South Carolina Enters Title Game As Heavy Favorite Against UConn

Written By Derek Helling on April 3, 2022

For sports bettors looking for UConn South Carolina odds, the situation is pretty clear. Canadian and US legal sportsbooks all expect the Gamecocks to win their second national title tonight.

For those bettors, the challenge becomes finding a decent return on wagers in the game. Looking at all the betting options, it’s a matter of how you think individual players will perform when the ball tips at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

UConn South Carolina odds: the traditional markets

South Carolina is a consensus strong favorite on the moneyline. The best odds as of Sunday morning on a Gamecocks win are at Bally Bet, which has South Carolina -175.

For those who believe the Huskies will overcome ultimately, Caesars has them +160. There is some variance in the point spread from an even four to 4.5 points.

On the point total, there is near uniformity. PointsBet strays from the norm with a total of 126 even for the game, but most of the other apps have a total of 125.5.

Given South Carolina’s defensive propensity in this tournament, the temptation might be to bet the under. Other markets could represent a better value, however.

Game props for South Carolina vs. UConn

In some states, prop bets on college sports and/or collegiate athletes’ individual performances are illegal. This includes Iowa and Tennessee. Other states like Illinois and Pennsylvania allow such wagers, though.

In those places, books are taking advantage of the opportunity. At DraftKings, for example, bettors can wager on Paige Bueckers‘ total points for the game. A bet on her scoring at least 25 points tonight offers +375 odds.

FanDuel and PointsBet also have player props in the relevant markets. At those and other books, prop bets that have broader appeal are available.

For instance, BetMGM has a bet on which team will be the first to score 10 points. Bettors can get +100 odds on the Huskies getting to 10 points first among many other options.

At BetRivers and SugarHouse, there are some ready-made parlays. One of the options there is a moneyline and total combo. Bettors can get +190 on South Carolina winning and Over 125.5 among other choices.

For bettors in Connecticut cheering for the home team, there are a few legal options for sports wagering in the state. That isn’t the case for local Gamecocks fans, though.

Local betting options for Gamecocks, Huskies fans

Connecticut is among the states with legal online and retail sportsbooks. Among the online options there are:

  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • PlaySugarHouse

At all three of those books, bets on this game are available. While Connecticut law does ban wagering on in-state collegiate teams during their regular seasons, tournaments like March Madness are an exception.

Connecticutters are better off today than South Carolinians. Their best legal options all involve traveling out of the state. Neighboring North Carolina does offer in-person sports wagering at the tribal casinos within that state.

Alternatively, the closest state with legal online betting is Tennessee. As previously mentioned, however, you won’t find any markets on a double-double for Aaliyah Boston or anything like that.

No matter how you wager or if you wager, this game is sure to be a classic given the talent on both teams. The most surefire way to win tonight is to gamble responsibly.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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