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7 things to know in women's college basketball


Published: 11/23/22
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November is one of the most chaotic sports months made even more time-consuming with the World Cup starting months later than usual. With men's college basketball, the NBA, NHL, and more, it's hard to keep up with everything!

So here's a quick catch-up for women's college hoops fans who are diving right back in this Thanksgiving.

1. Oh no, Tennessee

At 2-4, with losses to No. 14 Ohio State, No. 12 Indiana, and unranked UCLA and Gonzaga, the preseason No. 5 team is off the worst start in its history since 1981-82 under Pat Summit. And the Volunteers aren't just losing, they're getting crushed. They fell to the Bruins by 17!

The only good news for Tennessee fans is that despite the slow start, that 1982 team ended up in the Final Four.

Tennessee championship odds: +1000 (bet $10 to win $100)

2. Oh hell yes, UConn

Close your eyes UT fans, but the Huskies are off to a smokin' hot start. Azzi Fudd looks like one of the best players in the country averaging 31 points per game, the second most in the nation. Despite coming into the season ranked No. 6 — mostly because of the season-ending injury to Paige Bueckers — UConn, now ranked No. 3, has two wins over ranked opponents (No. 3 Texas and No. 10 NC State.)

UConn championship odds: +1000 (bet $10 to win $100)

3. Oh no, Texas

The preseason No. 3 has just two wins to its name in five games. The Longhorns racked up L's to No. 5 UConn, No. 6 Louisville and unranked Marquette. Yikes!

Texas championship odds: +1000 (bet $10 to win $100)

4. Oh hell yes, South Carolina

To the surprise of not one person, Dawn Staley and Aliyah Boston's Gamecocks are rolling right through their regular season schedule. Stanford gave a good fight in a 76-71 loss, but the 5-0 No. 1 team has rolled through everyone else by 25 points or more.

South Carolina championship odds: +135 (bet $10 to win $13.50)

5. Oh no, Louisville

It's been a bizarre start to the Cardinals' season labeled by loads of underproduction from... a lot of its depth. Despite a win over No. 3 Texas, Louisville's looked super sloppy losing to both unranked Gonzaga and South Dakota State (!?!) by double digits. Hailey Van Lith is scoring 21.2 points per game. Nobody else is in double digits.

Louisville championship odds: +2000 (bet $10 to win $200)

6. Oh hell yes, LSU

Sure, they haven't played any super tough competition, but new transfer Angel Reese has been otherworldly, double-doubling in five straight games for the 5-0 Tigers. In 25.8 minutes, she's averaging 23.2 points, 15.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.0 blocks. LSU has scored 100 or more points in every single game. Sheesh.

LSU championship odds: +5000 (bet $10 to win $500)

7. Oh no, Iowa

After an early Round of 32 knockout in last year's tournament, there are high expectations for Caitlin Clark's team. A narrow win over unranked Drake followed by an upset loss to unranked Kansas State didn't help. Fortunately, Clark's ankle turn wasn't as bad as it could've been.

Iowa championship odds: +1000 (bet $10 to win $100)


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