clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

How the public is betting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament title winner heading into Sweet 16

Gonzaga is the public’s championship favorite. Which other teams are among the top 10?

Arkansas Razorbacks forward Jaylin Williams celebrates during the second half against the New Mexico State Aggies during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve reached the Sweet 16 of the 2022 NCAA Tournament and we have splits for where the public is leaning as far as winning the national championship.

As expected, the public is heavy on No. 1 Gonzaga to win it all with 17% of the money and 11% of the total bets going towards the Bulldogs to cut down the nets in New Orleans. They’re followed by No. 1 Arizona, No. 2 Duke, and No. 1 Kansas to round out the top-four favorites. The general public seems to have more faith in Coach K bookending his retirement tour with a natty than Ochai Agbaji and the Jayhawks hoisting the trophy.

Here is a list of the betting public’s wagers of the 16 teams remaining to play for the national championship, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament national title splits, March 23

  1. Gonzaga +220: 17% of action, 11% of bets
  2. Arizona +550: 15% of action, 10% of bets
  3. Duke +1600: 8% of action, 8% of bets
  4. Kansas +425: 6% of action, 5% of bets
  5. Purdue +900: 6% of action, 6% of bets
  6. UCLA +1400: 4% of action, 4% of bets
  7. Villanova +1400: 3% of action, 3% of bets
  8. Michigan +6000: 2% of action, 4% of bets
  9. Texas Tech +1300: 2% of action, 3% of bets
  10. Houston +900: 2% of action, 2% of bets
  11. North Carolina +2800: 1% of action, 2% of bets
  12. Arkansas +6000: 1% of action, 2% of bets
  13. Saint Peters +25000: 1% of action, 2% of bets
  14. Providence +7000: 1% of action, 1% of bets
  15. Miami FL +80000: 0% of action, 1% of bets
  16. Iowa State +10000: 0% of action, 1% of bets

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See for full terms and conditions.