On This Date in Sports Betting History: April 8
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images. Pictured: Bubba Watson
There are no sports being played on April 8, 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.
2019: Texas Tech vs. Virginia, National Championship
- Spread: Virginia -2
- Over/under: 119.5
Three-quarters of the way through this title game, No. 1 Virginia holds a 10-point lead (53-43), and looks to be in control once again as the clock breaks the two-minute mark, up 65-61 with 1:45 to go.
A 7-0 Texas Tech run, however, turns the tables completely, and Virginia is forced to put its eggs in the DeAndre Hunter basket …
📆 April 8, 2019: On this date 1 year ago…
National Championship 🏆
#3 Texas Tech vs. #1 Virginia (-2 | O/U 119.5)
🏀 Tech goes on a 7-0 run to take a 68-65 lead with 0:22 left.
And then: pic.twitter.com/SaSQeQ7EjN
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) April 8, 2020
Hunter hits a baseline three to force overtime, where Virginia drops another 17 points to win and covers the 2-point spread with an 85-77 win.
2012: Bubba Watson Wins The Masters
- Pre-tournament odds: +5000 (via SportsOddsHistory)
Now 8 years old, Bubba Watson’s recovery shot on the 10th hole (second of the sudden death playoff) of the 2012 Masters has gone down as one of the best in Masters history.
Bubba sent his tee shot off into the trees to the right, and looked to have no clear path to the hole from where he stood.
And then he did this …
He’d two-putt from there, which would be good enough for the Green Jacket as Louis Oosthuizen was unable to hit the green on his second shot, and couldn’t get up-and-down for par.
2001: Tiger Woods Wins The Masters
- Pre-tournament odds: +150 (via SportsOddsHistory)
Coming off three straight major victories, Tiger Woods enters the 2001 Masters as a favorite barely of plus-money (+150).
As it turns out, oddsmakers are right to favor him so heavily, as he caps off the non-calendar Grand Slam — the “Tiger Slam” — with a two-stroke victory.