NCAA Tournament No. 3, 4 and 5 Seeds East and West Region Profiles
The March Madness brackets are being filled out, and the picks and pools finalized for the 2022 NCAA Tournament. March Madness tournament betting at leading online sportsbooks is most popular for the opening weekend games with wall-to-wall basketball as teams shoot for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.
There are some fundamental keys to NCAA Tournament success as you evaluate the match-ups and stats prior to and during the tournament. As you break down the brackets and match-ups, futures odds and BetOnline each round of the NCAA Tournament, here are some team profiles, stats and odds outlook to track as the top teams advance through the NCAA Tournament.
The biggest sporting event of the year offers so many action-packed games throughout the tournament, and especially opening weekend. The top teams and seeds will be most popular picks in NCAA Tournament brackets and pools, but there are plenty of very capable teams seeded 3-6 that can challenge. Recall too that UCLA went from First Four to Final Four in last year’s 2021 NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed.
I've chipped in some profiles of the No. 3, 4 and 5 seeds from the East and West Regions below, and you can compare profiles, stats and odds to the No. 3, 4 and 5 seeds from the South and Midwest.
Also, check out the top teams No. 1 and No. 2 seeds profiles from the East and West Regions along with the South and Midwest.
N - Neutral site A - Away
NET ranking: takes into account game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.
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No. 3, 4 and 5 Seeds East Region
No. 3 Purdue
Key Wins: Illinois (2x), Iowa (2x), Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State (N), Villanova (N), North Carolina (N).
National Title Odds: +2000
Final Four Odds: +375
KenPom: Top 5 offense and effective FG %. No. 99 defense (adjusted efficiency ratings)
Purdue started 8-0 with wins over Villanova, North Carolina and Iowa to reach No. 1 in the PA Poll for the first time ever. The Boilermakers NET ranking is 13, and the Purdue finished 8-6 vs Quad 1 opponents and 7-1 vs Quad 2. Purdue is top 10 in the country in scoring at 79.6 PPG.
No. 4 UCLA
Key Wins: Arizona, USC (2x), Villanova, Marquette (A)
NCAA Title Odds: +2500
Final Four Odds: +500
KenPom: Top 15 offense and defense.
UCLA’s NET ranking is 10, and the Bruins went 5-4 vs Quad 1 opponents and 8-2 vs Quad 2.
No. 5 St. Mary's
Key Wins: Gonzaga, San Francisco (2x)
NCAA Title Odds: +10000
Final Four Odds: +2200
KenPom: Top 65 offense and top 10 defense.
St. Mary’s NET ranking is 19 and the Gaels went 4-7 vs Quad 1 opponents and 6-0 vs Quad 2.
No. 3, 4 and 5 Seeds West Region
No. 3 Texas Tech
Key Wins: Baylor (2x), Kansas, Texas (2x), Iowa State (2x), Tennessee (N)
NCAA Title Odds: +2000
Final Four Odds: +525
KenPom: No. 64 offense and No. 1 defense. Top 5 in offensive turnover and steal percentage.
Texas Tech’s NET ranking is 9, and the Red Raiders went 8-9 vs Quad 1 teams and 7-0 vs Quad 2. The Red Raiders are also top 5 in scoring defense allowing just 60.3 points per game.
No. 4 Arkansas
Key Wins: Auburn, Kentucky, LSU (2x), Tennessee, Texas A&M,
NCAA Title Odds +6600
Final Four Odds: +1400
KenPom: Top 25 offense, top 10 defense and defensive FG% and 2 point %. No. 1 in block %s.
Arkansas has a NET ranking of 20, and the Tigers went 7-6 vs Quad 1 opponents and 5-1 vs Quad 2.
No. 5 UCONN
Key Wins: Auburn (N), Villanova, Marquette (2x), Seton Hall (2x),
NCAA Title Odds +7500
Final Four Odds: +1600
KenPom: Top 25 offense and top 5 in offensive rebounding %, top 40 defense and top 5 in 2-point % defense and blocks %.
Connecticut’s NET ranking is 17, and the Huskies went 5-6 vs Quad 1 opponents and 8-3 vs Quad 2.
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