Oklahoma State Backdoor Cover Tops First Round Bad Beats

Michigan vs.Oklahoma State game

Jay Pryce

Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:51 PM GMT

Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017 6:51 PM GMT

The thrilling Michigan-Oklahoma State game on Friday presented a bad beat for the ages with a backdoor cover off a last-second, "meaningless" 3-pointer. Here's a list of the 2017 NCAA Tournament's first round's most painful ticket rippers.

No. 7 Michigan 92 – No. 10 Oklahoma State 91

Line: Wolverines -2.5

Oh, the agony! Michigan backers missed the cover by a “useless” NBA-length 3-pointer at the buzzer by Jawun Evans in a 92-91 victory over Oklahoma State. To pour salt in the wound, the final 59 seconds took over 14 minutes to complete following a series of timeouts, intentional fouls, and the like. For Wolverine ticket holders, it felt like an eternity up 86-79 with less than a minute to go. CG Technology’s Matthew Holt tweeted: ““Trust me that 3-pointer was anything but meaningless and was a six figure swing at our books alone.” Sharps were buried and sports books saved in the day’s most heavily bet game.

 

No. 8 Northwestern 68 – No. 9 Vanderbilt 66

Line: Commodores -2

Fox Sports 1 blowhard Skip Bayless unfairly blasted Matthew Fisher-Davis on Twitter for an “incomprehensible mental mistake” when the guard purposely fouled Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh with 17 seconds remaining despite Vanderbilt clutching to a 1-point lead. Most Commodore backers were cursing as well. Still, there was plenty of time on the clock for Northwestern to set up a go-ahead play, and Vanderbilt’s win probability was roughly 50 percent at the time of the infraction. The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton argued the intentional foul actually increased the Commodores win chances by a few percentage points. Nonetheless, the play went against conventional basketball wisdom, and a ripped up ticket is a ripped up ticket. Curses!

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No. 6 Maryland 65 – No. 11 Xavier 76

Total: 142.5

Don’t you love when you need one basket to cover a total and teams let the clock run out late? That’s what happened in the Xavier-Maryland matchup after the Musketeers won going away 76-65 as 2-point underdogs. The Terps’ Ivan Bender got the total to within a basket, scoring a field goal with 0:42 seconds remaining. But Maryland avoided fouling with the game seemingly out of reach. The teams sat on the ball in ensuing possessions. It burns!

 

No. 3 Oregon 93 – No. 14 Iona 77

Line:  Ducks -15.5

Hot shooting Deyshonee Much helped Iona make up a 27-point deficit in the second half, clawing back into betting market contention. Sam Cassell Jr., however, missed a 3-pointer with 0:18 second remaining and the Gaels failed to cover by a point.

Did you lose a heartbreaker?  There were plenty of first and second half bets, props, and the like that narrowly missed cashing. Head on over to SBR’s college basketball forum to share your bad beat in round one.

 

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