We have a bit of a dead sports period here in February before March Madness hits full steam ahead next month. With that said, DraftKings Sportsbook (DKSB) is dealing with a little February Madness, with eight of the 10 money makers from the past week being college basketball teams. The other two? Individual athletes, meaning that there are ZERO professional sports teams on our list this week. Of course, the NBA All-Star break will do that. Oregon, Kansas, Baylor, Maryland, and Dayton went a combined 11-0 in this past week of play, further cementing their places in the big dance next month.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DraftKings Sportsbook users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from February 12 – February 19.
1) Kentucky (2-0 Straight Up)
2) Denny Hamlin (Daytona 500) (1-0 SU)
3) San Diego State (1-0 SU)
4) Xavier (1-1 SU)
5) Oregon (2-0 SU)
6) Kansas (3-0 SU)
7) Adam Scott (Genesis Open) (1-0 SU)
8) Baylor (2-0 SU)
9) Maryland (2-0 SU)
10) Dayton (2-0 SU)
Kentucky Wins Two SEC Nail-BitersKentucky remains a top-10 team in college basketball, but has managed to do so while holding five losses, the most of any top-10 squad. They need to dominate in SEC play in order to maintain their spot among the game’s elites, especially given that only one other SEC team resides inside of the top 25. This week, they had matchups with Ole Miss and LSU. The games were a little too close for comfort, with wins by five and three points respectively, but it was good enough to provide a nice return for bettors. Immanuel Quickley was the leading scorer for the Wildcats in both games, dropping 38 total points.
Denny Hamlin Makes it Two Straight at DaytonaAfter Hamlin won the Daytona 500 just a year ago, he closed at +900 to repeat before the start of the race. This year’s race was a little quirky, as there was a rain delay that pushed it into Monday afternoon. And of course, there was still a bunch of the craziness that is customary to a Daytona race, with everyone in the pack striving for first, leading to multiple incidents, especially to close. In the end, Hamlin was able to edge out the pack in overtime. He is just the fourth driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500s.
Aztecs Remain UnbeatenSan Diego State entered the week as a college hoops unbeaten. They rank just fourth in the country due to playing in the Mountain West conference, combined with having a very weak strength of schedule. The Aztecs haven’t faced a ranked team all year. As a result, it is incredibly important that they run the table if they want a high seed in March. A loss of any kind could show the committee that they are simply not equipped for a deep run. Fortunately, they were able to beat Boise State handily, by a 17 point margin. The Aztecs were only 5.5 point favorites on the road, leading to a big win for bettors.
Xavier Earns Big Cover Against ButlerXavier is an unranked team that isn’t having its best season so far, but they play a ton of marquee matchups by virtue of playing in the Big East. Last week, they had to face a Butler team ranking inside of the top 20, and entered as 5.5 point underdogs. While Xavier wasn’t able to win the contest, they only lost by five points. That’s a huge cover in such a major game for bettors. The Musketeers then went on to beat St. Johns by three points on the road. Xavier is a team on the bubble right now, and they definitely helped their case to make the tournament after last week.
Adam Scott Wins Genesis By Two StrokesScott entered the Genesis Open, played at the illustrious Riviera Country Club, at +2500 to win. After shooting a first round 72, he was not expected to have much of an impact on the result of the tournament. His odds got as high as 80/1 between rounds. Scott was able to fire back with a 64 on Day 2 of the tournament, good enough to not only make the cut, but to be in position to win the tournament. He then shot five under par over the weekend to close out the Genesis, beating a trio of golfers by two strokes. It was an impressive win for the Australian, who can still hit the ball a mile, but is routinely plagued by poor putting.
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