South Carolina vs. Connecticut Betting Market: Bettors Aligned in Women’s National Championship Game (April 3)
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Women’s National Championship Betting Odds
Odds via BetMGM
|UConn Odds||+3.5 (+150)|
|South Carolina Odds||-3.5 (-185)|
|Tip-off||8 p.m. ET|
Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies get their chance at redemption as the historic coach puts his perfect 11-0 record in National Championship games on the line Sunday against the No. 1-ranked South Carolina.
Auriemma’s pristine record in this game is one of the major storylines. The problem for the Huskies is those previous 11 games spanning from 1995 to 2016 don’t matter as much against another Hall of Famer on the sideline in Dawn Staley and a team as talented as the Gamecocks.
It’s a rematch from an earlier game this season when South Carolina beat UConn, 73-57. As lopsided as the final score reads, Connecticut actually led by three at half and was only down three entering the fourth quarter. A 16-3 fourth-quarter run for the Gamecocks buried the Huskies in the end.
Bettors aren’t worried about that 11-0 mark Auriemma has in the big game. Most of the money and bets are coming in on South Carolina.
According to data released by BetMGM on Sunday, 70 percent of bets and 79 percent of the total handle is on South Carolina. That’s moved the line to -4 at some sportsbooks.
The total has actually dropped in what looks like big money coming in on the under. It opened at 126.5, but is now 125.5 with 72 percent of the money on the under, but 70 percent of bets on the over.
Staley led South Carolina to the National Championship in 2017 and won in her only appearance. This is her third Final Four since taken over at South Carolina in 2008.
The Gamecocks will lean on Player of the Year Aliyah Boston, who scored 22 points in the first matchup between these teams. UConn’s Paige Bueckers scored 19 on 8-of-19 shooting.