Last Updated Mar 07, 2022, 7:25 AM

South Carolina Favorites to win NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

The South Carolina Gamecocks have been the best team in women’s college basketball this season. Dawn Staley has piloted the Gamecocks to a 29-1 record prior to the SEC Championship Game against Kentucky on Sunday, and they are a unanimous No. 1 in the most recent AP Poll. Their lone loss was a one-point defeat in overtime on the road against Missouri at the end of December, so it will be tough to take down the Gamecocks in March Madness.

2022 Women’s College Basketball National Title Odds 

  • South Carolina +150
  • Stanford +600
  • UConn +650
  • North Carolina State +750
  • Louisville +1200
  • Indiana +2000
  • Baylor +2500
  • Arizona +2500
  • All Other Teams are +3000 or More

Odds Provided by DraftKings - Subject to Change

South Carolina has already proven that it can take down the other top contenders in women’s college basketball this season. The Gamecocks knocked off North Carolina State in Raleigh in their season opener, and they went on the road to beat Duke in non-conference play too. They hammered both Oregon and UConn in the Bahamas just before Thanksgiving, and they also have home wins over Maryland and Stanford to their credit.

This team is simply on another level and is a solid bet at plus-odds to win the program’s second national championship. Aliyah Boston is likely to win the Wooden Award as the best player in the country by averaging 16.7 PPG and 12.0 RPG while making 54.6% of her field goals, and Destanni Henderson has been a solid scorer and distributor from the perimeter.

Stanford can’t be totally discounted as the Cardinal played the Gamecocks better than any other team. The Cardinal are ranked No. 2 in the country, and they haven’t lost since falling to South Carolina. However, the Pac 12 hasn’t been that great, as Arizona is the only other ranked team in the conference. Cameron Brink and Haley Jones are double-double threats in every game, while Lexie Hull and Hannah Jump are solid three-point shooters.

UConn has had a disappointing season by Geno Auriemma’s lofty standards. The Huskies have lost five games and are unlikely to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but they did recently welcome back superstar guard Paige Bueckers from a knee injury that had kept her out for almost three months. The team is being cautious with Bueckers, yet they are a serious title contender if she is close to 100%.

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