On This Date in Sports Betting History: March 25
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.
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.
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
- Spread: UCLA -16 (via SportsOddsHistory)
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.
It’s their sixth straight championship and eighth in nine years. And the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player goes to …