Ohio State did not just bust brackets in March Madness. They busted wallets as well.
Every year, a team like the Ohio State Buckeyes ends up leaving our March Madness brackets busted. But when have you heard about a team putting a significant dent in a wallet after losing in the first round?
That was the case after one bettor’s $100,000 gamble went up in smoke after the 2-seed Ohio State Buckeyes fell to the 15-seed Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 75-72. Had the Buckeyes cut down the nets in April, the payout would have been $2,000,000.
For those who bet any money on the Golden Eagles, they are sure to be dancing. But how about the team? They won their conference for the first time since 2008 and made their first appearance since that season, where they fell to Pittsburgh. This is also their first win in the tournament since 1974 when they reached the Elite Eight before falling to Kansas in overtime.
The Golden Eagles are still dancing while the Buckeyes are heading home empty.
How about Golden Eagles freshman sensation Max Abmas? This past season, he led the entire nation in scoring with 24.2 points per game. Against the Buckeyes, he dropped 29 on 41.7% shooting with five three-pointers. Additionally, junior Kevin Obanor tallied 30 points in the upset victory on 42.9% shooting with a team-leading 11 rebounds.
The level of joy on the Golden Eagles side is not as superior as the opposition’s level of disappointment. Ohio State is used to making history, but this time, they made it for the wrong reasons.
The Buckeyes came within three of winning a conference championship and now come within three points of moving on to the next round? No doubt, THE level of disappointment is palpable among both their fans and the bettor, whose pockets got emptied in one day.
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