Wisconsin backers took bad beats at the end of both halves in its thrilling 84-83 overtime defeat to Florida Friday night. Check out the Sweet 16's most heartbreaking bets here.
Line: Gators -1; 1H -0.5
The 2017 NCAA Tournament’s first overtime game was equally its most thrilling and nerve-racking for bettors. Florida owned a 12-point lead with 4:15 left in regulation before the Badgers went on an improbable comeback. Leading 72-69 in the final seconds, Florida appeared to have the game and cover in hand before Wisconsin senior Zac Showalter drained a game-tying 3-pointer with less than 3 seconds left to send it to extra time. Gator backers were bummed.
Florida avenged the clutch shot with one of their own, however. Down 83-81 with four seconds left in overtime and no timeouts, Gator guard Chris Chiozza, in a series of five dribbles, zipped the ball the ball up the court, leaped from the arc as if jumping off a cliff, and launched up a miracle one-handed 3-point game winner as time expired.
If bettors picked up the Badgers for the first half only, they’re cursing doubly. Wisconsin twice fouled Florida players form downtown in the final minute. The Gators covered by a point thanks to inexcusable trips to the charity stripeGonzaga 61 – West Virginia 58
Line: Gonzaga -3
The game ended up pushing, but backers of both teams feel a tad burned after a bad, bad basketball game. Gonzaga ticket holders argue they deserve a winner after holding the Mountaineers to 22.6 percent from the floor. West Virginia bettors, on the otherhand, are still scratching their heads following an aimless 30-second possession to end the game. Down by three, head coach Bob Huggins’ men failed to find an easy bucket and send the game into a free-throw shooting contest with Jevon Carter determined to launch it from deep. The Zags stacked the arc, and Carter barely got off two well-defended shots before flailing for a third as time expired. It was selfish, uninspired, and ineffective play. Some pundits deemed it one of the worst possessions they had ever seen.Xavier 73 – Arizona 71
Tough beat for those on the OVER 145, which looked a shoe-in late. Arizona’s last point of the game was a Kadeem Allen lay-up with 2:52 remaining. The Wildcats went 0-5 from the field with a turnover in their final possessions. Ugh.