Gonzaga beat Northwestern 79-73 on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, but not everybody rooting for the Bulldogs came away winners.
For example, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a bettor at the South Point casino lost $50,000 on a Gonzag-Villanova money-line parlay thanks to No. 8 seed Wisconsin’s upset of the top-seeded Wildcats.
Even those gamblers who simply bet on Gonzaga minus the points took a loss, since the Bulldogs were 10 1/2-point favorites over Northwestern but squandered a big lead to hang on by six points.
For those GU sharps looking to make a little money back, the Bulldogs are currently 3-point favorites over West Virginia, who they will face at 4:35 p.m. on Thursday in the Sweet 16. For those who are willing to risk longer odds, GU is listed as 13-to-2 to win the NCAA Championship, the same odds as No. 2 seed Arizona, a potential Elite Eight opponent of the Zags.
Popular statistics site FiveThirtyEight.com gives the Bulldogs an 18-percent chance of wining their first National Title, the best chances of any team left in the field. The website also gives GU a 66-percent chance of winning on Saturday, and a 46-percent chance of advancing to the Final Four.
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