Louisville vs. South Carolina: 2022 NCAA Women’s Tournament Final Four Odds, How to Watch, More

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Mar 18, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks guard LeLe Grissett (24) and South Carolina Gamecocks forward Aliyah Boston (4) celebrate their win over the Howard Lady Bison at Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Women’s Tournament Final Four: Louisville Cardinals vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, April 1
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com


Tale of the Tape:

No. 1 LOU STAT No. 1 SC
ACC Conference SEC
29-4 Record 33-2
72.2 (29th) Points Per Game 71.3 (31st)
55.0 Points Allowed Per Game 51.7
0.6569 (5th) RPI 0.7122 (1st)
33rd Strength of Schedule 1st


Louisville leaders:

Feb 27, 2022; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Cardinals guard Hailey Van Lith (10) drives to the basket as Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Anaya Peoples (21) defends in the first half at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
  • Hailey Van Lith, G, SO: 14.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 36.4% 3PT
  • Emily Engstler, F, SR: 11.8 points, 9.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.7 SPG, 1.8 BPG


South Carolina leaders:

Mar 27, 2022; Greensboro, NC, USA; Gamecocks forward Aliyah Boston (4) looks underneath against the Creighton Bluejays in the third quarter in the Greensboro regional finals of the women’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports
  • Aliyah Boston, F, JR: 16.8 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.5 BPG, 54.2% FG
  • Destanni Henderson, G, SR: 11.1 points, 3.3 RPG, 3.9 APG, 38.9% 3PT


Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:


  • Spread: SC -8
  • SC Moneyline: -365
  • LOU Moneyline: +280
  • Over/Under: 121.5
  • Over/Under Trends: Two of South Carolina’s NCAA tournament games have gone over this total; however, those two were the most recent games. The two games in the NCAA tournament where South Carolina was involved in a game that didn’t cover this spread were in the first two rounds where opponents combined to score just 54 points against the Gamecocks. Three of Louisville’s games in the NCAA tournament have gone over this total, with the only one that failed to go over their last game in the Elite Eight against Michigan.


The Pick

  • The Gamecocks remain the favorite to win the NCAA tournament; however, their odds have gone from -150 before the tournament started to +160 entering the Final Four. Still, they have the best defense remaining in the tournament and were the 4th-best defense in the nation this year, allowing just 51.7 points on 33% shooting.
  • Both of these teams like to play inside, with the Gamecocks taking just 15.1 three-pointers per game, while the Cardinals take 16.8. That makes sense since two of the best players on the court are inside scorers. Aaliyah Boston is one of the best players in college basketball, with a 14-win share rating this year, while Emily Engstler is a likely top-10 pick in the WNBA draft.
  • However, Engstler will have her work cut out for her since Boston is one of the best interior defenders in the country and finished 15th in the nation with 2.5 blocks per game. Her 12.2 rebounds per game also ranked 5th in the country, so it will be tough for the Cardinals to get much going inside, but they will need to if they want to pull out a win.
  • Both teams can get a little careless with the ball, with the Cardinals averaging 14.4 turnovers a game, and the Gamecocks giving it away 14.6 times, so the team that can limit the mistakes will give itself a big leg up; however, this would seem to favor the Gamecocks’ stifling defense.

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