March Madness Day One Betting Recap

March Madness Day One Betting Recap

Thursday was quite a start to March Madness as the 5 most popular bets all failed to cover the spread and 3 lost outright:

– 3-seeds historically have been the most profitable seed to bet on ATS, but yesterday they went 0-3 ATS (ND, Baylor, Iowa St). – Notre Dame avoided the upset bid by Northeastern but Baylor and Iowa State were not as lucky. Baylor’s opponent, Georgia State, was even missing one of their best players as guard Ryan Harrow was out with a hamstring issue. Their improbable victory led to this gem of a vine:

That win was big but the largest payout went to UAB over Iowa State:

– According to David Purdum, the largest UAB moneyline ticket at William Hill was $300 on 9:1 odds, netting a $2,700 payday. – Biggest Live, In-Game comebacks on Thursday (odds via 5Dimes): UAB +2500 early in the 1st half Georgia State +2500 down 10 in the 2nd half UCLA +650 in the 2nd half NC State +1000 in the 2nd half Cincy +650 in the 2nd half – Thursday’s records by Conference:

– Some additional news and notes on Thursday’s games:

– Sportsbooks had a great day on the whole:

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Dan McGuire

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