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2024/25 Women's College Basketball Outright Odds

With South Carolina completing an undefeated season and earning its third national championship on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, now is a good time to evaluate the early 2024/25 championship chances of the nation’s best teams.

Coach Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks completed a magical 38-0 unbeaten season with an 87-75 victory over the Caitlin Clark-led Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.

This was South Carolina’s third national title since 2017 and the team has gone 109-3 with two championships in the past three years. The Gamecocks show no signs of stopping as long as Staley is at the helm.

Below is a very early look at the favorites to emerge victorious next April in Tampa, Florida.

2024/25 Women's College Basketball odds

South Carolina






NC State








Notre Dame


South Carolina +185

The Gamecocks joined Baylor and Stanford as three-time NCAA champions with its victory over Iowa.

Only UConn (11) and Tennessee (8) have more titles than South Carolina. The Gamecocks are the resounding early favorites to add to their trophy case next spring.

Staley loses leading scorer and rebounder Kamilla Cardoso (14.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg), who was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. That might be it.

MiLaysia Fulwiley (11.7 ppg) had a standout freshman season and could be the next Gamecocks star, while with Tessa Johnson, Raven Johnson, Bree Hall, and Te-Hina Paopao all potentially coming back, South Carolina would have a deep and loaded backcourt.

Ashlyn Watkins (9.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg), Chloe Kitts and Sania Feagin have the frontcourt taken care of and Staley adds top-30 recruits Joyce Edwards, Madisen McDaniel, and Adhel Tac.

UConn +400

After South Carolina, the Huskies may have had the best weekend despite getting knocked out in the semifinals.

Top-ranked recruit Sarah Strong, a 6-foot-2 power forward out of Sanford, North Carolina’s Grace Christian School, committed to coach Geno Auriemma and UConn, joining fellow Top-20 recruits Allie Ziebell and Morgan Cheli.

That’s great news for the Huskies’ future, as long as they can all stay healthy. Although the team finished 33-6 and reached the last four yet again, Aureimma’s squad featured six players who suffered season-ending injuries this year.

A healthy squad, led by national Player of the Year candidate Paige Bueckers (21.9 ppg), has as good a chance of knocking South Carolina off its perch as anyone. 

Connecticut does lose Aaliyah Edwards and Nika Muhl, but the stable is stocked in Storrs, providing everyone can stay on the court. 

LSU +525

It was a rocky season for the defending champion Tigers, despite a 31-6 record.

Star Angel Reese missed several games early in the season amid rumors she was suspended, then there was a nasty scuffle with South Carolina in the SEC tournament championship game that resulted in suspensions for a few players.

Meanwhile, coach Kim Mulkey was the subject of an in-depth Washington Post piece that was published during the tournament, and she threatened to sue the publication before the article was even released. 

After falling short in the final eight, Mulkey and the Tigers could use a breath of fresh air next season. Reese is gone and Hailey Van Lith has already transferred out after just one year in Baton Rouge.

As great as Reese is, this may be what the program needed moving forward. Aneesah Morrow (16.4 ppg, 10 rpg) and Flau’jae Johson (14.9 ppg) are expected to return, along with Mikaylah Williams (14.5 ppg).

A healthy return for Sa’Myah Smith (11.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg in just seven games) would also help. LSU is only bringing in one top-100 recruit, but if last offseason gave any indication, Mulkey and Co. will be active in the transfer portal.

NC State +1000

The Wolfpack had a magical season, finishing 31-7, reaching the ACC tournament championship game and advancing to the last four for the first time since 1998.

Emerging star Aziaha James (16.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Saniya Rivers (12.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.7 apg), and Zeo Brooks will be one of the top returning backcourts in the nation, especially with the addition of Top-20 recruit Zamareya Jones.

NC State does lose over 21 points and 13 rebounds in the frontcourt, with River Baldwin and Mimi Collins both moving on.

USC +1200

The Trojans took a giant leap forward in coach Lindsay Gottlieb’s third season.

USC won the Pac-12 tournament and advanced to the final eight for the first time in 30 years, spearheaded by All-American JuJu Watkins, the nation’s top-rated recruit who exploded on the scene with 27.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in her freshman season.

USC (29-6) loses a ton to graduation, with grad students Kayla Padilla, McKenzie Forbes and Kaitlyn Davis having exhausted their eligibility. However, a year after landing Watkins, Gottlieb has nabbed the top-ranked recruiting class, with six players listed as Top-100 recruits.

Kennedy Smith, a 6-foot-1 wing out of Etiwanda High School in California, is the headliner, but Avery Howell, Kayleigh Heckel, Vivian Iwuchukwu, Rian Forestier, and Laura Williams could all challenge for minutes next season.

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Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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