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How the public is betting South Carolina vs. Stanford in Women’s Final Four

Two of the four No. 1 seeds compete in what should be a battle of contrasting styles.

Aliyah Boston of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates her shot in the first half against the Texas Longhorns with teammate Brea Beal during the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Alamodome on March 30, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

It’s a clash of styles tonight as the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Stanford Cardinal in the national semifinal of the 2021 Women’s NCAA Tournament.

But how are the bettors looking at the matchup? We take a look at the odds and bet splits for a game between two coaching legends in Dawn Staley and Tara VanDerveer.

Against The Spread

South Carolina: +6 (32% of handle, 40% of bets)
Stanford: -6 (68% of handle, 60% of bets)

Is the public right?

Stanford has played a limited schedule this year against teams that haven’t had the length or defensive intensity of the Gamecocks. They still might be able to outscore the shooting-challenged USC, but this should be a close game considering the pace and grinding style of the Gamecocks. Aliyah Boston will present a challenge in the paint the Cardinal haven’t run into often this year in the Pac-12. We’ll fade the public and take the points.

Moneyline

South Carolina: +200 (27% of handle, 39% of bets)
Stanford: -250 (73% of handle, 61% of bets)

Is the public right?

Stanford’s efficiency on offense probably does carry the day in a close one, but we’d stay away here.

Point Total

Over: 133.5 (58% of handle, 52% of bets)
Under: 133.5 (42% of handle, 48% of bets)

Is the public right?

Heck no! South Carolina is going to do everything they can to limit possessions and defend. The Gamecocks held Texas without a single point the fourth quarter of their Elite Eight matchup, and won 62-34. They kept Oregon State to just 42.

Stanford is as talented offensively as any team in America, which should lead to the Gamecocks trying to take the air out of the ball and limiting to one contested shot on plenty of trips. We’re in for a rock fight.

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