Last night Ohio State came close to being the first non-conference team to win at Cameron Indoor Stadium since St. John’sdid it in 2000. So that makes 97 straight for the Blue Devils at home vs. non-ACC teams. I wonder in how many of those games Duke went 10:26 between made field goals. I also wonder in how many of those games Duke missed the front end of 3 one-and-ones in the last-minute of the 2nd half. How about doing both of those things in the same damn game? Unfortunately for me, I know it happened at least once.
If you bet sports for long enough, it is games like this that drive you crazy. Duke was favored by 6 points and the total was 142. The final score was 73-68 with Duke coming out on top. The Blue Devils missed covering the spread by 1 and the under hit by 1. If Duke doesn’t go stone dick cold in the first half, they probably cover and the game sails over the total. Even with Duke’s pathetic offensive performance in the 1st half, they still could have covered and the game should have gone over if they didn’t clank 3 straight front ends in a matter of 14 seconds. That is 6 points down the drain right there. Even if they only hit 50% of six free throws they should have had, they cover and the game goes over. In betting terms, I just had a bad beat or a polite way of saying I got fucked.
Last night’s game brought back haunting memories of another time myself and countless other sports betters got screwed by Duke. For most sports fans, Christian Laettner’s last second shot vs.Kentuckyin the 1992 regional final is the most famous buzzer beater in NCAA tournament history. It isn’t, at least for degenerate sports gamblers. Duke was a 7.5 point favorite over Kentucky in ’92 so whether Laettner hits that shot or not, the Wildcats covered the spread with ease. But in the national semi-final in 2004, Chris Duhon hit a half court shot at the buzzer that will forever live in sports betting infamy. Duke trailed UConn by 4 points with 3.2 seconds left in the game. The game was over but for some unknown reason, Duhon fired off a half court shot, and the bastard made it, making the final score 79-78 UConn. The Huskies were 2 point favorites in the game and I was giving the points. No official numbers were ever released but estimates were somewhere between $30 and $100 million was transferred on that last second heave by Duhon. I will never forgive him.
Now back to last night’s game. Even with Duke’s 10 minute and 26 second FG drought in the first half, and the 3 straight misses on front ends at the end of the game, there was still a chance to push both bets. With 0.2 seconds left on the clock, Duke’s center, Mason Plumlee, had 1 free throw that would have tied both of my bets. He scored 21 points, grabbed 17 boards and to this point in the game was 9/11 from the foul line. So there is no need to sweat it, I am at least going to get my money back when he hits this last FT, right? Nope. Mr. Plumlee doesn’t just miss the last FT, he airballs the fucking thing. I don’t even think he hit the net. Someone needs to investigate his ass, because I think Plumlee is on the take!