NCAA Tournament Betting: Women's National Championship Odds

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic
NCAA Tournament Betting: Women's National Championship Odds

As a staple of March, college basketball has taken over the airwaves.

In particular, the women's 2024 NCAA tournament has provided both intriguing storylines and intense on-court action. With a couple days before the Sweet 16 resumes, what should we be most looking forward to?

The odds to win the women's NCAA tournament at FanDuel Sportsbook tell an interesting story. Transparently, this market displays an odds-on favorite: the South Carolina Gamecocks. Be that as it may, there are myriad other high-profile programs that would love to take down head coach Dawn Staley's bunch.

We'll get back to the on-court action for this tourney as soon as Friday (Mar. 29). In the meantime, let us survey the current list of frontrunners to hoist the women's national title at Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

All college basketball odds come from FanDuel Sportsbook, and lines may change after this article is published.

Women's NCAA Basketball National Championship Winner
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds
South Carolina-155
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Women's NCAA National Championship Odds

South Carolina (-155)

There's no two ways about it; Coach Staley has developed a juggernaut basketball program out in Columbia, SC. This is Staley's 16th season at post. Notably, she has already brought back multiple national championships to South Carolina. From there, the Gamecocks have appeared in the Final Four in five separate campaigns since 2015. Prior to Staley's arrival, USC -- not the one in California -- had never qualified for a Final Four.

In the current year, South Carolina is tearing through the tournament. After winning the SEC title on a thrilling three-point buzzer beater, the Gamecocks have proceeded to steamroll over the competition. Through the Round of 32, Staley's bunch has averaged 89.5 PPG at the tourney. Additionally, their current winning margin at the 2024 Big Dance is an eye-popping 49.5 PPG.

The Gamecocks now have their sights set on the Indiana Hoosiers. South Carolina and Indiana will get together on Friday (Mar. 29) at MVP Arena in Albany, NY. For that contest, FanDuel Sportsbook has the Gamecocks as 15.5-point favorites versus IU. Naturally, that is FanDuel's chalkiest line of the Sweet 16 (men's or women's).

In 2024, South Carolina is led by Kamilla Cardoso. She currently paces the Gamecocks in both scoring (13.9 PPG) and rebounding (9.5 RPG). From there, both MiLaysia Fulwiley and Te-Hina Paopao are also yielding double-digit scoring clips.

The aforementioned trio will be a tough matchup for any opposing basketball team. They are undoubtedly a dominant group, but are -155 odds to go all the way at FanDuel Sportsbook justified? Those are short odds to bank on a South Carolina three-game winning streak at this point.

Iowa (+750)

As the women's college basketball program most consistently on the mainstream radar, the Iowa Hawkeyes are still hunting for their first national championship. Of course, Iowa has the talents of the game's all-time leading scorer -- Caitlin Clark -- for one final season. Can the sharp-shooting Clark (37.9% from 3pt) guide Iowa to the promised land?

Not only has Clark scored the rock at an unseen rate (31.8 PPG), but her assist (8.8 APG) and rebounding numbers (7.3 RPG) are also at career highs. From there, she has averaged 1.8 steals per game in 2024. Simply, Clark is the best women's college basketball player of the era -- perhaps ever.

After Clark, Hawkeyes head coach Lisa Bluder -- who is in her 24th season in Iowa City -- does have other talent to utilize. Sophomore forward Hannah Stuelke is Iowa's second-best scorer at 14.1 PPG right now. Stuelke's dozen points versus the West Virginia Mountaineers were pivotal in the recent Round of 32 victory.

Like South Carolina, Iowa will also head to Albany for their Sweet 16 matchup. For the Hawkeyes, they'll next tangle with the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday (Mar. 30); FanDuel Sportsbook has Iowa listed as a 7.5-point favorite in that bid.

The Hawkeyes have won three consecutive Big Ten tournament titles, but if given the choice, they'd likely trade all of them for a natty in 2024. If you like Clark to power Iowa the rest of the way, they show +750 odds to win the upcoming NCAA Championship.

LSU (+950)

A year ago, the Louisiana State Lady Tigers women's basketball team did well to earn the program's first NCAA tournament title. It took a valiant effort over Clark and the Hawkeyes in the championship game, but LSU rose to top of the mountain in 2023. Fast-forward to now, and they yield +950 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook to repeat as national champs.

Guided by head coach Kim Mulkey, the Fighting Tigers were the third-best scoring team in women's Division I hoops. In 2024, LSU produced 86.1 PPG. To complete the effort, the Tigers currently have six different players with double-digit point clips.

Senior forward Angel Reese is the statistical and energy leader for this team from Baton Rouge. On the year, Reece has dominated with 18.7 PPG and 13.2 RPG. Perhaps more impressively, she has hauled down 5.95 offensive boards per game over the past two seasons.

Behind Reese, the Tigers have a deep roster. Fellow forward Aneesah Johnson also averages a double-double behind 16.5 and 10.0. In the backcourt, senior transfer point guard Hailey Van Lith is a dynamic player on the perimeter. Boasting a 35.5% three-point clip, Van Lith does well to space the floor for Louisiana State.

As a No. 3 seed, LSU may look like an underdog when taking on the No. 2 UCLA Bruins. However, FanDuel Sportsbook does not see it that way; the Tigers are priced as 3.5-point favorites versus UCLA in the Sweet 16. Admittedly, Tigers-Bruins will likely be the best game of the round; get 'cho popcorn ready.

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