UConn such a favorite that betters have to be $900 to win $100

ByDarren Rovell ESPN logo
Thursday, March 17, 2016

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team is so much of a favorite that bettors who want to make $100 off them to win the title would have to bet $900.

The odds, posted by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, allow fans to make that bet on UConn or choose the field. A bet on any other team in the tournament is worth $600 per $100 bet should they prevail instead of the Huskies.

"Even with the odds we're giving, we don't expect to see big money betting against UConn," said the Westgate's Ed Salmons.

Salmons said that since the bet was posted on Tuesday, a total of $600 was bet -- all on the field to win.

ESPN's FiveThirtyEight site says that the Huskies have an absurd 95 percent chance of making the tournament game, 84 percent chance of making the title game and 70 percent chance of winning it all, which would make their fourth straight.

No Division I women's basketball team has ever won four basketball titles in a row. UConn has had two "Three-Peats" (2002-2004 and 2013-2015) and the Tennessee women won three in a row from 1996-1998.

The Huskies have won 69 straight games and have won 63 straight games played against teams in the American Athletic Conference by double digits.

The Huskies women's teams have previously had consecutive win streaks of 70 (2001-2003) and 90 (2008-2011).

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