On This Date in Sports Betting History: March 30
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Pictured: Mamadi Diakite
There are no sports being played on March 30, 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 30, 2019: Purdue vs. Virginia, Elite Eight
- Spread: Virginia -4.5
- Over/under: 127.5
Virginia closes as a 4.5-point favorite — something that will come into play as this game ultimately goes final.
Down 67-66 with just over a minute to go, a Carsen Edwards 3-pointer (three of his 42 on the night), gives the Boilermakers a two-point lead. An offensive rebound on Purdue’s next possession gets Jack Kline to the line, where he splits his two free throws — 70-67, Purdue.
That’s when the madness really starts.
After Ty Jerome’s intentional miss sends Kihei Clark all the way into Virginia’s backcourt to track down the rebound, Clark sends a pass up to Mamadi Diakite, who releases a game-tying jumper just before the buzzer sounds.
To make matters excruciatingly worse, Virginia — up 76-75 — would tack on four free throws in the final five seconds of overtime to cover the 4.5-point spread.
March 30, 2007: Wizards vs. Raptors
- Spread: Raptors -4.5
- Over/under: 214
It won’t be remembered for its magnitude in the general world of sports, but any bettors with money on this game probably remember it vividly — especially those on the Wizards.
With Washington up by three in the closing seconds, Michael Ruffin tosses the ball up in the air in an attempt to run out the clock.
He didn’t quite throw it high enough, though …
Mo Peterson of the Raptors ends up with the ball in his hands prior to the buzzer sounding, launches — and hits — a game-tying three. That sends the game to overtime, with Toronto would win by five, covering the 4.5-point spread.
March 30, 1991: Duke vs. UNLV, Final Four
- Spread: UNLV -9
Entering the Final Four on a 45-game win streak — including a win over Duke in the previous year’s national championship — the Runnin’ Rebels are 9-point favorites to reach a second-straight title game.
Not only are they unable to cover, they lose outright to the Blue Devils, who go on to take the national title.
UNLV was a -167 favorite to win it all at the start of the tournament.
March 30, 1981: Indiana vs. UNC, National Championship
- Spread: Indiana -2
- Over/under: 124.5
A low-scoring game keeps under bettors in the money with ease, as Indiana beats UNC by double digits, 63-50.
Isaiah Thomas drops 23 in the title game and is named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. It’s Bobby Knight’s second career national championship.