Well, it’s down to this. March Madness will wrap up Monday night when either Virginia or Texas Tech claims the national championship in Minneapolis. Based on the spreads at various sportsbooks, it’s possible that this game could go either way.
Of course, when a single basket counts for 2 points, that’s a razor-thin margin. Various sources associate a 1.5 point favorite in college basketball with a win probability between 51% and 54%.
In other words, this game could go either way. Here are the full odds for those three sportsbooks:
|BetStars NJ||Virginia -1.5||-125/+105||117.5|
Of course, the thin margin hasn’t stopped people from rooting for the underdog. Texas Tech, which carries a +1.5 point spread, has accepted the lion’s share of wagers so far.
For instance, at FanDuel Sportsbook, two out of every three bets was on the Red Raiders as of Monday morning. In terms of dollar amounts, 55% of spread wagers are on the team from Lubbock, Texas.
At DraftKings, 77% of the money and 64% of bets were on Texas Tech +2, and 59% of money and 67% of bets were on the Texas Tech moneyline as of Monday afternoon.
If the game is too tight, try some of the prop bets
The uncertainty about the outcome of the game may make some prospective sports bettors queasy. Thankfully, there is a whole host of prop bets available on various sportsbooks. Here are some of the more interesting ones:
- Six different props on player points scored
- Three different props on player assists recorded
- Four different props on player rebounds
- Second half result
- Game to go to overtime
- Jarrett Culver to score first basket – odds boost
- UVA to win the game and the total (118.5 points) goes over – odds boost
- Texas Tech to win both halves
- Most Outstanding Player
- Eleven options for player points + a specific team winning
- Alternative spread
- Separate spreads, moneylines, totals, and alternate spreads for both halves
As is the case in the fast world of online sports betting, these types of bets may change or multiply before or during the game. Make sure to keep your favorite app open while you watch.
The $300,000 futures bet and an appearance by Dez Bryant
One person who is sure to be watching is the bettor who has a chance at a huge payoff tonight. Last November, a gentleman entered the Superbook at Westgate Las Vegas and placed a $1,500 futures bet on Texas Tech to win the national championship.
At the time, the odds on the ticket were 200-1. So, should the Red Raiders complete their journey, the lucky bettor will win a cool $300,000 payout from his $1,500 investment.
Needless to say, the ticket has drawn attention from numerous interested parties. In fact, football player Dez Bryant has reportedly offered the man $50,000 for the ticket.
However, the bettor has declined Bryant (and others)’ offers, preferring to see his bet through. He has numerous hedges in play, including several wagers on Virginia, too.
Amazingly, the man also has a second futures bet working on Texas Tech right now. This one is an $800 venture at 125-1 odds. Accordingly, a Tech win would yield an extra $100,000 on top of the rest of his payouts.
Needless to say, we can safely assume at least one person will have his guns up tonight.