After Historic First Four, 2022 March Madness Pushes Into Opening Women’s Round Of 64 Games

Written By Derek Helling on March 18, 2022

So far, legal US sportsbooks haven’t missed on their 2022 March Madness moneylines for the women’s side. Each of their favorites in that round ended up winning. We’ll see if that continues on Friday when the first 16 Round of 64 games drop.

The tourney’s top overall seed, the South Carolina Gamecocks, is in action this afternoon against one of those First Four winners. Also set to appear is South Carolina’s potential Elite Eight date, the Iowa Hawkeyes. Those games might not represent the best betting value today, though.

2022 March Madness opens up the women’s Round of 64

Two of the tournament’s top seeds will play today. Besides the Gamecocks, the Stanford Cardinal is in action tonight as well. Because of all the top seeds in action today, there are some gigantic spreads.

Legal US sports betting apps have the Gamecocks as a beyond massive favorite. Bally Bet, for example, has South Carolina by 43.5 points over the Howard Bison.

It’s up to you whether you think Howard can upset that huge spread. It isn’t alone in terms of impressive size, though. BetMGM has Stanford a 32.5-point favorite. BetRivers and SugarHouse slot the Louisville Cardinals as a favorite by 33.5 points.

Those huge spreads come with small point totals in places. The total for the Bison vs. Gamecocks at FanDuel is 123.5, for example. Caesars has Louisville and the Albany Great Danes combining to produce 111.5 points.

A part of the reason for the Sasquatch-esque spreads and tiny totals is the star power on the court today. While Aaliyah Boston and Caitlin Clark get the headlines, there are plenty of other faces and names that knowledgeable bettors are familiar with in action like Texas Longhorns guard Aliyah Matharu.

When and where can you catch them in action and watch to see if your bets pay off? All that information is below.

How to watch Friday’s women’s Round of 64 games

All of today’s games are available on the ESPN family of networks. Specifically, the involved channels are:

  • ESPN flagship
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNNews

Tip-off for the first game of the day, Miami vs. South Florida, happens at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Here’s the rest of the schedule with all times Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

  • Ole Miss vs. South Dakota, 1:30 p.m., ESPN2
  • Colorado vs. Creighton, 1:30 p.m., ESPNNews
  • South Carolina vs. Howard, 2 p.m., ESPN
  • Virginia Tech vs. Florida Gulf Coast, 2:30 p.m., ESPNU
  • Nebraska vs. Gonzaga, 3:30 p.m., ESPNNews
  • Baylor vs. Hawai’i, 4 p.m., ESPN2
  • Iowa vs. Illinois State, 4 p.m., ESPN
  • Maryland vs. Delaware, 5 pm. ESPNU
  • Utah vs. Arkansas, 5:30 p.m., ESPNNews
  • Louisville vs. Albany, 6 p.m., ESPN2
  • Kansas vs. Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
  • Georgia vs. Dayton, 7:30 p.m., ESPNNews
  • Texas vs. Fairfield, 8 p.m., ESPN2
  • Stanford vs. Montana State, 10 p.m., ESPN2
  • Iowa State vs. UT Arlington, 10 p.m., ESPNU

DraftKings is also offering lines for games today on its app in addition to the other aforementioned sportsbooks. Besides the traditional game lines, a few of those books have other markets available for the games.

Game props for Friday’s contests at sportsbooks

BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars, FanDuel, and SugarHouse are all offering some props on individual games Friday. Most of those revolve around simply presenting the traditional lines in a different way.

For example, BetRivers and SugarHouse both have bets combining the moneylines and totals or the spreads and totals for a potentially bigger return. You can get +215 on Miami to beat South Florida and Under 111 points in the game, for instance.

FanDuel offers team totals for the games. Taking today’s first game as an example, FanDuel has Miami’s total at 55.5 points and South Florida’s at 56.5 points. You can also bet on a Winning Margin market there. Keeping with the example, FanDuel is offering +410 on the Bulls winning by 1-5 points.

At Caesars, you’ll find the tried and true Odd or Even score market for each game. Another thing that is tried and true is playing responsibly. Enjoy the games and remember that Saturday brings another slate of 16 more 2022 March Madness contests if you don’t like the lines on any of today’s affairs.

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Derek Helling is the assistant managing editor of PlayUSA and the managing editor of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of the gambling industry with business, the law, and technology.

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