Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Betting Preview

March 18, 2024

It was a season for record-breaking in women’s college basketball. Multiple scoring records fell, as did records for television viewership. And now we all turn our attention to what is sure to be an incredible Women’s NCAA Division I Tournament, with the chance for more records.

First Four

The first “First Four” was played on the men’s side in 2011. The women expanded their field in 2022, and since then they’ve also been playing the First Four.

We start things off for the women on Wednesday, with Sacred Heart and Presbyterian playing for the right to be the 16-seed that plays South Carolina in the Round of 64. South Carolina is the runaway favorite to win the entire tournament – college basketball online sportsbooks have them at -120, and the winner on Wednesday night is in for a rough Friday.

Also tipping off on Wednesday is Vanderbilt and Columbia, playing for the right to be a 12-seed. The Commodores are in their first tournament in 10 years, and Columbia, which began playing in the Ivy League in 1986, is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

On Thursday, the two games feature Auburn and Arizona playing for the 11-seed, and Holy Cross and Tennessee Martin playing for a 16-seed. The winner of Auburn-Arizona will play Syracuse on Saturday. The Holy Cross-Tennessee Martin winner gets No. 1 seed Iowa.

Caitlin Clark set multiple records this year, including most three-pointers made in one season. The record for career three-pointers made is 537 and held by Taylor Robertson. Iowa online sportsbooks are taking bets on when Clark, who has 520, will break the record and hit three-pointer 538. The betting favorite is the Elite 8, at +200. If she can get there by the second round, the payout is +5000.

Albany 1 Region

As mentioned already, South Carolina is the overwhelming favorite to cut down the nets in Cleveland and win the National Championship. They have an entirely new starting lineup from last year, and they are actually better than last year’s Final Four team.

They are first in the nation in defense, second overall in offense, and they are a perfect 32-0. Notre Dame is the No. 2 seed in the region, and Indiana online sportsbooks have the Irish a distant +4500 to win the tournament.

Albany 2 Region

Iowa is the No. 1 seed in the Albany 2 Region, which includes No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 LSU, and No. 4 Kansas. It’s a tough bracket for the Hawkeyes, and if they do make it back to the Final Four, it will be well-earned. UCLA is one of the deepest teams in the country, and LSU is the defending champion. If things go as planned for the Hawkeyes and Tigers, we’ll see the Caitlin Clark-Angel Reese rematch, with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

Portland 3 Region

USC is the top seed in the Portland 3 Region, and they face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the first round. Freshman JuJu Watkins finished as the nation’s second-leading scorer, only trailing Clark. Also in the region is UConn, who, despite losing five players to season-ending injuries, are once again in the national championship conversation. The 11-time national champion is paying +1600 to win another title at Connecticut online sportsbooks.

Portland 4 Region

The final region is Portland 4, and the Texas Longhorns are the top seed. Even after losing point guard Rori Harmon to a torn ACL in December, Texas still managed to win the Big 12 and earn a top seed. Stanford is the two-seed, and they were in the running for the No. 1 until the final day. 

BetUS.com has Clark as the big favorite to win WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2024, paying +400. But if she doesn’t, Stanford’s Cameron Brink is a likely candidate. She was an NCAA champion in 2021, she has twice been the Pac-12 Player of the Year, and most WNBA online sportsbooks have the Los Angeles Sparks selecting her with the No. 2 overall pick in the WNBA Draft, just behind Clark.

Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Betting Preview

March 18, 2024

After a great week of conference tournament action, and a final goodbye to the Pac-12 conference, the Men’s NCAA Tournament field is set. On Tuesday, the first of 67 games tips off.

First Four

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we have the First Four, as eight teams compete in four games for the right to play in the final field of 64 teams.

The first game on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, is between Wagner and Howard. The winner will be the 16th seed in the West Region and play No. 1 seed North Carolina on Thursday. Wagner is in the tournament for the first time in 21 years, while Howard was a 16-seed last year and lost to Kansas.

The second game Tuesday night is for the 10th seed in the Midwest, as Virginia takes on Colorado State. BetUS.com has the Rams of CSU two-point favorites to advance to the first round on Thursday and play the 7th-seeded Texas Longhorns.

Wednesday’s games feature two other similar battles – Grambling and Montana State play as 16-seeds, with the winner playing the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, Purdue. Colorado and Boise State are 10-seeds, and the winner there will play No. 7 Florida in the South. Grambling is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since moving to Division I. The Bobcats of Montana State are in the Big Dance for the third straight year.

Final Four Betting Odds

Purdue is the top seed in the Midwest, and college basketball online sportsbooks have the Boilermakers as the heavy favorite to win the region. They are paying +165, while No. 2 seed Tennessee is at +350. The Creighton Blue Jays are the No. 3 seed, and they are +400 to make the Final Four. Kansas is the four-seed and Gonzaga is the five, but it is the Bulldogs who have the fourth-shortest odds in the region at +700.

North Carolina is the top seed in the West Region. However, the newly opened online sportsbooks in the Tar Heel State do not have them as the favorites to advance to the Final Four. UNC is second at +230, and Arizona is first at +190. The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 matchups for the West Region take place at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

Baylor is the third-seed and pays +700. Alabama is No. 4 and paying +900 to make a Final Four run.

The defending champion Connecticut Huskies are the top seed in the East Region, and they are big favorites to win it, paying +105. Auburn is the No. 4 seed, and their odds for the Final Four are +380. Iowa State is the two seed, but Iowa retail sportsbooks have them as the third-most likely team to advance. A Final Four bet on the Cyclones pays +400. Illinois, the three seed, is +750.

To no one’s surprise, the Houston Cougars were given the top seed in the South, and they are favorites to win the region at +140. Duke is next, with No. 2 seed Marquette trailing them. Wisconsin retail sportsbooks have the Golden Eagles at +550 and the Blue Devils at +450, despite Duke being just the fourth seed. Kentucky is the No. 3 seed and they are paying +700.

Five versus Twelve Upset

When you fill out your bracket this week, you do have to pick at least one No. 12 seed to beat a No. 5 seed. Otherwise your bracket is incomplete. Or at least ignoring the history of this matchup.

The No. 12 seed is 53-99 all-time in the first round, which is a winning percentage of .349, and at least one 12-seed has won in 17 of the last 22 tournaments.

Bovada.lv provides the odds for the four matchups this year:

No. 12 McNeese State vs. No. 5 Gonzaga (-6.5)

No. 12 UAB vs. No. 5 San Diego State (-6.5)

No. 12 Grand Canyon vs. No. St. Mary’s (-5)

No. 12 James Madison vs. No. 5 Wisconsin (-4.5)

Along with the bookmakers rating James Madison with the best chance for the upset, so do the numbers. JMU is one of just four teams this year to win 30 games – they finished the season 31-3. They also head into the first round matchup with the Badgers on a 13-game win streak.

Premier League Betting Preview: Who you got this weekend?

Liverpool and Man City picked up midweek wins to keep the Premier League title race extremely interesting.

With the Reds in EFL Cup final action on Sunday, City and third-placed Arsenal have the chance to cut Liverpool’s lead with wins this weekend.

City travel to Bournemouth on Saturday evening, while Arsenal host Newcastle a few hours later.

Elsewhere, there’s a huge game at the bottom as Crystal Palace host Burnley in Oliver Glasner’s first match in charge of the Eagles. Will he make a winning start?

As always, we’ll have great offers on all the action, including Nicole Holliday’s picks, Enhanced Odds and much more. And, if you’ve not used it already, don’t forget your Epic Boost is available before you get a new one on Sunday.

To get you ready, let’s look at three of this weekend’s Premier League matches… 

Brighton v Everton

Amex Stadium

Saturday, 24th February @ 15:00

Brighton crushed 10-man Sheffield Utd 5-0 last weekend. Will they be too strong for another struggling side when they host Everton? The Seagulls are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League home games (W5 D5).

Everton continue to look over their shoulders after a dreadful run of form. The Toffees are on the longest winless run in the division (8) and haven’t scored in their last three away games. Get 23/10 on a Brighton win to nil.

All might not be lost for Everton, though. The 11/4 odds on an away win could be worth a look. The home side hasn’t won any of the last six Premier League meetings between these two sides, with Everton winning on their last two visits to the Amex.

With Everton’s form and Brighton’s thirst for goals, it might be worth considering the 9/4 on the Seagulls scoring three or more. Nine of their 10 league wins this season have seen them score at least three times.

If Everton are to score in this one, a corner looks to be their best chance. Only Arsenal (11) have scored more from corners than the Toffees (10) this season. Dwight McNeil is their main corner-taker, registering three assists from them. Get 9/2 on the winger getting another.

Arsenal v Newcastle

Emirates Stadium

Saturday, 24th February @ 20:00

After their surprising late defeat to Porto in the Champions League, Arsenal will hope to bounce back and stay in touch with Liverpool and Man City in the title race.

The Gunners welcome Newcastle to the Emirates, a fixture they have dominated in recent years (W10 D1). It’s 8/5 Arsenal win and both teams score.

Newcastle got the better of Mikel Arteta’s side in November, winning 1-0 thanks to Anthony Gordon’s second-half strike. They’ve not done the double over Arsenal since 1994/95 and are 6/1 to do so this weekend.

Bukayo Saka is sure to play a key role for Arsenal. He’s been on fire recently. Get 5/4 on Saka to score at any time and 7/4 on him to get an assist. The England forward has scored six goals in his last four games, netting back-to-back braces against West Ham and Burnley.

Should Gordon net in this game he would become just the second player to score home and away against Arsenal in a single Premier League season after Peter Beardsley. Gordon is 8/1 to score the first or last goal.

Wolves v Sheff Utd

Molineux

Sunday, 25th February @ 13:30

Things are not looking good for Sheffield Utd. The Blades are rooted to the bottom of the table and don’t seem to be able to stop the goals going in.

It’s 9/1 on Wolves scoring over 4.5 goals in the match. No side has lost more Premier League games by a margin of 5+ goals in a single season than the Blades (5 – equal with Derby in 2007/08).

So, how will they fare at Molineux? Well, Wolves are unbeaten in their last eight home games against Sheffield Utd (W4 D4). They’re odds on to win, while the Blades are 5/1 to claim three points.

However, the Blades have only led for 183 minutes this season and Wes Foderingham has only kept one clean sheet, while conceding 63 goals. Wolves to win to nil is 6/4.

Joao Gomes netted twice in Wolves’ 2-1 win at Spurs last weekend. He’s 11/2 to score at any time. Pedro Neto set up Gomes’ second, his ninth assist of the season. We’ll pay out at 7/4 if he moves into double figures.

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Jamie O’Hara and Jose Enrique’s Premier League Matchweek 23 Preview

The Premier League is back this weekend, with the Gameweek 23 fixtures including some belters from Saturday onwards.

Grosvenor Sport ambassadors Jamie O’Hara and Jose Enrique put two of the key fixtures under the microscope, giving their insights on Everton versus Tottenham, and Arsenal versus Liverpool.

Watch the full episode of The Counter Attack with Jamie O’Hara and Jose Enrique.

 

Everton v Tottenham

 

Jamie:

I think this will be a very even game. Tottenham did well to bounce-back against Brentford in the week, they started playing their free-flowing football again. I think Brentford striker Neil Maupay had something to do with the Tottenham awakening – he added fuel to the fire when doing James Maddison’s goal celebration and it injected some energy into the Tottenham team.

Everton desperately need to start winning games. They most recently drew to Fulham away 0-0, where Jordan Pickford had a cracker of a game. I’m going to go for a draw, I think that this will be a difficult fixture for Spurs, especially with the added motivation for Everton having just dropped into the relegation zone.

Tottenham 1-1 6/1

 

Jose:

Both of these teams played okay in their midweek games. Tottenham obviously came behind to win against Brentford, but I do think that they were very poor in the first half. If Tottenham start slow away at Everton in the early kick-off, they could be trailing before they know it. I expect Goodison Park to be up for this game and the fans motivating the team.

This game is a recipe to have lots of goals and I think it will be close come the final whistle. Out of the two teams, I think Everton showed more solidarity in the defensive third against Fulham than Tottenham did against Brentford. For that reason, I think Everton will just clinch it.

Everton 3-2 20/1

 

Arsenal v Liverpool

 

Jamie:

This is a massive game for both teams and a big moment in the Premier League season. I think if Liverpool put in a performance like they did against Chelsea, then they will win this too – they were fantastic. They have so much attacking threat, even without Mohamed Salah – Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez are electric! Nunez is one of my favourite players to watch at the moment. If Liverpool win this decisively, I put them as my favourites to win the Premier League this year, But Arsenal over the last few seasons have a knack of showing up and putting in performances in big moments. This one is too close to call, so I’m going to have to sit on the fence.

Draw 2-2 11/1

 

Jose:

I am pretty confident that Liverpool will have too much t for Arsenal across the pitch. I don’t think Chelsea troubled Liverpool at all midweek, so it will be interesting to see how Liverpool fare against a more in-form and talented side. I expect Trent Alexander-Arnold will start but Conor Bradley has been superb. It will be a great game for the neutral with lots of intensity and I think Liverpool will nick it.

Liverpool 1-2 9/1

 

Predictions:

 

Everton v Tottenham

Jamie: Draw 13/5

Jose: Everton 19/10

 

Brighton v Crystal Palace

Jamie: Brighton 11/20

Jose: Brighton 11/20

 

Burnley v Fulham

Jamie: Fulham 13/10

Jose: Fulham 13/10

 

Newcastle v Luton

Jamie: Newcastle 7/20

Jose: Newcastle 7/20

 

Sheffield Utd v Aston Villa

Jamie: Sheffield Utd 22/5

Jose: Aston Villa 13/25

 

Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest

Jamie: Draw 29/10

Jose: Bournemouth 13/20

 

Chelsea v Wolves

Jamie: Wolves 4/1

Jose: Draw 3/1

 

Manchester Utd v West Ham

Jamie: Manchester United 7/10

Jose: West Ham 16/5

 

Arsenal v Liverpool

Jamie: Draw 5/2

Jose: Liverpool 9/5

 

Brentford v Manchester City

Jamie: Manchester City 4/11

Jose: Manchester City 4/11

O’Hara and Enrique’s Premier League Matchweek 11 Preview

After providing five of the top 10 at this week’s Ballon d’Or ceremony, the Premier League continues with its 11th round of fixtures this weekend.

Grosvenor Sport ambassadors Jamie O’Hara and Jose Enrique give their insight on three of the weekend’s key fixtures, including Fulham versus Manchester United, Newcastle versus Arsenal, and Monday’s all-London affair between Tottenham and Chelsea.

Watch the full episode of The Counter Attack with Jamie O’Hara and Jose Enrique here.
Fulham v Manchester United

Jamie O’Hara:

This is a big game for Manchester United and one that they can’t afford to lose – if they do, I think Erik ten Hag comes under some serious pressure.

We might actually be being a bit harsh on United because they’re only two points behind Newcastle, so if they win this one and Newcastle lose to Arsenal – which is definitely possible – then they’ll go above them.

Fulham have been really average this season, especially in comparison with how impressed I was by them last season. Without Aleksandar Mitrovic they’re really struggling for goals.

Although they’re away from home, I don’t think it will be too difficult for United to keep Fulham quiet. Rasmus Hojlund is one who needs to start scoring and I think this is a good opportunity for him.

Score prediction: Fulham 0 – 2 Manchester United (10/1)

Anytime goalscorer: Rasmus Hojlund (33/20)

Jose Enrique:

With United playing away from home this will be a tough game for them. It’s difficult to see them getting anything better than a draw out of this game with the way they are playing at the moment. I haven’t been impressed with their performances of late.

Fulham haven’t been great this season but they have the home advantage and I actually believe that this is a good opportunity for them to get at least a point out of Manchester United. I like the look of Hojlund, but even if he is on form, I don’t think United will have enough to get more than a point out of this game.

Score prediction: Fulham 1 – 1 Manchester United (5.4/1)

Anytime goalscorer: Rasmus Hojlund (33/20)

Newcastle v Arsenal

Jose Enrique:

What a game this is! With it being at St. James’ Park, I think this will be a tough test for Arsenal even if their league form has been good. It’s a difficult one to call.

As a home stadium, not many come close to St. James’ Park and I think it could make a huge difference in such a big game like this, like we saw in the Champions League when they beat PSG just a few weeks ago.

It is going to be a very close game but I think home advantage just gives Newcastle the edge over Arsenal in this one. Arsenal are in great form in the league, but it is a tough place for any team to go and get a point when the stadium is really rocking.

Score prediction: Newcastle 2 – 1 Arsenal (9/1)

Anytime goalscorer: Callum Wilson (17/10)

Jamie O’Hara:

It’s games like this where I think the league gets really interesting, when the big teams go head-to-head. Newcastle need a big result in this one and being at home will certainly help them.

Gabriel Jesus might come back in here but Eddie Nketiah has been in top form and is starting to show how good of a player he is. For me, he isn’t good enough to lead a title-winning attack just yet because he needs to show it against the really top teams.

Nketiah will want to prove a few people wrong and produce the good against the likes of Newcastle. I think Arsenal have got what it takes to beat Newcastle, but it is such a tough place to go and win, so I think it will be hard for either side to take all three points.

Score prediction: Newcastle 2 – 2 Arsenal (12/1)

Anytime goalscorer: Eddie Nketiah (23/10)

Tottenham v Chelsea

Jamie O’Hara:

This is another massive game and I can’t wait for it, because I think this is Tottenham’s best opportunity for a while to really batter Chelsea. I think they can really go after Chelsea, who just don’t look confident at the moment.

IAnge Postecoglou is the real deal and he has gotten rid of the ‘Spursy’ title which was looming over Tottenham in previous years. The players are on side, they’re confident, and they’ve got a bit of arrogance about them.

I think Tottenham will be licking their lips looking at this Chelsea side and think, ‘here we go, it’s dinner time!’ I reckon Tottenham are going to batter Chelsea on Monday and win the game comfortably.

Score prediction: Tottenham 3 – 1 Chelsea (15/1)

Anytime goalscorer: James Maddison (2/1)

Jose Enrique:

Tottenham are very good at the moment, I love the way they play and I love watching them. The way things are at the moment, I think they are too good for Chelsea.

At one point I think everything will eventually click for Chelsea and they will do well, but at the moment, they are just not showing what they’re capable of, whereas Spurs look happy and confident when they are playing every week.

Spurs are flying at the moment and I just can’t see Chelsea even coming close to getting anything out of this game because they are just not performing to the level that they should be at the moment.

Score prediction: Tottenham 3 – 0 Chelsea (17/1)

Anytime goalscorer: Heung-min Son (11/8)

 

GW11 Predictions

Fulham v Manchester United

Jose Enrique: Draw

Jamie O’Hara: Manchester United

 

Brentford v West Ham

Jose Enrique: Draw

Jamie O’Hara: Draw

 

Burnley v Crystal Palace

Jose Enrique: Draw

Jamie O’Hara: Draw

 

Everton v Brighton

Jose Enrique: Brighton

Jamie O’Hara: Brighton

 

Manchester City v Bournemouth

Jose Enrique: Manchester City

Jamie O’Hara: Manchester City

 

Sheffield United v Wolves

Jose Enrique: Wolves

Jamie O’Hara: Wolves

 

Newcastle v Arsenal

Jose Enrique: Newcastle

Jamie O’Hara: Draw

 

Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa

Jose Enrique: Aston Villa

Jamie O’Hara: Draw

 

Luton v Liverpool

Jose Enrique: Liverpool

Jamie O’Hara: Liverpool

 

Tottenham v Chelsea

Jose Enrique: Tottenham

Jamie O’Hara: Tottenham

Premier League Preview: Who you got on MW3?

Two games into the Premier League season and it’s Brighton who are the early pacesetters after comfortable wins over Luton and Wolves.

The Seagulls are one of three sides with two wins out of two so far, the others being last season’s title rivals Man City and Arsenal.

Who will still have a 100% record by the end of MW3? Brighton host West Ham, City visit Sheffield United and Arsenal face Fulham.

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To get you ready, let’s take a look at three of the standout Premier League fixtures…

Chelsea v Luton

Stamford Bridge

Friday, 25th August @ 20:00

Luton’s introduction to Premier League life was a tough one as Brighton cruised past them 4-1 on the opening weekend. It doesn’t get any easy for the Hatters, though, as they travel to Chelsea on Friday night.

Rob Edwards’ side didn’t play in MW2 as their Kenilworth Road ground undergoes improvement work, so he’s had plenty of time to prepare them for a trip to Stamford Bridge.

Will they find a way to breach the Chelsea defence? It’s EVS that both teams score in the match. The Blues haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games.

Raheem Sterling could be one to watch. Since the start of the 2020/21 season, Sterling has scored 11 goals in 15 games against newly-promoted sides. Sterling is 7/2 to open his account for season with the opening goal against Luton.

Everton v Wolves

Goodison Park

Saturday, 26th August @ 15:00

We may only be two games in, but Everton v Wolves is already being touted as a ‘six-pointer’ by some after both sides made losing starts to the season.

After defeat to Fulham on the opening weekend, Everton were beaten 4-0 by Aston Villa last Sunday. The Toffees are bottom on goal difference, with only one goal separating them and Wolves. Everton are 13/10 to claim all three points, while an away win is 21/10 and the draw is 23/10.

Last season saw stoppage-time goals at the end of both games. They earned Wolves three points at Goodison and Everton a point at Molineux. It’s 5/2 there’s a goal in Saturday’s match between the 86th minute and full time.

Newcastle v Liverpool

St James’ Park

Sunday, 27th August @ 16:30

Fancy Newcastle to bounce back from their defeat to Man City and end Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season? The Magpies are 23/20 to win at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League encounters with Newcastle (W9 D4) and took six points off the Magpies last season. The Reds scored twice in both matches last term, they’re 5/2 to net exactly twice this weekend.

Alexander Isak scored a consolation at Anfield last August. He started this season on fire with a double against Aston Villa at St James’ on the opening weekend. We’ll pay out at 2/1 if Isak adds to his tally with the first or last goal of the game.

 

 

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Andrea Atzeni: Goodwood Final Day Preview

Tides Of War – 14:25 Goodwood

It was hard work getting through the ground on Thursday, but it was nice that Vandeek was able to get the job done in the Richmond, and it was a nice pot to win. He’s got lots of potential. The ground was drying out which made it fairly testing, but they are due a bit more rain on Saturday which actually should help. Tides Of War has been a bit disappointing but he did run very well at the track the time before last when he was third to the subsequent Ascot Gold Cup winner, Courage Mon Ami, which is obviously very decent form. He’s won on very soft ground in France, but I think he probably prefers better ground so if it’s dried out a little it will help. It’s one of those handicaps that is just very open, but he does stay the distance.

Ghara – 15:00 Goodwood

On ratings she has a bit to find, but I ride her in the mornings, and she has improved a lot. She is running with a hood on and is stepping up to a mile and six, but the one thing I would say is because she is quite light on her feet, she wouldn’t want the ground too slow, so it all depends on the weather. I think she can out-run her odds because she does work good with another couple of nice fillies from the yard, so I think she has improved. It would be nice to finish in the frame and pick up some black type with her.

Aberama Gold – 15:35 Goodwood

Ideally on slow ground you’d want to be drawn high, but as the ground is drying out it’s probably more important to be drawn where the pace is. I am drawn in the middle, and they will definitely split in to two groups, so I can go either side. He won a big handicap at York last time and he’s a good spare ride to get under a penalty. He’s in form, handles any ground, and he should have a good chance, but it’s obviously always very competitive.

Have a great weekend,

Andrea

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