Gonzaga vs. Baylor Bets That Win: Bears Cover Easy But Over Falls Short
Jamie Squire/Getty Images. Pictured: Davion Mitchell (#45).
It’s not the Super Bowl, but the clash between college basketball titans Gonzaga and Baylor had plenty of betting opportunities on Monday night.
Player props, sides and totals were among the options on the betting menu for the national championship game between the Bulldogs and Bears, who were the consensus top two teams in the country for much of the year.
It was Baylor to come out on top in a 86-70 final that never actually felt that close. But there were other sweats in the meantime.
We’ll track some notable bets to hit below.
Bets to Cash in National Championship Game
First Player to Score
Davion Mitchell (+500) hit a mid-range jumper to cash for bettors. Teammate Mark Vital (+1500) gave it a sweat with two chances and offensive rebounds.
Halftime Spread and Total
Baylor (+2.5) cashed first-half bets easily thanks to its fast start with a 47-37 lead. Gonzaga made a few runs to close the gap to 10 after trailing by as many as 19. The first-half total went over 75.
MaCio Teague’s 14 points has him well on his way to cashing his scoring prop of 14.5 points.
Player Props and Final
Baylor closed as a 4.5-point underdog but hit easily, also cashing at +165 on the moneyline.
The total, however, was an unexpected sweat which finished under the total of 159.
The over (159) had a 96% chance of hitting with 10 minutes to play.
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Some notable player props included Jalen Suggs scoring 22 points to go over his scoring prop of 15.5 points, but both Drew Timme and Corey Kispert finished under theirs.
Teague’s 19 points were enough to go over his 14.5 total. Davion Mitchell sneaked over his 14-point total, finishing with 15. Most Outstanding Player Jared Butler scored 22 points, going over 16.5.