On This Date in Sports Betting History: April 1
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There are no sports being played on April 1, 2020. There were, however, sports being played on this date last year.
And in 2018. And in 2017. And … you get it.
With nothing to bet on during this pandemic period, let’s to take a trip down memory lane and relive the best sports betting moments on this date in history.
April 1, 2018: Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State, National Championship
- Spread: Mississippi State -1.5
Down 30-17 at half and 40-25 in the third quarter, the ladies of Notre Dame go on a 15-1 run to tie the game at 41 entering the fourth.
But Mississippi State regains a 5-point lead with two minutes to play, only to see it erased by a Marina Mabrey three — Notre Dame’s first of the game — and a bank shot from Jackie Young with 46 ticks left.
The Irish continue to hold the Bulldogs scoreless on their next possession, setting up an all-time shot from Arike Ogunbowale at the buzzer to win the title and cover the spread as 1.5-point dogs.
April 1, 2016: Celtics vs. Warriors
- Spread: Warriors -11.5
The Celtics break the Warriors’ ridiculous home winning streak of 54 straight games with a 109-106 win at Oracle Arena.
Obviously, the outright win covers the 11.5-point spread, but any Boston moneyline backers are rewarded with a much nicer +700 payout.
April 1, 1985: Villanova vs. Georgetown, National Championship
- Spread: Georgetown -9.5
In perhaps the most well-known national title upset of all time, Villanova knocks off Georgetown as a 9.5-point underdog.
📅 April 1, 1985: 35 years ago today…
National Title 🏆
#8 Villanova vs. #1 Georgetown (-9.5)
The lowest seed EVER to win it all
📊 Biggest Title Upsets (since 1985)
+9.5: 1999 UConn
+9.5: 1985 Villanova
🗣️ "That's it! Villanova has done it…"pic.twitter.com/aStZ6O9l4N
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) April 1, 2020
The Wildcats shoot 22-of-28 from the field (78.6%), which remains the highest mark in a Final Four game, and they’d need every one of those 22 buckets as the game still ends as just a two-point contest, 66-64, despite the record performance.
Villanova also becomes the first 8-seed to win the tournament, which still stands as the lowest-seeded national champion to this day.