- Villanova has +2500 odds to win the 2022 National Championship.
- Villanova has the sixth-best odds to make it to the Final Four.
- Through 14 games Villanova has had the sixth toughest schedule in the entire country, with losses to three teams ranked in the top 10.
PHILADELPHIA - Despite winning two National Championships since 2016, the Villanova Wildcats may not be getting the respect that they deserve from oddsmakers. With a 10-4 record, the Wildcats are tied for the tenth shortest odds to win the 2022 National Championship at +2500.
Since 2011, no coach has as many titles as Jay Wright, making this one of the most valuable bets in college basketball.
This Villanova team is led by their backcourt tandem of Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore. Both of them average more than 15 points per game this season, despite playing one of the toughest schedules in the country so far.
Gillespie himself has +3300 odds to win the Wooden Award at college basketball gambling sites.
Conflicting Odds Not Matching Up
With the six shortest odds to get to the Final Four (+400), there are conflicting odds about how good Villanova is, proving that there is value to bet on Villanova to win the title.
Villanova is one of four ranked teams in the Big East yet remains the outright favorite to win the conference (-120 odds).
Battling A Brutal Schedule
Villanova has started the season with the sixth-toughest strength of schedule in the country according to KenPom.
Even still, KenPom still has Villanova ranked as the sixth-best team in the nation.
Studying Villanova's schedule makes it clear why they rate so well this season, in spite of losing 4 games already.
Villanova's Four Losses
|Date||Team Rank||Team||Score||Location||Online Poker|
|9/12||2||UCLA||87-77||At UCLA||Game went to overtime|
|9/21||6||Purdue||80-74||Neutral site||2nd night of back to back|
|12/12||2||Baylor||57-36||At Baylor||Worst-shooting game under Wright|
|12/17||NA||Creighton||79-59||At Creighton||Beat them afterward by 14|
It is not as if Villanova has lost all of their difficult games either. They have gone three and three against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally.
With four more games against ranked opponents, Villanova will have plenty of chances to shorten their odds to win the National Championship. Now may be the time to buy low on Villanova, before the online gambling sites adjust.