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On This Date in Sports Betting History: March 25

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Jamie Squire/Getty Images. Pictured: Malik Newman

There are no sports being played on March 25th, 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.

March 25, 2018: Duke vs. Kansas, Elite Eight

  • Spread: Duke -3.5
  • Over/Under: 156.5

In a Midwest Regional matchup of 1 vs. 2, it’s the second-seeded Blue Devils — the Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Grayson Allen Blue Devils — that are favored entering this game.

Kansas’ Malik Newman is just too much, though.

🗓 March 25, 2018: On this day two years ago…

🏆 Elite 8 🏆

#1 Kansas vs #2 Duke (-3.5)

Svi Mykhailiuk hits the three to force OT‼️

Jayhawks dance into the Final Four 💪

— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) March 25, 2020

Newman drops 32, including all 13 (!!) points for the Jayhawks in overtime to get Kansas to the Final Four with an 85-81 win. Kansas moneyline backers are rewarded with a +153 payout.

It’s a tough beat for under bettors, though, who came in 12.5 points under the total in regulation (tied 72-72) only to see 22 points added on in OT.

March 25, 2011: Kentucky vs. Ohio State, Sweet 16

  • Spread: Ohio State -5.5
  • Over/Under: 141.5

With a little over 20 seconds left, top-seeded Ohio State is just looking to push No. 4 Kentucky to overtime. The Buckeyes are down 60-57, but a Jon Diebler three with 21.9 ticks left gives them — and over bettors looking for another five minutes — life.

That is, until Brandon Knight sinks a game-winner with five seconds left.

The outright win rewards Kentucky moneyline backers with a +205 payout, and keeps both the spread and under safe from uncertainty of overtime.

March 25, 2010: Xavier vs. Kansas State, Sweet 16

  • Spread: Kansas State -5
  • Over/Under: 150

In one of the more memorable games of recent NCAA Tournament history, it takes two overtimes and a healthy amount of late threes for No. 2 Kansas State to hold off No. 6 Xavier, 101-96.

🗓 March 25, 2010: 10 years ago today…

🏆 Sweet 16
#6 Xavier vs #2 Kansas State (-5)

✅ 2OT
✅ 197 total points
✅ 17 lead changes
✅ 13 ties
✅ Gus Johnson on the call

Kansas State advances to the Elite 8 in an all time tournament classic.

— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) March 25, 2020

For gamblers, though, this game would come down to timing.

Early bettors are able to get the Wildcats at -4, and they cash on the 5-point win. Of course, that means any early Xavier ticket-holders are left even more heartbroken.

And just as would be the case in a Kansas-Duke game eight years down the road, this one goes into overtime under the total (again tied at 72), only to see 53 points tacked on in just two 5-minute overtime periods.

March 25, 1972: UCLA vs. Florida State, NCAA Tournament Championship

John Wooden’s Bruins complete a perfect 30-0 season, winning by an average of more than 30 points per game. Their 81-76 win in this game, however, fails to cover the lofty spread.

📅 March 25, 1972: On this date 48 years ago…

• 30-0 by 30+ PPG
• 8 titles in 9 years (6 straight)
• Tourney MOP: Bill Walton

Title Game 🏆
Florida State vs. UCLA (as "overwhelming favorites")

The dynasty continues 📽️:

— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) March 25, 2020

It’s their sixth straight championship and eighth in nine years. And the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player goes to …


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