Best ATS Madness Moments of 2009

College football has the BCS. College basketball has the NCAA men’s basketball Tournament. No wonder football fans are crying out for a playoff system.

March Madness is the most intense three weeks on the betting calendar; millions of dollars can change hands on a last-second bucket or a missed free throw. And there’s no disputing the champion when it’s all said and done. Let’s flashback to March 2009 for these magic moments.

First Round: Sherron Collins makes a pair of freebies, then grabs the defensive rebound at the other end as the Kansas Jayhawks (-8.5 at Bovada) corral the North Dakota State Bison 84-74. Collins ended the day with 32 points.

Second Round: The Pittsburgh Panthers (-9) are pulling away late against the feisty Oklahoma State Cowboys, but Sam Young misses one of two free throws to make the final 84-76 in Pitt’s favor.

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Second Round: The game between the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Missouri Tigers (-2.5) is tied at 79 with five seconds remaining. Kim English hits a pair of free throws, then Leo Lyons does the same as the Tigers prevail 83-79.

Second Round: The Michigan State Spartans (-4) have a 74-69 lead on the USC Trojans with 13 seconds on the clock. Cue the mad scramble. DeMar DeRozan misses a 3-pointer, but the Trojans get the ball back and DeRozan gets another shot from downtown. He misses again, and time runs out on the Trojans.

Elite Eight: With two seconds to go, Zaire Taylor blows an otherwise meaningless lay-up for Missouri (+5.5) as the UConn Huskies advance to the Final Four with an 82-75 victory. The Huskies hit 10 straight free throws in the final 1:02 to stave off the Tigers’ comeback attempt.

Elite Eight: Pittsburgh’s Levance Fields ties the game from the line with six seconds remaining, but Scottie Reynolds drives all the way from halfcourt for the winning basket as the Villanova Wildcats (+2) take a 78-76 thriller.

National Championship: The North Carolina Tar Heels (-7.5) destroy the Michigan State Spartans 89-72 to win the Tournament and finish a perfect 6-0 ATS. The Tar Heels were favored by at least seven points in every game, and won all six of their games by double digits.

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