Back door: Duke bettors win on last free throw after review

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Think that last free throw was meaningless for Duke as it beat Utah in the Sweet 16? Thousands of gamblers in Las Vegas disagree.

The free throw allowed the Blue Devils to cover a 5-point spread on Friday night, topping the Utes by 6 at 63-57 and flipping wagers on a game many thought was already over.

Luckily for gamblers, it appears most were backing Duke, laying 5 points at Las Vegas sports books operated by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International and the Wynn Las Vegas.

That bet was looking OK for Utah wagers as the game was wrapping up. Then, the whistle. The officials had reviewed a call and determined that Utah, which was trying to foul, had successfully done so with 0.6 seconds left on the clock.

The score at that moment was 62-57, a would-be push on a 5-point spread.

Quinn Cook made the second of two free throws to give Duke a 6-point win.


AP Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins in Houston contributed to this report.