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Women’s NCAA tournament: teams in mind

The NCAA women’s basketball tournament is scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 16 with the first four games. The tournament officially begins on March 18th.

South Carolina is the clear favorite to win the national championship this season, having spent much of the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll.

Circa posted a line for South Carolina vs. the field, with the Gamecocks at +170 to win the title and the field at -215.

There are some fascinating teams on the field. Sophomore UConn guard Paige Bueckers recently returned from an injury that sidelined her for much of the season. The Huskies have the third highest odds at PointsBet at 9/2.

Check out more about the top 10 teams on the odds board below (odds and records coming in on Saturday).

Aliyah Boston
Aliyah Boston
AP

South Carolina (2/1)

By far the best team in the country is led by All-American Aliyah Boston. She averages 16.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. The Gamecocks are 28-1 with the lone loss to Missouri in overtime.

Stanford (+425)

The Cardinal lost three games in non-conference games earlier in the season, all to ranked teams including South Carolina. However, Stanford was perfect through Pac-12 play with a 27-3 overall record.

Connecticut (9/2)

As previously mentioned, UConn received a massive boost with the return of Bückers. She was one of the best players in college basketball this past season. The Huskies were solid with a 22-5 record, but Buckers makes them a contender.

Without crutches, Connecticut's Paige Bueckers shoots before an NCAA college basketball game
Paige Bueckers was cleared to return to UConn’s roster on Thursday.
AP photo

State of North Carolina (15/2)

The Wolfpack are 27-3 and find themselves atop the ACC with a 17-1 conference record. If they can survive the ACC tournament gauntlet, it will be enough to secure the No. 1 spot.

Louisville (14/1)

This is NC State’s largest ACC competition. The Cardinals are 25-4 and 16-2 in the conference. All three of their losses came against ranked opponents.

Michigan (14/1)

The Wolverines don’t top the Big Ten but have the highest odds of winning everything from the conference. Naz Hillmon is the star of the show, currently averaging 21.1 ppg.

Naz Hillmon
Naz Hillmon
AP

Baylor (22/1)

Baylor has been a women’s basketball power for nearly a decade but has had to replace coach Kim Mulkey and a slew of last season’s Elite Eight team production. The Bears top the Big 12 standings with a 14-3 record. That’s nothing new, as this would be her 13th straight Big 12 regular-season title.

Maryland (30/1)

Maryland has suffered some setbacks throughout the season as it currently has a 21-8 record. However, seven of those eight losses were against ranked schools — including South Carolina, Baylor, Michigan and Stanford.

Tennessee (30/1)

Tennessee is almost always there when it comes to women’s basketball, although the program hasn’t reached the heights it did under head coach Pat Summit. The Lady Vols are 23-7 overall and 11-5 in the SEC.

Arizona (33/1)

While the men’s team is enjoying a resurgence, the women’s have been one of the best teams in the Pac-12 this season. The Wildcats were unbeaten by one game outside of conference with a win over Louisville but have struggled a bit lately, including an early Pac-12 tournament loss to Colorado.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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