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2022 March Madness Predictions: Expert Projects Sweet 16 Teams’ Chances To Make Final Four, Win Championship

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March Madness rolls on with the Sweet 16 round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, which tips off Thursday. With only four possible games remaining for each, what are each team’s chances of advancing to the Final Four? And what about their chances of winning the national championship?

Based on the model from Director of Predictive Analytics Sean Koerner — whose brackets for the last two tournaments finished in the 99th and 95th percentiles on ESPN — the programs with the best chance to advance to the semifinals in New Orleans are unsurprisingly a pair of No. 1 seeds: Gonzaga (58.3%) and Kansas (15.1%).

The Zags’ projected chances of winning the national championship (29.2%) are almost double those of the Jayhawks (15.1%), though.

Purdue (48.2%) has the third-best projected chance to reach the Final Four over Arizona (40.5%), thanks to the teams’ respective Sweet 16 draws: Purdue faces the Cinderella of this year’s tournament in No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s, while Arizona takes on Houston. The Wildcats have the better chances of winning the title, though, with a 14.7% projection compared to the Boilermakers’ 9.0% projection.

Below you’ll find our expert’s full projections for each surviving team, followed by comparisons of his Final Four and championship projections to odds at FanDuel as the Sweet 16 tips off.


March Madness Predictions

Below we’ve broken out our expert’s projected chances for each Sweet 16 team to advance to the Final Four and win the national championship.

Team Elite Eight Final Four Champion
Gonzaga 80.6% 58.3% 29.2%
Kansas 73.8% 57.0% 15.1%
Arizona 60.7% 40.5% 14.7%
Purdue 84.1% 48.2% 9.0%
Villanova 62.5% 26.1% 6.1%
Houston 39.3% 22.2% 5.6%
UCLA 59.0% 30.7% 4.9%
Texas Tech 50.0% 17.1% 4.1%
Duke 50.0% 17.1% 4.1%
UNC 41.0% 17.8% 1.8%
Michigan 37.5% 11.3% 1.5%
Providence 26.2% 14.3% 1.1%
Arkansas 19.4% 7.6% 1.1%
Iowa State 51.8% 15.2% 1.0%
Miami 48.2% 13.4% 0.8%
Saint Peter’s 15.9% 3.3% 0.1%

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Final Four Odds vs. Projections

Team Action’s Projections FanDuel Odds
Gonzaga 62.3% (-165) 58.3%
Kansas 66.7% (-200) 57.0%
Arizona 40% (+150) 40.5%
Purdue 57.5% (-135) 48.2%
Villanova 28.6% (+250) 26.1%
Houston 33.3% (+200) 22.2%
UCLA 31.3% (+220) 30.7%
Texas Tech 20% (+400) 17.1%
Duke 20% (+400) 17.1%
UNC 21.3% (+370) 17.8%
Michigan 10.5% (+850) 11.3%
Providence 13.3% (+650) 14.3%
Arkansas 9.1% (+1000) 7.6%
Iowa State 14.3% (+600) 15.2%
Miami 16.7% (+500) 13.4%
Saint Peter’s 3.2% (+3000) 3.3%


Championship Odds vs. Projections

Team FanDuel Odds Action’s Projections
Gonzaga 29.4% (+240) 29.2%
Kansas 16.7% (+500) 15.1%
Arizona 13.3% (+650) 14.7%
Purdue 11.1% (+800) 9.0%
Villanova 7.1% (+1300) 6.1%
Houston 10.5% (+850) 5.6%
UCLA 6.3% (+1500) 4.9%
Texas Tech 6.3% (+1500) 4.1%
Duke 6.3% (+1500) 4.1%
UNC 3.0% (+3200) 1.8%
Michigan 1.5% (+6500) 1.5%
Providence 1.3% (+7500) 1.1%
Arkansas 2.0% (+5000) 1.1%
Iowa State 1.0% (+10000) 1.0%
Miami 1.4% (+7000) 0.8%
Saint Peter’s 0.3% (+35000) 0.1%
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