The first day of the NCAA Tournament reminded college basketball fans why it is called “March Madness.”
In the early slate of games, 13-seed Furman took down 4-seed Virginia on a late turnover by the Cavaliers, resulting in a game-winning three from JP Pegues, giving Furman its first NCAA Tournament win since 1974.
In the afternoon, 15-seed Princeton stunned 2-seed Arizona, going on a 9-0 run to close the game and win its first tournament game in 25 years.
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Day 2 of the tournament kicks off Friday, and there will undoubtedly be more “madness” to come.
However, among the great finishes on Thursday came a terrible gambling beat for bettors backing the Alabama Crimson Tide.
With the game in hand – Alabama led Texas A&M Corpus Christi 96-72 – Corpus Christi looked to be running out the clock, resigned to the loss.
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Senior guard Ross William had other ideas, draining a three-pointer as time expired, ending the game with a score of 96-75.
The problem? The line was Alabama -23.5, meaning those who bet on Alabama lost their money.
It may have been a brutal game for those who took Bama to cover the spread, but fans of the Crimson Tide came away pleased.
Alabama had five players score in double-digits while getting zero points from star freshman Brandon Miller.
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The Crimson Tide nailed 10 first-half threes, jumping out to a 54-24 lead at halftime, and got 19 points and 15 rebounds from junior forward Nick Pringle.
March Madness is just getting underway and the craziness is guaranteed to continue.