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Hangover Monday: March Madness is Among Us, Mar. 15

This week I’m getting fired. I actually just got this job so it isn’t the most ideal thing in the world. But I don’t know how my bosses could ever expect to dedicate a shred of attention to my work when March Madness is here. This is my religion. I don’t go to church on Easter and Christmas, I just sit in front of my TV every day for the bulk of March. 

We were deprived last year. We actually got a selection show this year. We got to see fan bases have meltdowns on Twitter. And now, we will get to watch epic upsets, Cinderella moments, and our bank accounts flourish. 

But before we can fully jump into the week that is one of the greatest of the year, we need to recap what went down this weekend. And while we are on the subject of talking about religion, I am adding the Church of Coach Prime to my congregations I donate to at the end of the year. I was in the hole of a lifetime on Sunday, but I trusted in what I wrote about in the Thursday Trend and Coach Prime didn’t let me down. 

This weekend was full of upsets in the conference tournaments, which is where I lost most of that cash. No, I did not predict Oklahoma State taking down Baylor, Georgetown going all the way, Georgia Tech plumbing Florida State, and LSU rolling through Arkansas. 

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The Florida State game really hit bettors where it hurt (including me). 88 percent of the public had the Noles rolling in this game. FSU was favored by 4.5 and they went on to lose by 5. The game that went the right way for bettors was the Baylor game. The Bears weren’t getting any love from the public with 75 percent of the betting public siding with the Cowboys and Cade Cunningham. They came up short in the finals, but Oklahoma State took care of business in that game. 

But no one had a worse weekend than this Ohio State bettor who watched the Buckeyes take Illinois to overtime and nearly pull off a massive Big 10 upset. Ohio State was down double digits most of the first half, but they made a massive comeback and put the pressure on Illinois. One bettor put a $250,000 wager on them to win on the moneyline. When overtime ended, the Buckeyes had lost 91-88. RIP. 

Now with March Madness, these bad beats are going to get way worse and the upsets will be plentiful. Supposedly 47 million people will be betting on the NCAA Tournament this year and I am all here for it. 

A genius or a man with regret

Trading betting tickets has become insanely popular and this one Michigan bettor saw some upside to selling off his championship ticket. He took the Wolverines to win the NCAA Tournament back in December at +1250 odds. He threw $800 which would have won him $100,000 if Michigan won. He sold that ticket this morning for $15,000. I can’t imagine having that pressure while watching this team for the rest of the tournament and praying to god that they lose immediately. 

The Bad Beat

Watch out Houston bettors. Honestly, we have to avoid all Houston sports things for a really long time. We are talking about a city rocked by a cheating scandal, then lost their best basketball player, then their best football player, their best baseball player, and their QB wants out too. Oh, and their college basketball team killed bettors. While taking on Memphis with a -4.5 spread, the Cougs were up by 5 with 5.1 seconds to go. They didn’t want to risk fouling so the Tigers went right down the floor with hardly no defense, the shooter put up a horrendous shot and it somehow landed. 

This guy gets it

It’s never too early to throw all your faith into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021. With Lavonte David, Chris Godwin, and Shaq Barrett all coming back, one bettor threw down a $25,000 wager on the Bucs at +800 to win it all. That is a ton of fatih in Tom Brady, but honestly, I couldn’t resonate with this bet more if I tried. 

Free Play: 

Alright you degens. The Suns are taking on the Grizzlies tonight. Both of these teams are hot and both are covering at a really nice pace. That’s why I like the OVER here. It has hit in 3 of the last 4 for Phoenix and the Grizzlies will have to pace that. The OVER is set at 227 and Phoenix averages 113 per game. Book it. 

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