2022 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Betting Tips
Praise the Peacocks! The Jersey Boys from St. Peter's are still dancing into the Elite Eight after another David vs Goliath performance against Purdue. No. 15 seed St. Peter's is the first 13 seed or higher to ever reach the Elite Eight.
And 13 Final Four's is what Duke coach K can achieve with an Elite Eight victory Saturday over Arkansas. Mike Krzyzewski would break a tie with UCLA legend John Wooden for the most Final Fours by a head coach in NCAA history.
Here are the odds and match-ups for the Elite Eight contests with betting information courtesy of BetOnline.
Saturday, March 26
#2 Villanova vs #5 Houston - 6:10 p.m. ET on TBS
Line: Houston -3 Total 127
#2 Duke vs #4 Arkansas - 8:50 p.m. ET on TBS
Line: Duke -4 Total 147
Sunday, March 27
#1 Kansas vs #10 Miami - 2:10 p.m. ET on CBS
Line: Kansas -6 Total 147
#8 North Carolina vs #15 St. Peter's - 5:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Line: North Carolina -8.5 Total 137
As you watch the Elite Eight games Saturday, know that Villanova is a NCAA Tournament-best 19-3 SU and 18-4 ATS since their 2016 title run.
Houston confidently took out No. 1 seed Arizona in the Sweet 16. Since 2019, Houston has won nine NCAA Tournament games, second only to Gonzaga with 10. The Cougars have won and covered all six AAC and NCAA Tournament games, and are on a 12-1 SU and 11-2 ATS roll heading into the Elite Eight.
Teams that beat a No. 1 seed in the Sweet 16 like Houston and Arkansas are 17-11 SU in their next game. Trend bettors beware backing Duke and Villanova, as No. 2 seeds are just 1-8 SU and 0-9 ATS in their last nine regional semifinal games against teams seeded lower.
Since Bill Self took over the program in 2003, Kansas is a 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS as a favorite in the Elite 8. Miami has excelled as an underdog this season, boasting marks of 10-4 SU and 12-2 ATS including a pair of outright underdog wins in this year's NCAA Tournament.
The St. Peter's Peacocks could become the first team seeded 12th or lower to make the Final Four. The Jersey City upstarts have won and covered 10 straight games, while North Carolina is also hot going 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 contests.
North Carolina owns a record 20 Final Four appearances while Kansas has 15, the fifth-most in NCAA history. Miami and Saint Peter’s are both making their Elite 8 debuts. Four of the last six teams that played in their initial Elite 8 contest emerged victorious, including Kansas under coach Bill Self if 2011. Also, Miami coach Jim Larranaga took No. 11 seed George Mason to the Final Four in 2006.
Starting with the George Mason upset of UCONN in the 2006 Elite 8, double-digit seeds are 5-4 straight up and 8-1 ATS in the Elite 8.
If Kansas loses to Miami, the Final Four will be without a No. 1 seed for just the third time since the field was expanded in 1985, joining the 2006 and 2011 tournaments.
Following small spread bets in the Sweet Sixteen on winners Arkansas and Providence, and losers Arizona and UCLA, I'll chip-in a few opinions in the Elite Eight.
Houston -2.5 or -3
NCAA Tournament teams in the Elite Eight who upset a No. 1 seed as an underdog in the Sweet Sixteen are 14-0 ATS since 1996, according to Playbook Sports.
BetOnline is offering bettors a boost and incentive to bet on Duke and Villanova with a March Madness odds booster parlay on both Duke and Villanova to win, from +257 to +300.
Adjusted Odds to Win the 2022 NCAA Tournament
Odds from BetOnline and Sportsbetting.ag
|Kansas +300||Villanova +700|
|Houston +325||Arkansas +1000|
|Duke +375||Miami +2000|
|North Carolina +550||St. Peter's +2200|
Be sure to check back Sunday for more Elite Eight trends, updates and information you can bet on from the leading online sportsbooks.
Duke and Villanova advanced to the Final Four, and the adjusted odds to win the national title are Duke (+140), Villanova (+375) with Kansas (+220), with North Carolina (+600), Miami (+1800) and St. Peter's (+_2500) next.
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