March Madness is over, and boy, what a time it was. The team came to Vegas for the opening round, and while my bets didn’t go how I planned, we had an electric time hanging out with the crew. It was great to meet Preston Lopez and Lauren Cowling for the first time and confirm they’re as big of betting degenerates as I am.
Aside from all of the betting action, we had the chance to check out a ton of cool stuff around Las Vegas while the team was in town, including this sick gun range where I for sure had the sharpest shot among the group.
Lauren and I also went head-to-head in a game of one-on-one before Preston got to town, and even though I lost, the results are still under review - sharps said the game was rigged. My Steven Adams jumper was the highlight of the game, but they cut out all the good parts for some reason.
After the team came to Vegas, we had the opportunity to go down to New Orleans for the Final Four. Preston couldn’t make the trip because he allegedly “lost too much at the craps table,” and to think this guy calls himself a true degenerate?
Lauren and I still had a good time sweating out the first two games on Bourbon Street. The crowd down there was electric, despite the awful smells of alcohol and garbage. North Carolina and Duke definitely had the most fans in attendance with the final rivalry matchup between the two schools with Coach K at the helm.
We started the day off walking around and interviewing fans. After drinking two or three of these blue slurp juice at the bar, my mouth looked like I had eaten a smurf. At one point, we saw a guy carrying a woman with her legs strapped around his face down the street.
When in New Orleans!
Then we saw this super tall dude wearing an Ohio State shirt, and it turns out it was Greg Oden, total homie. His pick to win was “the blue team.” Secretly pretty sure he was riding with us and Duke.
Before the game kicked off, I had to make an appearance on Ride with Yas. They wanted me to be the guinea pig for the punishment of the bet she (Yas) and Tabs had on the game.
I essentially had to sit in this chair, take a shot of alcohol, get spun around, and then had my nipples twisted. It’s one of the most bizarre things I’ve done while drinking, but it’s all about the content.
— The Game Day CBB (@TheGameDayCBB) April 2, 2022
The first game wasn’t that interesting, as Kansas won in a blowout. I had the ML parlayed with Duke ML in the next game, which was much more of a sweat. It ended up being a great game, but Caleb Love of North Carolina ruined the parlay with a big shot at the end of the game. It was pretty par for the course with the way March Madness was going.
After staying out on Bourbon Street until the wee hours of the morning, it was nice to have a day to relax before we went to the National Championship. We spent the majority of the day doing a Louisiana staple - hanging out with the Alligators in the bayou.
Captain Randy showed us the ropes and even snagged an Alligator for me and the crew to hold. Lauren was petrified at first, but even she came around and also ended up holding one.
Between holding that alligator and being forced to hold a giant python the night before, I think I’m probably done with reptiles for a while.
The morning of the big game, we went to check out what New Orleans has to offer down in the French Quarter. We ended up going to a cafe to get a New Orleans staple - beignets. It was probably one of the tastiest breakfast treats I’ve ever had in my life. Shit was fire.
We checked out the NCAA fan experience before the game, grabbed some merchandise (I couldn’t find a jersey anywhere), and made our way to the arena. Being at the game was unreal, as Caesars SuperDome was way bigger than I had imagined, and our seats were solid.
I was riding Kansas (-4.5) for the game, and they trailed 15 at half… not great. However, they came out with a vengeance in the second half to take the lead late. With seven seconds left and a three-point leap, Kansas stepped out of bounds, chalking the bet!
Lauren had UNC (+4.5), so she ended up winning her bet, but it was such a brutal beat after the big comeback.
All in all, New Orleans was an experience to remember, and I’m so happy I was able to go to the game and experience what the Final Four was all about. I’ll definitely have to go back next year. Let’s just hope our bets don’t suck as much.
It’s OK, though. Baseball season is here. Did I hear someone say NRFI?
Previously before the Final Four
What’s up, everyone? BookitWithTrent here.
I will be periodically writing here on TheGameDay.com to give you an inside look into behind the scenes of my betting process and a sneak peek into my everyday life working with The Game Day and Bookit Sports.
Who knows, you might get an exclusive pick every once in a while that you’ll for sure want to fade.
They don’t call me the Fade God for nothing.
March Madness Round of 64 & 32
This past weekend was the opening round of March Madness, the most electric time of the year in sports betting. Despite my best efforts, the first two rounds weren’t kind for your boy.
The bracket is looking absolutely chalked. I had Tennessee winning the whole thing, and they lost in the second round. I also had Kentucky in the Final Four, who lost in the first round. Not a great start.
That Gonzaga game was brutal, too. I wasn’t even expecting to have a chance. I basically chalked it up, but we got to the second half where Gonzaga just couldn’t miss, and Georgia State couldn’t buy a bucket.
All of a sudden, it was a 20 point game. So I’m thinking, “oh my god, we might get a backdoor cover to get the units back."
It gets inside one minute, and we’re up 23, and, of course, Georgia State goes down and makes a meaningless bucket. There are 10 seconds left on the clock with Gonzaga up 21, and they run the clock out.
so sick of this BS bro
I did hit some good bets, though. I had Tennessee spread against Longwood, which was my five-unit play of the day, and they ended up winning by 32. I had some first half Unders as well, which has been the story of the tournament thus far.
I couldn’t sleep on the alma mater and took TCU in both games, playing them outright on the Moneyline against Arizona. I really did think the Horned Frogs would squeak that one out after an absolutely botched call by the refs at the end of regulation.
What should’ve been a foul led to a fast break opportunity for the Wildcats. Arizona threw down a dunk with 0.2 seconds left, but the clock ran out. The Wildcats won in overtime, and I ripped up my ticket.
An absolute heartbreaker, but hey, that’s March.
Final Four Weekend in New Orleans
Despite losing my bets, I can confidently say the sportsbook atmosphere was absolutely electric. I hope to never spend March Madness not in a sportsbook. It’s always where I want to be.
At a sportsbook, you’re interacting, screaming, and reacting to games with people you’ve never met before, but at that moment, you feel like you’ve been boys with them for years. There’s nothing like it.
Plus, having our whole squad there with myself, Preston Lopez, Lauren Cowling, and the rest of the Bookit Sports crew was awesome. Of course, Lauren is very selective in her bets and doesn’t tail anyone, which is probably the smart move.
Preston, though, is always down to ride. Whether it’s his eight-team dream or 10 straight bets, he’s got a ridiculous bankroll, and it’s always fun to watch him throw stacks. Hopefully, we can keep this positive momentum riding into New Orleans for the Final Four, where we’ll be headed next week.
I’m looking forward to being in an environment at the game around so many passionate fans. It’s going to be a championship game, and it will be absolutely electric.
The last time I was in New Orleans, I had one of the craziest experiences ever happen to me. I’m standing there filming an intro for a video, and a guy taps me on the shoulder and asks me for a picture.
“Hey Trent, nice to meet you, I’m Jordan.”
I looked at him and had to do a double-take. Jordan Spieth?! Shouldn’t these roles be reversed?
It was one of the craziest experiences I’ve ever had to happen to me, Jordan Spieth, Masters champion asking me for a photo. It was wild.
BookitWithTrent’s March Madness Pick
Houston 2022 NCAA Champion (+1000) at Caesars
Now that my bracket is fried, I do have one pick I’m all in on, and it’s the Houston Cougars. They’re winning the title.
I can’t wait to watch them win the championship in person. If it wasn’t Tennessee, it was always Houston, and I’m bummed at myself for not picking them in the first place. They’re in my heart now, and they’re winning the tournament.