Top Futures Picks to Win 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

Entering the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, oddsmakers’ top three favorites to win it all are the teams hoops fans have heard the most about throughout the last two seasons: South Carolina, Iowa, and LSU.

South Carolina, at , is the clear favorite. Coach Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks are seeking their fourth consecutive Final Four appearance and third national title under Staley. South Carolina has entered eight of the last 10 NCAA Tournaments as a 1-seed, but it’s not the only team with a shot to cut down the nets at the NCAA Women’s Final Four, which will take place in Cleveland from April 5-7.

Below, we break down the top futures picks to win 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament — South Carolina, Iowa (), and LSU () — and their futures odds.

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2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Futures Odds

After the heavily favored Gamecocks, record-setting guard Caitlin Clark’s top-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes, and reigning national champ LSU, the teams with the next-shortest odds include UConn, Texas, and Stanford.

 

South Carolina Gamecocks NCAA Women’s Tournament Odds

 

If this team plays its best basketball over the next few weeks, it will raise the trophy on April 7, period. Or at least that’s what the team’s futures odds entering the tournament would indicate. On the men’s side, reigning champion UConn is the heavy favorite, but is still 4-to-1 to win it all, which puts the South Carolina women’s team’s pre-tournament odds into perspective.

Still, as Clark and Iowa showed last year, the Cocks aren’t unbeatable. LSU kept both its games against South Carolina this season close, and the Gamecocks also beat Tennessee by just 1 point in the SEC Women’s Basketball Conference Tournament. That being said, few teams have an answer for Carolina’s depth and athleticism — seven players average at least 8 points per game, and nine players regularly play significant minutes for this team.

The 2 and 3 seeds in South Carolina’s Albany 1 region are Notre Dame and Oregon State.

Iowa Hawkeyes NCAA Women’s Tournament Odds

 

The story for the Hawkeyes is senior guard Caitlin Clark, who is the biggest star in college hoops — men’s or women’s — in recent memory. Clark has made Iowa games must-see TV nationally, and the ratings for Iowa’s games over the next few weeks promise to be massive, especially if the Hawkeyes can reach the regional final in Albany 2, where a rematch of last year’s national title game against LSU could await.

As much as Clark (31.9 points per game), who has rewritten the women’s college basketball record book during her time in Iowa City, dominates headlines, Iowa also has a solid team around her. Both Hannah Stuelke (14.6 points per game) and Kate Martin (12.9 points per game) have been solid all year for a squad that went 29-3 (15-3 Big Ten) this year.

LSU Tigers NCAA Women’s Tournament Odds

 

The Tigers went 28-5 (13-3 SEC) as the defending champs under coach Kim Mulkey. This year’s team brought back the star of last year’s title-winning squad, forward Angel Reese, but like South Carolina, LSU boasts impressive depth, with six players who average double-figures scoring. After its first-round matchup, LSU would have to potentially get through 6-seed Louisville and 2-seed UCLA to set up a rematch with Clark and the Hawkeyes. In last year’s national title game, the Tigers managed to win 102-85 despite a massive night from Clark, who finished with 30 points on 9-for-22 shooting from the field (8-for-19 from 3).

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Underdogs

While the teams above are clearly the safest bets to go all the way, several longshots are worth a look, including the three other teams entering the tournament with odds around 20-to-1 or shorter: Connecticut, Texas, and Stanford.

Connecticut Huskies

 

Few programs can match the 11-time national champs’ pedigree, and this year’s team has a chance to make a run thanks to stars Paige Bueckers (21 points per game) and Aaliyah Edwards (18 points per game). As the 3-seed in the Portland 3 region, the Huskies would potentially have to get through 2-seed Ohio State and 1-seed Southern Cal to reach the Final Four.

Texas Longhorns

 

Texas (30-4, 14-4 Big 12), the top seed in the Portland 4 region, could potentially reach the Final 4 without having to face any of the teams mentioned above, but two teams in the Portland 4 region — 2-seed Stanford and 3-seed NC State — loom as threats to the 1-seed. The Longhorns’ resume includes an 80-68 win over UConn back in December. Texas freshman Madison Booker looks like one of the next big stars in women’s basketball, and the Big 12 Player of the Year could be poised for a breakout if she can lead her team on a run.

Stanford Cardinal

 

Stanford (28-5, 15-3 Pac-12) is battle-tested after finishing atop a conference that sent seven teams to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal’s schedule included three games this season against top 10 conference rivals USC (No. 3) and UCLA (No. 6), with a win over the Bruins and two losses to the Trojans.

The Cardinal are led by their imposing frontcourt, as 6-foot-3 forward Kiki Iriafen and 6-foot-4 forward Cameron Brink both average better than 17 points per game and double-digit rebounds.

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Schedule

This year’s NCAA Women’s Tournament takes place from March 22 through April 7, with the Final Four tipping off with the semifinal games on April 5 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, followed by the national title game two days later.

The first and second rounds take place across the country from March 22-25. The following weekend, the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games are scheduled for March 29 through April 1 in Albany, NY, and Portland, OR.

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Tyler Everett

Tyler Everett

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Tyler Everett has been a sports writer since joining the student newspaper at his alma mater, NC State, back in 2008. He has covered sports, sports betting, and the business of sports for several newspapers and websites, including the Denver Broncos, Charlotte Observer, High Press Soccer, and Sports Business Journal.

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