Women’s 2024 March Madness national championship odds entering the Sweet 16

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The 2024 women’s NCAA Tournament field has been pared from 68 teams down to the Sweet 16. And with most all of the top title contenders still alive — 13 of the tourney’s top 16 seeds — it looks like it will be a chalky final chase for the national championship. Following, we examine the updated women’s March Madness national title odds and take break down the top front-runners.

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Women’s March Madness national championship odds: Undefeated South Carolina remains an overwhelming favorite

South Carolina entered the Big Dance a week ago with an unblemished record and an unchallenged perch atop sportsbooks’ national title odds boards.

Coach Dawn Staley’s No. 1 overall seed has only fortified its position since with home romps of 52 and 47 points in the opening two rounds.

Next up for the Gamecocks (34-0) is an Albany Region 1 semifinal matchup Friday with fourth-seeded Indiana (26-5).

If South Carolina wins as expected Friday as a 15.5-point favorite, it will face the survivor of the other semi between No. 2-seeded Notre Dame and No. 3 Oregon State in Sunday’s regional title game.

The Gamecocks, who are tops in the nation in defensive efficiency (74.5 opponent points per 100 possessions while ranking second in scoring (86.3 points per game), are seeking their fifth Final Four appearance and third national title in the last seven NCAA tourneys after winning it all in 2017 and 2022.

Only six of its 34 wins this season have been decided by single digits, and that’s one of the primary reasons why South Carolina was listed as a consensus -158 national title favorite entering the Sweet 16 with the next closest team (Iowa) at +700.

Women’s March Madness national championship odds: Caitlin Clark, Iowa chasing first title

Clark, Iowa’s senior three-time All-America selection, has stamped her name in the record book this season as Division I’s career and single-season scoring leader. And it was her 41 points in last season’s Final Four that derailed South Carolina’s repeat hopes in a thrilling, 77-73 Hawkeyes win.

This March, Iowa was accorded a No. 1 regional seed for the first time in program history, and coach Lisa Bluder’s squad dispatched 16th-seeded Holy Cross (91-65) and eighth-seeded West Virginia (64-54) at home to gain the Sweet 16 for the third time in Clark’s four seasons.

2023 marked Iowa’s first Final Four appearance in the program’s 43 seasons, but it ended a win short of a championship as Clark and Co. fell to LSU 102-85 in the title tilt.

Iowa (31-4) again is pacing DI in scoring (92.0 ppg) and offensive efficiency (118.6), but will it be enough to carry Clark and crew to the top April 7 in Cleveland?

Even if the Hawkeyes manage to beat fifth-seeded Colorado for the second straight Sweet 16 on Saturday, matchups against either No. 2 UCLA or No. 3 LSU (regional title game) and likely Portland Region 3 top seed USC or 3-seed Connecticut (Final Four) await before a possible title-game shot at South Carolina.

And while Iowa will certainly have plenty of backing from the multitude of fans and followers in Clark Nation, many oddsmakers are hoping the Hawkeyes’ Bandwagon veers off course.

BetMGM Sportsbook is one after reporting earlier this week that Iowa is its biggest national championship futures ticket liability.

Women’s March Madness national championship odds: Defending-champ LSU heads list of other contenders

Aside from South Carolina and Iowa, only one other team enters the Sweet 16 with national championship odds higher than 12-1. That would be defending-champion LSU (30-5) at consensus +883 odds as of Thursday.

Senior forward Angel Reese and the Tigers trail only Iowa and South Carolina in points per game (86.1) and rank second nationally in average rebound margin (plus-13.2).

However, simply surviving the likes of Iowa and second-seeded UCLA in a loaded Albany 2 Region will be a challenge for coach Kim Mulkey’s crew.

After LSU, there’s a bit of an odds gap until we reach the fourth and fifth teams on the consensus odds boards, perennial powers UConn (+1200 aggregate odds as of Thursday) and Stanford (+1567).

Coach Geno Auriemma’s Huskies (31-5) and coach Tara Van Derveer’s Cardinal (30-5) have won a combined 14 national titles — but only one in the last seven seasons.

And they’ll also have to get past the top seeds (USC and Texas) in their respective regionals just to reach the Final Four.

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