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LSU and UConn lead preseason odds for March Madness 2024

Alexis Morris and her LSU teammates celebrate after winning the 2023 NCAA championship. (C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Defending champion LSU basketball is the odds-on favorite to win another NCAA title this upcoming season.

The Tigers lead the pack both on FanDuel Sportsbook (+230) and DraftKings Sportsbook (+300). UConn comes in just behind them, at +600 on FanDuel and +500 on DraftKings, even after the Huskies snapped their Final Four streak in 2023.

LSU and UConn also hold No. 1 seeds in ESPN’s preseason bracketology. In the 2023 edition of March Madness, LSU entered with a No. 3 seed, and UConn with a No. 2 seed.

While 2023 runner-up Iowa sits immediately behind LSU and UConn in the betting odds, at +800 on FanDuel and +900 on DraftKings, ESPN projects Iowa as a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State and UCLA are the other two top seeds in the preseason prediction.

South Carolina entered the 2023 postseason as the No. 1 overall seed and as a huge favorite for the title. But after losing their entire starting lineup, the Gamecocks are fifth in championship odds on DraftKings (+1100), sixth on FanDuel (+1300) and a No. 2 seed in ESPN’s bracketology.

NCAA women’s basketball: 2024 national championship odds

These are the top 16 teams in betting odds for the 2024 national championship, as listed by FanDuel Sportsbook on Oct. 31.

  • LSU (+230)
  • UConn (+600)
  • Iowa (+800)
  • Utah (+1100)
  • Indiana (+1100)
  • South Carolina (+1300)
  • Stanford (+1300)
  • UCLA (+1700)
  • Ohio State (+1700)
  • Notre Dame (+1700)
  • Maryland (+2700)
  • Tennessee (+2700)
  • Texas (+2700)
  • Ole Miss (+5000)
  • Duke (+5000)
  • Baylor (+5000)