On This Date in Sports Betting History: March 27
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There are no sports being played on March 27, 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 27, 2016: Syracuse vs. Virginia, Elite Eight
- Spread: Virginia -8
- Over/Under: 122.5
Down 54-39 as a 10-seed against No. 1 Virginia with less than 10 minutes to go and a trip to the Final Four on the line, it’s going to take a miracle for Syracuse to punch its ticket — especially against the stout Cavaliers defense.
But it’s March, which means Syracuse goes on a 25-4 run to take a 64-58 lead, and goes on to win, 68-62.
Syracuse bettors obviously cover the spread with the outright win, and those brave enough to take the moneyline are rewarded at a price of +380.
Over bettors also walk away happy after watching the majority of the game flow at an under pace.
March 27, 2015: Utah vs. Duke, Sweet 16
- Spread: Duke -4.5
- Over/Under: 133
The spread closes at 4.5, but for many bettors it was taken at 5 or 5.5 … which will be very important in an excruciatingly cruel way.
With Duke up by five points at the end of the game, a Utah miss was rebounded by the Devils’ Quinn Cook, and it appeared that Utah was able to force him into a jump ball.
That wasn’t called, however, and Cook dribbled off with the ball to close out the game, getting touched by a Utah player as the buzzer sounded. The Utah players walked off the court with game seemingly over, but the officials took a second look on replay and determined the foul did occur with 0.7 seconds left.
The Utes were brought back out to watch Cook miss one free throw and hit the second, giving Duke a 6-point win, and covering the spread for all Duke bettors in one of the worst beats of all time.
March 27, 2011: VCU vs. Kansas, Elite Eight
- Spread: Kansas -11.5
- Over/Under: 144.5
In a similar matchup five years prior, No. 1 Kansas opens as an 8.5-point favorite, but closes all the way up at -11.5 against the 11th-seeded Rams.
VCU gets hot from beyond the arc early, hitting nine of its 12 three-pointers in the first half to go into the break with a 41-27 lead. Kansas, however, would bounce back.
The Jayhawks cut the lead to 46-44 in the second half, only to be answered by a 10-2 VCU run, which was enough for the Rams to hang on for a 71-61 victory and a ticket to the Final Four.
The spread never comes into play, but once again moneyline backers see a nice payday, this time around +700.
March 27, 2004: Oklahoma State vs. St. Joseph’s, Elite Eight
- Spread: Oklahoma State -2.5
In an exciting finish, Oklahoma State’s John Lucas hits a three with 6.9 seconds left to put the Pokes up by two, and they hold on as Jameer Nelson misses a potential game-tying jumper at the buzzer.
For Oklahoma State bettors, though, the spread vs. moneyline decision would be costly, as the Cowboys — despite being a lower seed (2 vs. 1) — were favored by 2.5 points in a game that finished 64-62.