A confluence of factors has led to the growing mainstream acceptance of legal sports betting, from expanding national media coverage to NBA commissioner Adam Silver emerging as a vocal proponent.
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No. 1 seed Gonzaga opened as a 6½-point favorite over seventh-seeded South Carolina (total 139), and top seed North Carolina opened as a 5-point favorite over No. 3 seed Oregon (total 150½) in the Final Four.
Gonzaga opened as a 6½-point favorite over South Carolina and North Carolina is favored by 4½ points over Oregon in the Final Four.
Gonzaga is an 8½-point favorite over Xavier and Westgate sports book manager Ed Salmons expects the clock to strike midnight on the Musketeers.
No. 1-seeded Gonzaga meets No. 11 Xavier in the West Region final at 3:09 p.m. Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose, California. The winner will advance to the Final Four.
Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens lost his $12,500 futures bet on Michigan at 80-1 odds that would have paid $1 million, and he also lost $109,000 betting on the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Chris Connelly’s Contrarian Investments LLC was up 31 percent on December 18 compared with a 10 percent return for the Dow Jones over the same period. Then he had his Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl moment.
The betting public is banking on the over trend to extend to the Sweet 16, and two handicappers are on Oregon-Michigan Over 147 and UCLA-Kentucky Over 165½.
The Westgate sports book has posted props on the Sweet 16 games in the NCAA Tournament.
The Review-Journal’s Adam Hill and Todd Dewey compete with handicappers Kelly Stewart, Doug Fitz and Paul Stone in a contest covering NCAA Tournament games Thursday and Friday.
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