As regular season college basketball winds to a close, March Madness is gearing up to lead postseason play to a dramatic finale. Not only can you cheer on the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers during their championship run, but now you can bet on the games too.
Here’s everything you need to know about betting on upcoming Lady Vols basketball matchups from Tennessee.
Betting on women’s college basketball in Tennessee
While the Tennessee men’s basketball program traditionally garners more attention than the women, the success predominately lies with the ladies.
The Lady Vols boasts 18 Final Four appearances and eight National Championship titles, whereas the men carry only one Elite Eight appearance to their name. You certainly won’t find as many betting options available for the gals, though.
Wagering on women’s college basketball is entirely legal in Tennessee, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at Volunteer State sportsbooks.
The majority of TN sports betting apps don’t offer the market whatsoever. Others have minimal options available — and you’ll have to do some hearty digging to find them.
So instead of making you search through them yourself, we’ve already done the hard work for you.
Tennessee sportsbooks with Lady Vols odds
Fewer than a handful of Tennessee operators are offering futures betting options for women’s college basketball. Even fewer consistently offer betting on individual matchups.
DraftKings Sportsbook TN is one of the state’s few operators to offer futures odds on the WNCAAB Championship, giving Tennessee +2500 odds of claiming the title behind five other teams.
Caesars Sportsbook TN is another book that currently has championship futures odds live. And while this operator situates the Vols behind six opponents, Tennessee’s odds fall to a shorter +1500.
FanDuel Tennessee currently offers the longest championship odds of any sportsbook, positioning Tennessee with a generous +3000 odds of claiming the title.
FanDuel also offers more futures betting variety than any other operator. For those that aren’t sold on the overall winner, there’s the option of betting on the conference championships, the Final Four and even on which conference the national champion will hail from.
These three books generally also offer odds on individual games, though they go live only one or two days before an upcoming matchup.
Tennessee Lady Vols betting options
The Lady Vols hit the court for their first SEC tournament game this Friday, March 4, at 9:30 p.m. ET. You can expect Tennessee sportsbooks to begin posting lines for this game soon after their opponent is revealed.
Once odds are live, we’ll have all the updated information for you right here.
While we wait, let’s look at the three primary college basketball betting options in Tennessee.
Want to place a bet that the Lady Vols are going to win their matchup? A moneyline bet — often called a straight bet — allows you to do just that. If Tennessee is favored in the faceoff, they’ll have a negative sign beside their odds. If they’re the underdog, they’ll have a positive sign. You can then use this number to calculate your potential return. For instance, -200 odds mean you’d have to wager $20 on Tennessee if you want to win $10. Likewise, +200 odds mean you’d have to bet $10 in order to profit $20.
Maybe you have a hunch that not only will the Lady Vols win, but they’ll pull away with a sizeable lead while doing so. Point spread bets let you wager on the number of points separating the two teams at the final buzzer. If Tennessee’s spread is set at -2.5, this means they’ll have to win by three or more points for you to win your wager.
Say you’re less concerned about the game’s winner and more interested in the total number of points scored during the matchup. With over/under betting, you decide whether the game’s total score will amount to more or less than the number posted by a sportsbook.
Prohibited women’s college basketball wagers
Betting on NCAA basketball isn’t exactly like betting on the NBA, though. Tennessee regulations prohibit certain wagers on college sports.
For instance, you won’t be able to place any prop bets on individual players. That means you can’t bet the over/under on Tess Darby’s total three-point attempts or the number of rebounds Tamari Key will claim during the game.
You’ll also want to make sure to place your bets before tipoff on college games. Live, in-game wagering on college sports is prohibited. This goes for betting on both individual players as well as for teams and the game overall.
Once a game starts, the betting stops.
Until then, download your favorite new Tennessee sports betting apps and lock in your Lady Vols futures bets.