minutes, I’ll take that in Bill Self’s offense.

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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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