On This Date in Sports Betting History: April 3


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Pictured: Draymond Green and Gordon Hayward

There are no sports being played on April 3, 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 3, 2010: Butler vs. Michigan State, Final Four

  • Spread: Butler -1.5
  • Over/under: 126.5

Two No. 5 seeds meet in the Final Four, and Gordon Hayward’s Bulldogs are given a 1.5-point edge in the betting market, having held each of their previous tournament opponents under 60 points.

Oddsmakers were apparently right to line this game closely, as there’s no lead of greater than seven points for the entire 40 minutes, and down the stretch, the spread really comes into play.

With State down 50-49, Draymond Green gets denied with less than 10 seconds to go, and fouls Butler’s Ronald Nored, who sinks two free throws with six ticks left.

Butler then fouls Korie Lucious, who goes to the line down by three, and makes the first free throw to bring Sparty bettors within a half-point of the spread.

But with just two seconds left, Lucious is forced into an intentional miss, and Butler comes away with the ball for both a victory and cover.

April 3, 1989: Seton Hall vs. Michigan, National Championship

  • Spread: Michigan -2.5
  • Over/under: 164

Another pairing of equal seeds, the 1989 national championship features two No. 3 seeds in Seton Hall and Michigan, and another relatively short spread.

Tied at 71 after two halves, this one needs overtime, and with Seton Hall leading, 79-78, in the final seconds, a controversial foul is called on Hall’s Gerald Greene — creating the rare scenario in which a team’s fans and bettors are rooting for opposite outcomes.

Pirates fans, obviously, are looking for at least one miss out of Michigan’s Rumeal Robinson, while for bettors, that presents the undesirable situation of a second overtime and even more sweats.

Robinson ultimately hits both, winning Michigan its only national title by a single point while keeping Seton Hall bettors in the money. It’s still the most recent title game to end with a one-point margin.

Under bettors — who finished regulation beating the total by 18 points — are also saved from what would have been a horrific beat in double overtime.

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