It's National Championship day between the scorching hot Iowa Hawkeyes, fresh off one of the most memorable upsets in recent memory, and the LSU Tigers, a No. 3 seed that's also exceeded expectations to make it this far. Put frankly: not many had these two in the final dance.

Here's all you need to know about the game's biggest stars, and the bets that are available.

Iowa is the spread betting favorite

What is a spread bet?: A bet on who will win or lose and by how much.

How to win a spread bet on Iowa -3.5: Iowa would need to win the game by four or more points

How to win a spread bet on LSU +3.5: LSU would either need to win the game by any amount of points, or only lose by three or fewer points


The Tigers aren't used to losing: LSU has only lost two games this year, but the Hawkeyes have proven they can beat the best of the best — even the previously undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks.

Strategy: That three-point buffer could be very helpful for betting on LSU, however, if this game ends up close.

LSU is the underdog, making its moneyline bet more valuable

What is a moneyline bet?: A bet on who will win the game!

How to win a moneyline bet: Simply, the team you pick has to win the game, by any amount of points.


Betting Iowa's moneyline won't win you as much money: They're the favorite to win, so the risk isn't as high. At -175, a $10 bet would win $7.50 profit.

Betting LSU's moneyline would net more earnings: This is because the bet is considered to be riskier. At +150, a $10 bet would win $15 profit.

Iowa and LSU's over/under is set at 157

What is an over/under bet?: A bet on the combined score of two teams.

How to win this Iowa/LSU over bet: If both teams combine to score MORE than 157 points

How to win this Iowa/LSU under bet: If both teams combine to score FEWER than 157 points.


Iowa's tournament games have seen combined scores of: 138, 130, 164, 180 and 150 points. They play a fast tempo, but only twice have their game's point totals added past 157.

LSU's tournament games have seen combined scores of: 123, 108, 129, 96 and 151 points. The Tigers play at a slower pace, and aren't raining in threes at Iowa's rate.

Iowa's Caitlin Clark is going for a title, and for scoring records

Clark's second straight 41-point performance was too much, even for the undefeated 36-0 reigning champion South Carolina Gamecocks in the Final Four. She's been too much for... well, everyone so far. She's averaging 32.2 points per game in the tournament which is wild.

She's just 16 points shy of breaking Sheryl Swoopes' all-time tournament scoring record (177 points) and 24 points shy of breaking the all-time men's or women's record (184 points, Glen Rice).

The bet: Caitlin Clark to score OVER 33.5 points or UNDER 33.5 points.


Clark's getting her shots up, count on it: Clark took a season-high 31 shots on Friday, and chances are, she's going to shoot somewhere near that again as the team's best scorer in the biggest game of her career. She's only scored 34 points or more six times this season, but two of those teams have been in her last two outings.

LSU's Angel Reese is a double-double machine

Reese set an SEC record, logging her 33rd double-double of the season on Friday. In fact, she's double-doubled in every tournament game so far in the tournament, including 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Final Four.

The bet: Angel Reese to grab OVER 15.5 rebounds or UNDER 15.5 rebounds.


Reese's motor never stops: While her finishes around the rim are impressive, it's her rebounding numbers that make her stand out. She logged 18 in the Elite Eight and 24 in the Round of 32.

How to watch Iowa vs. LSU women's basketball

When: Sunday, April 2

Time: 3:30 pm ET

Watch: ABC

(Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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