College basketball fans witnessed the most unpredictable National Championship in a long time last night. This was the highest-scoring game of the tournament for both Texas Tech and Virginia, and despite an overtime session, it wasn’t even that close in the end. Let’s check out what the odds had to say about last night’s memorable contest in our betting recap.
Hammer The Over
With two of the best defensive teams in the country, not many experts could have predicted a total of 162 points would be scored in this game. Oddsmakers started extremely conservative, giving this game an expected point total of 117.5 (-110). By tip-off the line climbed to 119.5 points. Of course, just a few minutes into the game it appeared to be an even bigger defensive struggle than expected. Tied 2-2, the line dropped all the way to 111 points. That was the lowest figure of the evening. After the two teams hit the over on 55 first half points (-110), it began a pattern of shattering the over. The over/under climbed all the way up to 130.5 (-115) late in the game. UVA’s 85 points were the most the team scored since New Year’s Eve, and they hadn’t surrendered that many points since giving up 81 to Duke back in February.
The one area where oddsmakers never wavered was the game line. After Saturday’s win against the Auburn Tigers, UVA opened as a one-point favorite over Texas Tech. The line did not moved towards the Red Raiders once. In fact, it only grew bigger, going to 1.5 points four hours before the game, and staying there by the time the two teams took the court. By the time overtime was nearing an end, the Cavs were 7.5-point favorites. Many parlays paid off for bettors last night. If you took a UVA win and the over on 118.5 points, you saw a nice payday (+280). Three player performances parlays worked out in the end as well. Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter both scored over 15 points in a win (+210). Ty Jerome barely reached his expected total of 15 points, putting up 16 on the night. But that was good enough to hit his performance parlay, coupled with a Cavs win (+170).
Most Outstanding Player
Anyone who took Jarrett Culver, the overall favorite, to win the Most Outstanding Player award had to be feeling pretty good after the Texas Tech star scored to put the team up late in the second half. As the game went deep into overtime, though, it became clear that the award was coming down to a two-man race. That race was between Guy (+440) and Hunter (+550). Hunter put together his best performance of the NCAA Tournament, scoring 27 points, including a late shot to help push the game into overtime. Hunter will likely end up as an NBA lottery pick, which is a nice consolation prize, to say the least. Experts couldn’t overlook Guy, though. Just days after his free-throw heroics, he was one of UVA’s best players once again. He played all 45 minutes, putting up 24 points and three rebounds. No UVA player meant more to the team’s title run than Guy.