2021-22 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship Odds & Preview

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The 2021-22 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regular Season tipped off in November and will come to an end on Sunday, March 6, 2022 with 350 teams playing for the National Championship, now currently held by Stanford.

The 2022 NCAA DI Women’s College Basketball brackets will be revealed on the Selection Show on Sunday, March 13 (ESPN) and will be the first with 68 teams—the same as Men’s DI now—and will be the 40th Women’s Tourney to date.

The 2022 NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Tournament will tip off on March 18 with the 2022 Final Four set to be played on April 1 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the Championship Game set for Monday, April 3, 2002.

UConn, Panthers Odds Favorites a Month Into Season

Thirty-two schools will earn Automatic Berths—teams that win their Conference Tournaments with the remaining (now) 36 Bids all being chosen at large by the NCAA Selection Committee and then seeded from 1 to 16 in the four Regions.

This season the First Four will be held from March 16-17, the First Round from March 18-19, the second Round from March 20-21, the Regional Semifinals and Finals (the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight) scheduled to be held from March 25-28.

The four Regions this year will be the Bridgeport Regional (Webster Bank Arena); the Greensboro Regional (Greensboro Coliseum Complex); the Wichita Regional (Intrust Bank Arena); and the Spokane Regional (Spokane Arena).

One new change in the Women’s College game this season is that the Three-point Line has been moved back to 22-feet-2-inches—the FIBA standard—the same distance now as in Men’s Basketball in Division I, Division II and Division II.

A different team has won the NCAA Division I Women’s College Basketball Championship Game the last five seasons that it has been played and four of the five different Power Five Conferences (ACC, Big 12, SEC, and Pac-12) have won.

Oddsmakers at the top NCAA Basketball betting sites have posted NCAA Women’s College Basketball Championship Futures odds, so let’s take a look at the latest ones for the leading contenders to dethrone the defending champion Cardinal.

NCAA Division I Women’s College Basketball Championship Odds:

  • Connecticut Huskies +250
  • South Carolina Gamecocks +300
  • Stanford Cardinal +300
  • Maryland Terrapins +750
  • North Carolina State Wolfpack +1500
  • Baylor Bears +2000
  • Indiana Hoosiers +2500
  • Louisville Cardinals +2500
  • Oregon Ducks +3000
  • Iowa Hawkeyes +4000
  • Texas Longhorns +4000
  • Iowa State Cyclones +5000
  • Michigan Wolverines +5000
  • UCLA Bruins +5000
  • Arizona Wildcats +6000
  • Georgia Tech +6000
  • Kentucky Wildcats +6000
  • Tennessee Volunteers +6000
  • North Carolina Tar Heels +8000
  • Oregon State Beavers +8000

Women’s Race See Three Usual Suspects Atop Oddsmakers Board

The opening odds to win 2022 NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Championship are out and perennial powerhouse Connecticut (+250), South Carolina (3/1) and defending national champions Stanford (3/1) top the betting board as expected.

There have already been a number of early season upsets, including the No. 7 Cardinal losing to Texas and No. 7 Louisville losing to No. 22 Arizona, 61-59 and No. 1 South Carolina defeated No. 5 NC State in a huge early season showdown.

The Longhorns upset win over Stanford (1-1) lifted Texas (2-0) to No. 12 on the Women’s NCAABl AP Top 25 but Haley Jones and the Cardinal have to face No. 5 Indiana (Nov 25), No. 3 Maryland (Nov. 27) and No. 1 South Carolina (Dec. 21),

The AP Preseason All-American team is Gamecocks Junior Center Aliyah Boston, Iowa Sophomore Guard Caitlin Clark, Kentucky Senior Guard Rhyne Howard, Baylor Senior Forward NaLyssa Smith, UConn Sophomore Guard Paige Bueckers.

Bueckers and No. 2 Connecticut (1-0) have big games coming up in the month of December against No. 18 Georgia Tech (Dec. 9), No. 20 UCLA (Dec.11) and No. 12 Louisville (Dec. 19) on tap so the Huskies’ chance at a top Regional seed is in play.

Defending Naismith College Player of the Year and leading 2022 Naismith POY candidate Bueckers and No. 2 Connecticut (1-0) smashed Minnesota, 88-60 on Saturday, November 20 as Chrystan Williams had 31 points in the victory.

If you are thinking about backing Big Ten talents No. 3 Maryland (+750 to win 2022 NCAA Championship), remember that the Terrapins (4-0 SU) have two key Injuries now and have three pretty brutal late November games on the upcoming schedule.

Maryland faced No. 6 Baylor on Sunday, November 21 and the Terrapins will play No, 5 NC State on Thursday, November 25 (11 am ET) before facing No. 7 Stanford on Saturday, November 27 (3 pm ET). The Terps play South Carolina December 12.

On Saturday, November 21, the Gamecocks (4-0) smashed Buffalo, 88-60 in the Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis as phenom Boston finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Southeastern Conference heavyweights South Carolina.

Big 12 Conference side No. 12 Texas (40/1) is an underdog worth consideration but the Longhorns have a number of big games coming up on the slate including No. 6 Baylor twice (Jan. 9, Feb.6) as well as No. 14 Iowa State twice (Jan. 19, Feb. 16).

Also in Big 12 play, Texas will face No. 22 West Virgina twice (Jan. 15, Feb. 20), so maybe the two games against the bears will determine the Longhorns fate as a potential No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seed in a Regional the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

All in all, Women’s NCAAB in 2022 seems like a five-team race right now between top-ranked South Carolina, oddsmakers’ Favorites UConn, defending national champions Stanford, perennial power Baylor and upstart underdogs Texas.

And I’m siding with Lisa Leslie Center award winner Boston (9.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Destannio Henderson (15.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Kamilla Cardoso (5.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and

With the 6-foot-5 unanimous All-American selection Boston and the 6-foot-7 Syracuse Transfer Cardoso, South Carolina Head Coach Dawn Staley has a formidable duo underneath.

And 2022-23 looks to be another very good season as well for Staley and the Gamecocks in Columbia, South Carolina with five-star Center Ashlyn Watkins (Cardinal Newman High School) signing to play for South Carolina for next year.

Watkins, a prospect ranked No. 12 overall nationally by ESPN HoopGurlz in their Class of 2022 Rankings, is 6-foot-3-inches tall and averaged 16.2 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.7 bpg and 2.8 spg forCardinal Newman High School in her Senior year.

Past 20 Women’s Division I Basketball Champions:

  • 2020-21— Stanford Cardinal
  • 2019-20—Canceled (Covid-19)
  • 2018-19—Baylor Bears
  • 2017-18—Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • 2016-17—South Carolina Gamecocks
  • 2015-16—Connecticut Huskies
  • 2014-15—Connecticut Huskies
  • 2013-14—Connecticut Huskies
  • 2012-13—Connecticut Huskies
  • 2011-12—Baylor Bears
  • 2010-11—Texas A&M Aggies
  • 2009-10—Connecticut Huskies
  • 2007-08—Tennessee Volunteers
  • 2006-07—Tennessee Volunteers
  • 2005-06—Maryland Terrapins
  • 2004-05—Baylor Bears
  • 2003-04—Connecticut Huskies
  • 2002-03—Connecticut Huskies
  • 2002-03—Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Where Can I Bet on Women’s NCAA DI College Basketball Games?

Many online sportsbooks don’t offer Futures or individual game lines and Totals for Women’s NCAA Division I College Basketball but some of the best Basketball websites do serve up Women’s game lines like popular online sportsbook Bovada.

NCAA Women’s College Basketball National Championship Pick:

South Carolina Gamecocks 3/1

Kevin Stott

Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. ...

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