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Tyler Lydon Talks March Madness Picks

Written by: Bill Krackomberger
Updated October 14, 2022
13 min read

With March Madness underway, we’re entering some of the biggest weeks of the year for sports bettors. So what better time to sit back and listen to a brand new episode of the Wise Kracks Sports Betting Podcast?

Krack and Jon have tons of tips and picks for betting the NCAA tournament, and to take it to the next level we have a guest that made it all the way to the Final Four before becoming an NBA first round draft pick: Tyler Lydon.

Watch the episode for a thoughtful interview with Lydon, plus tons of other stories from this week in sports. Our favorite was how news of Tom Brady’s return was somehow leaked to sports bettors who dropped some huge bets on Buccs futures just days before Brady made the announcement.

It’s a fascinating story and we recommend checking it out!

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NCAA, NBA’s Tyler Lydon Talks March Madness

With March Madness upon us, it was awesome having someone with Tyler Lydon’s firsthand experience on the show.

In 2016 Lydon competed in the Final Four playing for Syracuse and went on to be drafted in the first round by the Utah Jazz before playing for the Denver Nuggets. Lydon’s career was cut short by injury but it didn’t stop him from playing and winning the $1 million winner-take-all The Basketball Tournament on ESPN in 2021.

“Man it feels like I’m supposed to be playing in the Final Four tomorrow,” said Tyler with a smile, looking back on his own Final Four run from just six years ago.

Lydon opened up to Bill about what it was like competing at the highest levels of the NCAA, and the transition to playing in the NBA.

Lydon also walks us through how he won ESPN’s The Basketball Tournament in 2021. The prize is $1 million, winner take all, and Lydon pocketed $80,000 straight up for his part on the winning team.

Insider Info Led to Big Bets on Brady Futures

In the days leading up to Tom Brady’s announcement that he will be returning as QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, loads of huge bets went down on futures for the Buccs to win everything from the division to the conference to the Super Bowl.

Frequent Wise Kracks guest Jay Kornegay, the head of the SuperBook at Westgate, was featured in an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal calling for an investigation into what really happened.

“Jay got hit at 60 to 1, they lowered it to 25 to 1 and he got hit again,” said Krack. “He knew something was up.”

Krack went on to explain that it wasn’t just at Las Vegas sportsbooks. Big bets were going down at legal books across the country. And with everyone’s attention focused on betting the NCAA tournament, it stood out even more that people were betting big on Buccs futures.

“It kind of hijacked Selection Sunday,” said Krack, referring to the timing of Brady’s announcement at such a big time leading up to March Madness. “But it drastically altered the NFL forecast for this year.”

Another interesting angle Krack explained is that while legal US sportsbooks will probably honor these bets, new information withstanding, while bets like this made with off-shore books would be canceled in a heartbeat.

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Billy “Krackman” Krackomberger has made his living as a professional sports gambler for nearly three decades. You have seen him on ESPN, Gaming Today, and SiriusXM. His connections in the sports gambling industry run all the way to the top. His bets move the lines and regularly have him banned from books for being too sharp. Email: [email protected]

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