The 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers remain the last team to win a men's college basketball national championship without a loss as unbeaten Gonzaga was upset Monday night by fellow No. 1 seed Baylor 86-70 – and it really wasn't an upset as the Bears were clearly the better team from start to finish in winning their first national title. Two bettors at William Hill Sportsbook really cashed in on that upset, and oddsmakers list Gonzaga as the +700 favorite to win the 2022 national title with Baylor second at +850.
Depending on which state you wagered, Baylor closed at either +4.5 or +5 and either +170 or +180 on the moneyline Monday. The two biggest bets placed on the game at William Hill were on the Bears: An $82,500 wager came in on Baylor +5 (-110) for a payout of $157,500 and $50,000 was wagered on Baylor at +180 for a payout of $140,000.
Baylor to win by 16-20 points was a 20/1 long shot – one better turned $40 into $840 on that. The book was a loser on the spread overall as 60 percent of dollars were on Baylor as were 51 percent of tickets sold. On the moneyline, 65 percent of tickets sold and 63 percent of money were also on the Bears.
However, the book did better on the Over/Under total of 159 as 59 percent of tickets were on the Over and 51 percent of the money on the Under. One William Hill bettor wagered $110K on the Under and won $210K.
William Hill didn't waste any time putting out odds to win next season's title – although draft decisions, transfers, etc., are going to shuffle those number plenty by the start of the new season in November.
Gonzaga is the +700 favorite but will surely lose NBA lottery picks Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert as well as likely draft pick Joel Ayayi. Drew Timme, who was very quiet vs. Baylor, may or may not declare for the draft. Coach Mark Few is expected add two five-star prospects in Chet Holmgren and Hunter Sallis, with Holmgren the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2021.
Baylor coach Scott Drew is likely to lose four of his five starters but could have a core of Flo Thamba, Adam Flagler, Matthew Mayer and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua as well as two five-star recruits.
CBS Sports' Gary Parrish lists UCLA as his 2021-22 preseason No. 1 team, and the Bruins are +1600 to win the 2022 national title – the Final Four next year is in New Orleans. UCLA could be the AP preseason No. 1 as well if star Johnny Juzang returns to school, but he had such a good NCAA Tournament that he could go pro and that would knock the Bruins down a few notches.
William Hill 2022 NCAA title favorites
- Gonzaga +700
- Baylor +850
- Michigan +1200
- Duke +1500
- UCLA +1600
- Kentucky +1800
- Florida State +1800
- Kansas +1800
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