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Favorites and sleepers to win the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship

The NCAA Women’s Championship is in a bubble in San Antonio, but the bets are still the same.

Stanford Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer poses with players after the Pac-12 Conference tournament championship against the UCLA Bruins at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA Women’s tournament gets started tomorrow, and with 63 games to determine a national champion in what is as wide open a field as we’ve ever seen in the women’s championship, the odds at DraftKings Sportsbook have plenty of teams with a chance in the bubble of San Antonio.

And while the NCAA might not be respecting the bubble the way they should, the betting community should be happy about the parity in the game that makes for quality matchups.

The favorites are the Stanford Cardinal, who have been on fire the last two months. Following two losses early in Pac-12 play, Tara VanDerveer’s group has not only won but dominated opponents down the stretch. Kiana Williams (14.3 ppg) and Haley Jones (13.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) lead a team that ranks in the top ten in scoring defense in the country.

The next team off the board is the Connecticut Huskies, but they might not be the Geno Auriemma team you think of in the past. This one is dominated by maybe the next superstar in women’s basketball, Paige Bueckers. She’s a living, walking bucket, and you can’t keep your eyes off her when she’s on the floor. Her 19.7 points are great, but her 6.1 assists per game are often breathtaking. If you haven’t watched a ton of women’s basketball yet this season, don’t miss a UConn game or two.

Maryland and Brenda Freese won the Big Ten, and Ashley Owusu is another superstar in this field. Her 18-5-5 per game is great, but women’s backcourt players aren’t supposed to be able to move and handle how she does at 6’0 with “good luck defending the block” post-up size. You might see her and Bueckers guiding some Team USA’s in the Olympics someday.

Need a sleeper? If No. 8 South Florida gets past No. 1 North Carolina State in the Mercado Region (and it’s a good matchup for the Bulls), the 200-1 shot has a path to the Final Four as clear as anyone. They’ve got the second-leading rebounder in the country in Bethy Mununga, only lost by five to Baylor earlier this season, and dominated the American Conference. Way under-seeded as an eight, their draw turns into a plus if they can get by the Wolfpack. And why yes we are being complete homers here, but you for sure can find a worse way to get some value from this event even if you hedge a bit down the line.

Here are the odds to win the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament from DraftKings Sportsbook:

2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament title odds

Team Odds
Team Odds
Stanford +150
UConn +250
Maryland +700
South Carolina +700
Baylor +800
NC State +1600
Arizona +2000
Texas AM +2500
Indiana +3300
UCLA +3300
Arkansas +5000
Oregon +5000
Tennessee +5000
Georgia +6600
Gonzaga +6600
Kentucky +6600
Iowa +8000
Iowa State +8000
Michigan +10000
Oregon State +10000
West Virginia +10000
Missouri State +15000
Northwestern +15000
Georgia Tech +20000
Michigan State +20000
Oklahoma State +20000
South Florida +20000
Syracuse +20000
Texas +20000
Virginia Tech +20000
Wake Forest +20000
Washington State +20000
Alabama +25000
Florida Gulf Coast +25000
Florida State +25000
Marquette +25000
North Carolina +25000
South Dakota +25000
South Dakota State +25000
UCF +25000
Beltmont +30000
Bradley +30000
Central Michigan +30000
Drexel +30000
Idaho State +30000
Lehigh +30000
Middle Tennessee +30000
Stephen F Austin +30000
Troy +30000
UC Davis +30000
VCU +30000
Wright State +30000
Wyoming +30000
High Point +50000
Jackson State +50000
Marist +50000
Mercer +50000
Mt St Mary’s +50000
North Carolia AT +50000
Stony Brook +50000
Utah Valley +50000

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