The Tennessee Lady Vols are looking forward to their 41st appearance in the women’s NCAA Championship Tournament. Tennessee is the only women’s basketball team to be in every tournament since the tradition began, and it has won the championship eight times. We’re breaking down the Lady Vols March Madness odds today and checking in on their chances of snagging another title for their trophy case.
What will their 41st showing hold for the Lady Vols? Let’s start with Selection Sunday and what it means for their betting odds to win their first game and make it to the championship.
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Lady Vols Enter the Tournament as No. 4 Seed
The Lady Vols’ regular season got off to a rough start, but they climbed back to clinch the No. 4 seed on Selection Sunday. In their region for March Madness, Tennessee is behind Virginia Tech (1), UConn (2), and Ohio State (3). The other No. 4 seeds across the bracket are Texas, Villanova, and UCLA.
The Lady Vols’ first game will be on Saturday, March 18, against the Saint Louis Billikens, who are a No. 13 seed. Tennessee will host the first and second rounds at Thompson-Boling Arena. DraftKings Sportsbook lists the Lady Vols as 23.5-point favorites versus Saint Louis.
Not all sportsbooks will have odds for the women’s tournament games this early, though, so make sure you check several of the big ones like Caesars, FanDuel, and BetMGM.
If they beat St. Louis, which they’re expected to do, they’ll play the winner of the matchup between No. 5 Iowa State and No. 12 Toledo. A win there, and it’s off to Seattle for the Sweet Sixteen. Iowa State is favored over Toledo by nine points.
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How Have the Lady Vols Performed This Season?
In the regular season, the Tennessee women lost six of their first 13 games. But then came a nine-game win streak, and they only lost five more times for the entire season — ending the regular season with a 23-11 record.
They did well in the SEC games, going 13-3 in conference play. In particular, the Lady Vols had a huge win over LSU in the SEC Tournament semifinals. Of course, now they’ll have to prove they can dominate non-conference teams to advance through the tournament bracket.
They have some of the league’s best players in Rickea Jackson and Jordan Horston.
Jackson has scored 20+ points in eight consecutive games with almost 60% shooting. In their semifinal against LSU, she had 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Horston has anchored the team for her whole four-year career with Tennessee. This season, she has averaged 15.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. She bumped those numbers up to 17 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in three SEC Tournament games.
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Tennessee Women’s Basketball Odds to Win the NCAA Title
As of Tuesday, March 13, the major online sportsbooks still only have the futures odds for the NCAA Women’s Championship Winner.
So what are the Lady Vols NCAA Tournament odds? Caesars Sportsbook has them at 100-to-1 odds to win the Championship Title.
They’re currently 15th down the odds rankings, tied at +10,000 odds with Louisville, NC State, and Iowa State.
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Women’s March Madness Odds
Sportsbooks should have odds on the individual women’s games, particularly once we get into the first and second rounds and the Sweet Sixteen.
Right now, across sportsbooks that are offering odds for the NCAAW championship winner, South Carolina is the odds-on favorite. As defending champions, South Carolina has been a powerhouse again this season and beat Tennessee both times they played in the regular season.
Here are the top 15 teams according to odds from Caesars Sportsbook.
- South Carolina -180
- Indiana +800
- Connecticut +800
- Stanford +800
- Iowa +1700
- LSU +1800
- Virginia Tech +3000
- Maryland +4000
- Texas +4000
- Utah +4000
- Notre Dame +5000
- Ohio State +7000
- Duke +7500
- Louisville 100-to-1
- Tennessee 100-to-1
Article contributed by Hannah Vanbiber