Unfinished business brought Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels back to Villanova for a fifth season.
In 2021, during their penultimate regular season game against Creighton, Gillespie suffered a torn MCL. The Villanova Wildcats saw their odds for a National Championship immediately shift from +1400 to +2000. Nova lost in the Sweet 16 to eventual national champion, Baylor.
Entering his 21st season, recently enshrined Hall of Fame head coach Jay Wright is expecting the Wildcats to continue to dominate the Big East and contend for the 2022 NCAA National Title. Villanova opens the season ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll.
Let’s take a look at betting markets and odds for the Villanova Wildcats at sports betting apps.
2021-2022 Big East odds
Odds to win the Big East Conference
- Villanova: +100
- UConn: +450
- Xavier: +650
- Seton Hall: +1000
- Saint Johns: +1200
- Butler: +2000
- Creighton: +2000
- Georgetown: +3000
- Providence: +3000
- Marquette: +4000
- DePaul: +13000
Comparing Villanova’s Big East odds:
- DraftKings: +100
- BetMGM: -110
- BetRivers: -155
- FanDuel: -115
Villanova odds to make 2022 Final Four
Teams with best odds to make the 2022 Final Four:
(Odds via DraftKings)
- Gonzaga: +190
- Michigan: +330
- UCLA: +380
- Villanova: 380
Villanova losing to the eventual champs or hoisting the hardware themselves is something to watch for in March.
- 2021: Lost to champion (Baylor) in Sweet 16
- 2018: Won the championship
- 2016: Won the championship
- 2014: Lost to champion (UConn) in the second round
- 2009: Lost to champion (UNC) in the Final Four
- 2008: Lost to champion (Kansas) in the Sweet 16
- 2006: Lost to champion (Florida) in the Elite 8
- 2005: Lost to champion (UNC) in the Sweet 16
Villanova men’s basketball 2021-2022 roster
Key returning players
(2020-2021 stats listed)
- Collin Gillespie (14.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.6 assists per game)
- Jermaine Samuels (12.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists)
- Justin Moore (12.9 ppg, 4 reb, 3 assists)
Odds for National Player of the Year are not currently listed at a PA sportsbook. The market for 2022 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year is available at Wynn Bet in New Jersey and Gillespie’s odds are +1500.
Gillespie was named by the AP Writers to the Preseason All-America Team. He was also named to the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award watch list.
Justin Moore is on the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year watch list. Jermaine Samuels landed on the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year watch list.
Can I bet on NCAA Basketball Player Props in PA?
According to gaming regulations, you can not bet on college basketball player props in Pennsylvania. For example, no legal regulated sportsbook will offer markets on “Jermaine Samuels Over/Under 10 points” or “Collin Gillespie Over/under 5 assists.”
All online sportsbooks in PA do offer other team props and other popular betting markets like moneyline, point spread, and point totals.
Villanova men’s basketball 2021-2022 schedule
Villanova starts their season on Nov. 9 against Mount Saint Mary’s.
Notable games on Villanova’s schedule
(AP ranking as of Oct. 29)
- Nov. 2: at No. 2 UCLA
- Nov. 20: vs. No. 18 Tennessee
- Dec. 12:: @ No. 8 Baylor
- Jan. 12: @ Xavier
- Feb. 5: vs. No. 24 UConn
Currently, no PA sports betting app has college basketball team win totals available to bet on. At Wynn Bet in New Jersey, Villanova’s win total (includes postseason) is set at 26.5.
2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship live odds
Lead image: Laurence Kesterson/AP