It took some last-second heroics across a few games, but an Ohio bettor hit a 15-leg college basketball moneyline parlay Wednesday night on the Caesars Sportsbook app, turning a $100 bet into nearly $20,000.
The bettor took 14 favorites, one slight underdog, and had approximately three coronary events sweating the outcome before beating the sportsbook.
WHAT. A. WIN!
A bettor in Ohio turned $100 into $19,799.84 on a 15-leg CBB ML parlay last night 🤯
WISC: -105 pic.twitter.com/7hs4Cr6ZfB
— Caesars Sportsbook (@CaesarsSports) February 23, 2023
Of the 15 games, eight were pretty much never in doubt. A handful were close affairs. And a few were heart-stoppers, including Alabama’s 78-76 overtime victory over South Carolina.
Please note that Alabama was a -2000 favorite heading into the game. The Crimson Tide escaped with a victory after embattled star Brandon Miller hit a game-tying layup with four seconds left in regulation, then a game-winner with a second left on the clock in overtime.
#2 Alabama survives the upset vs South Carolina, 78-76!
Brandon Miller had 41 points (career high), 8 rebounds and the game winner! 👀
— College Basketball Report (@CBKReport) February 23, 2023
But ‘Bama’s near-miss wasn’t the only big favorite that nearly took this bet down.
Auburn was a -1000 favorite over Ole Miss and fell behind late in the second half after a 13-0 run by the Rebels. But it recovered and eventually won, 78-74.
Ole Miss 58, Auburn 55 | 9:44 2H
Bruce pearl takes a timeout and its quiet in Neville Arena. The Rebels are on a 13-0 run over the last 3:19. Auburn hasn't scored in 3:44.
— Richard Silva (@Rich_Silva18) February 23, 2023
But wait, there’s more.
Butler — the lone underdog the bettor took, at +115 — was holding on to a 59-58 lead over DePaul when, with the game on the line and DePaul about to take the lead, Butler guard Jayden Taylor saved the game — and the bet — with a game-ending blocked shot.
Butler HANGS on 59-58
Jayden Taylor with a game saving block as time expires.
This sport always rises to the occasion
— Big East Bar Room 🎙 (@BigEastBarroom) February 23, 2023
And then there was Fordham, a -130 favorite over Loyola Chicago, holding on for a 71-69 victory. North Carolina and its -285 odds? A four-point victory over Notre Dame.
All in all, a bunch of nail-biters that fell correctly.
One interesting wrinkle here was a bet that wasn’t made that appeared, at least on paper, to fit in awfully well. It was Virginia, a -370 favorite over Boston College. The Cavaliers got blown out by 15 points.
And the biggest blowout of the night? Jacksonville State over Central Arkansas, 101-71. No nail-biting necessary.
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