March Madness continues into the Elite Eight, and the surprises continue in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The eight remaining teams have a combined seed total of 47, blowing away the previous Elite Eight high of 40 in both 1990 and 2000.
Caesars Sportsbook adds that this is just the second group of regional final games since seeding started in 1979 that three teams seeded No. 8 or lower have reached the Elite Eight, matching the 2018 tournament.
The Cinderella still at the dance is No. 15 St. Peter’s. The Jersey City surprise is the first 13 seed or higher to ever reach the Elite Eight.
Only four of the top 16 seeds remain in the NCAA Tournament following an exciting round in the Sweet Sixteen. Next stop is the Final Four at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.
Saturday’s Elite Eight
Every team playing Saturday, March 26 has been to the Final Four on multiple occasions. Duke owns 16 Final Four appearances, ranking fourth all-time, while Arkansas, Houston and Villanova have all advanced that far six times each. All but the Cougars have emerged with a championship.
Houston is shooting for back-to-back Final Four’s after reaching college basketball’s pinnacle event last year. Villanova is seeking its third Final Four trip in the last six tournaments. Arkansas and third-year Razorback’s coach Eric Musselman is seeking a Final Four and shooting for it’s second national title. Arkansas beat Duke and coach K in the 1994 championship game.
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 5 Houston (-2.5)
No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 2 Duke (-4)
- The Houston Cougars have secured 62% of the tickets on spread bets while the Wildcats have attracted 60% of the dollars wagered at Caesars Sportsbook.
- Caesars Sportsbook bettors have placed 58% of their tickets on the Over, while 60% of the dollars wagered are on the Under 127 points.
- Arkansas is drawing most of the spread action – 55% of the tickets and 67% of the dollars wagered against Duke, who is 12-4 SU and 9-7 ATS in regional finals under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
- The over/under of 147.5 points for the Arkansas vs Duke game has left Caesars Sportsbook bettors divided, with the Under getting 68% of the tickets and the Over drawing 82% of the dollars wagered.
- The Razorbacks are 24-1 when holding the opposition under 75 points, which they did in beating high-scoring Gonzaga, 74-68. Duke is 24-2 when they score at least 75 points.
Caesars sportsbook odds and ends also shows that since Villanova’s 2016 title run, the Wildcats are an NCAA-best 19-3 SU the tournament, while their 18-4 ATS mark is second-best among all teams that have played seven or more games over that span.
Since 2019, Houston has won nine NCAA Tournament games, second only to Gonzaga with 10. The Cougars are on a serious roll, going 12-1 SU and 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games, winning and covering all six AAC and NCAA Tournament contests.
Sunday’s Elite Eight
No. 10 Miami vs No. 1 Kansas (-6)
No. 15 St. Peter’s vs. No. 8 North Carolina (-8.5)
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Wins by Duke and North Carolina will set up a Final Four match-up between the ACC rivals. A victory by the Blue Devils will also return Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to the Final Four a record 13th time – breaking a tie with UCLA legend John Wooden for the most Final Fours by a head coach in NCAA history.
NCAA Tournament Adjusted Odds
Entering the 2022 NCAA Tournament, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Michigan, Texas and UCLA were the most popular futures bets to win March Madness at Caesars Sportsbook. The house is winning and holding a big edge with only Kansas remaining as a fairly popular bet with the Jayhawks attracting 7% of the bets and 7% of the money to win the NCAA Tournament prior to the start of March Madness.
Now the odds have been adjusted into the Elite Eight, and Kansas is the favorite to cut down the nets and win the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.
- Kansas +275
- Houston +350
- Duke +400
- Villanova +600
- North Carolina +600
- Arkansas +1000
- Miami +2500
- St. Peter’s +3000
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