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The 5 NCAA Promising Teams in 2022

We are currently in the midst of the 2021/2022 NCCA men’s college basketball season. It began on November 9, 2021, and will be played until March 13, 2022, and then give way to the famous March Madness that will be played from March 13 to April 4, when the champion university of the country will be crowned. 

This year college basketball brings us new emotions, there are many promising teams and players who could break into the NBA in the next draft. 

In this article, we will talk about the five teams that are the most promising and to which we must pay special attention because, according to college basketball picks, they have a very promising future. 

The last champion

Last season Baylor University was crowned champions for the first time in its history. Therefore, this year, they will try to defend their title. 

The most outstanding players who managed to lift the cup in 2021 are playing in the NBA; the only main player left for Baylor is Matthew Mayer. Mayer is an excellent asset to the team as he averages 20.7 points (according to ncaab scores), so he leads Baylor along with Adam Flager and James Akinjo.

Today’s favorites

The Baylor Bears suffered two losses at home in the same week while being ranked first in the AP top 25 by CBB predictions, which shook them up a bit, but they are still among the favorites.

The Bears were displaced from the top spot in the overall rankings by two teams battling for the spot – Gonzaga and Auburn. At the same time, Arizona moved up to the top of the projected rankings.

Auburn and Gonzaga are at the head of the series. Gonzaga, which was runner-up in the 2021 championship, is leading the series according to most college basketball picks because it hasdominatede its conference opponents, scoring 110 points in its first three outings. 

Gonzaga’s biggest rival for the top overall seed is currently Auburn. This team could contend for the No. 1 overall ranking before the season is over.

Let’s see which are the 5 favorite teams in this stretch of the tournament:

  • Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga is a great team they were the AP preseason favorite team and considered one of the best college teams. However, this team’s problems are still the same as last season, which cost them the title. Such problems are susceptibility to ball pressure and perimeter defense. 

Unless Sallis and Hickman can step up to get more minutes and address the lack of back-court play, Gonzaga will continue to be vulnerable against the best teams.

The Zags lost several players to the NBA, including Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs, and Joel Ayayi. But, according to the NCAAB Lines, Scores and Odds, they still have great players who are more than enough to make it to the Final Four. 

The team also added other five-star recruits, Hunter Sallis and Nolan Hickman. They also added high-upside players we rarely saw last season, such as Julian Strawther and Dominick.

  • Baylor Bears

This season, the Bears have a wider range of results but are still a top-10 team and should remain so through the end of the season. 

The team’s defense is balanced, tough, and effective, and the guys up front know how to handle the ball and score very well. However, the lack of a consistent and effective offense from the post means they could struggle against a more active and longer opponent, as was the case during the early part of the game against Michigan State.

Either way, Baylor is a favorite and a safe bet to make the Final Four, according to the college basketball picks today.

  • Auburn Tigers

This team is led by Jabari Smith, who will likely be taken first overall in the upcoming NBA draft, and features big-time players like Williams, Kessler, and Cardwell and a dynamic, “play-action” defense.

The Auburn Tigers are the No. 1 shot-blocking team in the country and No. 16 in steals. If Allen Flanigan (who is sidelined with an injury) can rejoin the team, the Tigers have the ability to beat all of their opponents. 

The Tigers’ odds of making the Final Four recently stands at 12/1; that’s because the team has probably the most talented lineup it has had under Pearl’s tenure. Auburn is deep competent, and Bruce Pearl seems to be leading them on the right path to winning another SEC title and more!

  • Duke Blue Devils

This team has the highest level of talent in the country, however, Coach Mike Krzyzewski is not letting Griffin play much, hurting the team. If Griffin played more minutes, the team would sweep.

Griffin, Banchero, Keels, Moore, and Williams give the Blue Devils the best four-man unit in the college game, and Roach, Baker, and Blakes-Jones-John give the team a perfect lineup. 

Duke is one of the favorites to win the title.

  • UCLA Bruins UCLA 

UCLA remains a favorite but has already lost two top rotation players to season-ending injuries, Mac Etienne and Will McClendon. Plus, they have Cody Riley, a key player recovering from a meniscus injury. Although UCLA was shredded, Riley was one of the team’s most helpful defensive players in the game against Gonzaga, as Gonzaga played wonderfully.

Despite the bad luck, UCLA has a lot of things in favor. One of them is that it counts, once again, with the entire core of last season; Singleton, Juzang, Bernard, Campbell, and Jaquez. Plus, the team could take off if the coach can get Watson to be more offensive.

UCLA is always a favorite for being the team with the most national championships in college basketball history; however, in the previous tournament, they had a frustrating season. We will see what this year holds for them, but one thing is for sure, much is expected of this team.

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