Although the UNC-Kentucky game ended on a last-second shot detrimental to the spread, fairly honest wagering was the theme in the 2017 Elite Eight. Here are a few losing bets over the weekend definitely toughest to swallow.
Line: Tar Heels -2
A handful of scenarios played out in the final two minutes of UNC’s thrilling 75-73 win over Kentucky, including a 12-0 Tar Heel run late, a few bricked free throws, some dagger 3-pointers by the Wildcats, and an inexcusable 5-second inbound infraction by Roy Williams’ squad with two timeouts available. In end, however, it was Luke Maye’s sneaker that burned bettors when it barely stood atop the arc on his game-winning jumper with .03 seconds left. Kudos to those snagging the hook; not necessarily a bad beat, but a collar-soaker for all for sure.
Perhaps the one wager bettors might cry wolf on was those risking the 1H UNDER. Fans literally booed the referees off the court at the break, following 20 called fouls through the firs 20 minutes. It sapped the pace out of an expected up-and-down affair. The Tar Heels led 38-33, falling just short of the over-under 76 points.Oregon 74 – Kansas 60
1H Total: 75
Some bettors were vigilant and snatched the hook at 75.5 points for the 1H total at some top-rated sports books. Nevertheless, in the end, it mattered not for those on the UNDER, as Tyler Dorsey drained two 3-pointers with 42 seconds to go before the break, making it 44-33 for the Ducks. “Mr. March,” as he is aptly named in Eugene, went 6-for-10 from deep, scoring 27 points in the upset. Dorsey has put up 20 points or more in his last seven games.
South Carolina 77 – Florida 70
Line: Gators ML (-160)
Let’s preface this entry by saying South Carolina stonewalled Florida on its final three possessions, so a missed call by the referees probably mattered little in the end. But like the overlooked goaltending infraction in the Northwestern-Gonzaga second round matchup, a blatant missed travel by the Gamecocks gave the Gators no chance for the outright win. South Carolina clung to a 70-68 lead with 53.7 second to play when Duane Notice cradled a dangerous full-court heave. Without putting the ball on the floor, the SEC Sixth Man of the Year took four or five steps before Florida guard Chris Chiozza was forced to foul him under the basket. We see this call ignored in the NBA all the time, but not during March Madness. Definitely a momentum crusher late for the Gators.
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