2022 NCAA National Championship Betting Odds & Prediction
The 2022 Men’s National Championship matchup is set: North Carolina against Kansas for all the marbles. The game tips off tonight at approximately 9:20 PM EST at the Caesars Super Dome in New Orleans Louisiana. With online sports betting finally Live in Ontario, it's time to jump into the betting fray. Let's preview the game and decipher the best bets.
National Championship Odds
No. 8 North Carolina Betting Odds
|BetMGM||+4.5 ( -115)||+155||152.5 (-110)|
|Caesars||+4 (-110)||+170||152 (-110)|
|DraftKings||+4 (-110)||+155||152 (-110)|
No. 1 Kansas Betting Odds
|BetMGM||-4.5 (-105)||-189||152.5 (-110)|
|Caesars||-4 (-110)||-200||152 (-110)|
|DraftKings||-4 (-110)||-180||152 (-110)|
How Did They Get Here?
No. 8 North Carolina: 82.2 Points/Game & 68.2 Points Allowed/Game
North Carolina's path to New Orleans saw them roll Marquette in round one. Then they dominated defending champions Baylor in the first half only to have to hang on late in overtime. They then beat UCLA in a back-and-forth Sweet 16 game and followed that up by ending the Peacocks' cinderella run during the Elite 8. Their most impressive win was their Final Four victory over Duke in possibly the most anticipated game of our generation. Caleb Love has been “the closer” late in games. Brady Manek has been a machine from deep, and Armando Bacot has become Mr. Clean on the glass.
No. 1 Kansas: 77 Points/Game & 60.8 Points Allowed/Game
Kansas was the lone No. 1 seed to get past the Sweet 16, and they did so in a convincing fashion. The Jayhawks held off a feisty Creighton team in the Round of 32. Outmuscled a physical Providence squad in the Sweet 16, and blew past Miami in the Elite 8. They led wire-to-wire against undermanned Villanova and exacted revenge for 2018. Kansas has seen Remy Martin return to form and Ochai Agbaji has looked like his All-American self the last two games.
National Championship Prediction
The pressure is surely on Kansas as the only No. 1 seed to reach New Orleans. While North Carolina has been playing with house money after entering the tourney as a No. 8 seed. The Tar Heels play a very short bench with a rotation of just six players while Kansas routinely goes seven, maybe eight deep. This might be a major factor as UNC big man and double-double machine Armando Bacot rolled his ankle against Duke, and will likely be less than 100%. His injury couldn't have come at a worse time. Kansas center David McCormack is coming off a huge 25-point, nine-rebound performance against Villanova, and the Jayhawks are a really good rebounding team. Both teams are playing equally well. It’s really anyone's guess who’ll be cutting down the nets Monday night. That said, Bacot's health is a major concern for me, and Kansas has the pieces, along with the depth to exploit it. I'm a bit surprised myself, but I have to stand by my pre-tournament selection and go with Kansas to beat North Carolina: 79-74.
Pick: Kansas -4.5 (BetMGM)
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