- From the past 20 years, nine of the last 19 championships have been from the South Region.
- The Arizona Wildcats have the second-best odds to win the title with +600.
TUCSON, Ariz. – The South Region has been given the longest odds to win the 2022 NCAA tournament despite the teams in the South Region heating up.
Arizona is on a six-game winning streak, Villanova has a five-game winning streak, and Tennessee has a seven-game winning streak. Also, these three teams all won their conference championship game.
Region Odds To Win The Tournament 2022
- South Region +375
- West Region +245
- Midwest Region +175
- East Region +245
Betting on the South Region at legal sportsbooks offers leniency with five legitimate teams that could win the tournament.
South Region Teams Odds
- Arizona +600
- Villanova +1500
- Tennessee +1600
- Houston +2800
- Illinois +5000
The Villanova Wildcats won the NCAA tournament in 2018 and 2016 and are entering the 2022 tournament as a two seed. They have been one of the hotter teams in the South and have won nine of their last 10 games.
They have -1600 odds for their first-round matchup with Delaware on Thursday.
The Arizona Wildcats won the Pac 12 tournament by overcoming a 12-point lead by UCLA and are entering the NCAA tournament with a number one seed. Since 1987, 20 teams with a one seed have won the tournament.
Arizona had to wait to find out their first opponent, but are favored by 21.5 over the Wright State Raiders.
A team in the South Region has won the NCAA tournament nine times out of the last 19 tournaments or 47%.
Teams To Win From The South Region Since 2010
- 2010: Duke
- 2012: Kentucky
- 2015: Duke
- 2017: North Carolina
- 2019: Virginia
- 2021: Baylor
The only team with better odds to win the NCAA tournament than Arizona is the Gonzaga Bulldogs, with +300 odds.
To make matter worse, famous sports bettor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale put down $1 million on the East Region to win the tournament.
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