The NFL season may be over, but bettors have a lot to look forward to with March Madness right around the corner. One New Jersey bettor put his college basketball prognostication to good use over the weekend, turning a $100 wager into a win of almost $45,000.
The parlay legs included wagers on the following teams:
- Cincinnati (against Memphis)
- Houston (against Central Florida)
- Oral Roberts (against Denver)
- Old Dominion (against UAB)
- Iowa (against Indiana)
- Hawaii (against Long Beach State)
- San Diego (against Loyola Marymount)
- Washington (against Arizona)
- Wofford (against East Tennessee State)
- Nebraska of Omaha (against South Dakota)
Getting to the finish line had plenty of ups and downs for this winner. Cincinnati trailed by six at the half, but came back to win by 5. Houston and Oral Roberts both won easily also. Old Dominion was outscored by 16 in the second half, but still won by 11 against UAB. Iowa topped Indiana by 5, Hawaii beat Long Beach State by 7, and the Huskies cruised over Arizona.
San Diego proved to be a close one and provided some sweat. The Toreros trailed Loyola Marymount by 2 at the half, but were able to turn things around and squeak out a 2-point victory.
Two games must have been particularly worrisome but swung the right way in the end. Nebraska of Omaha faced off against South Dakota in a major scoring fest. After 40 minutes of play, the game was tied at 87-87. The Mavericks outscored the Coyotes in overtime, however, to keep the parlay alive with a 107-102 victory.
The Wofford-East Tennessee State matchup also proved tough, but no double-digit parlay would be complete without some nervousness. The Terriers battled to a 64-64 tie against the Buccaneers but trailed late in the overtime period. Senior Fletcher Magee, however, nailed a 3-pointer as he was fouled with 31 seconds remaining in overtime. The free throw gave the Terriers a 75-73 and they held on for a 78-76 win.
The victory gave Wofford its 20th win and one New Jersey bettor a huge return on investment.
With Selection Sunday set for March 17 and the first play-in games getting underway March 19-20 in Dayton, Ohio, bettors may be looking for some futures wagering as the tournament approaches.
As of Feb. 13, Tennessee was the top-ranked team in the nation with a 22-1 record. Duke followed the Vols at 22-2, followed by Gonzaga, Virginia, and Kentucky. Last year’s champion Villanova sat at No. 13 with a record of 19-5.
Here’s a look at current odds from the BetStars NJ on some of the favorites to win the title.
- Duke: +175
- Gonzaga: +850
- Michigan: +1200
- Virginia: +1300
- Kentucky: +1400
- Tennessee: +1600
- Nevada: +1600
- North Carolina: +1700
- Kansas: +1700
- Michigan State: +1800