Villanova University is a college with a long and very prestigious history. The school’s basketball team is a huge part of Villanova’s history. The team has delivering thrilling wins many times over the years. Fans and astute gamblers are likely looking over Villanova’s prospects for 2017’s March Madness festivities. In 2016, North Carolina and Villanova faced off in a memorable National Championship game held in Houston, TX. North Carolina held the number one spot and Villanova was number two. Villanova won the game 77 – 74. At the time, the odds had North Carolina at -2. So, for gamblers, the final score could be adjusted to 79 – 74 with Villanova coming out on top.
Covers.com ran an excellent video ahead of the championship game in early April of 2016. Prophetically, the video revealed that bigger bets were likely to be placed on Villanova. Jay Rood, an executive from MGM resorts was interviewed just before the game. He stated the goal was to draw in a lot of money on the money line for Villanova. Rood revealed many people were betting on the “over” wager, which would be a wager on the combined score of the game.
Rood felt that more wagers were going to come in for North Carolina. He noted interest on Villanova was for the money line, but an increase in the point spread by leveling North Carolina with a -2.5 spread would bring in Villanova money.
As the final score shows, North Carolina would not have won with the -2.5. The over and under betting saw some sportsbooks list 151. The total points scored at the game was, ironically, 151. So wagers would have been a push at 151 over/under.
Hindsight reveals all about betting and wagers, but this game was an incredibly difficult one to predict. Both teams played exceptionally well and the point difference between the two was minimal. Considering the talent on both teams, a tight game should have been expected.
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