Worst Beats of the Weekend: Backdoor Bombs and Cruel Collapses

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According to marine biologists, the winter tick population continues to decline. That will come as good news to the moose population, but not bettors. We could be in for a long winter full of moose. Thanks, ticks.

For those of you not familiar with the term “Moose,” it has been used for years within the sports betting world to reference a bad beat. It originated within the old school gambling forums more than 15 years ago, and has stuck ever since.

Every Monday, I will highlight the five biggest “mooses” from the weekend across all sports from my perspective (I can’t see everything). If you had the misfortune of betting on three of the five on the list,  you will be inducted into the “Action Network Moose Club Hall of Fame,” get some gear, and potentially win some cash if you are a PRO member.

We actually saw an example of the rare double moose” last week with Illinois -2.5 and the Over 144, as the Illini missed all 4 of their free throws in the final seconds. I’m still trying to figure out why the kid felt the need to miss on purpose up 4 with 0.1 seconds left.

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Hockey bettors also witnessed a horrendous moose last week in the Bruins/Devils game. Anybody who bet the Bruins puck line (-1.5) thought they had a winner when Brad Marchand put one in the back of the net in the final seconds.

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However, they decided to review the goal, and the puck didn’t cross in time. No goal. 3-2 final. Let’s now get into the five worst beats of this past weekend.

5. Clemson -2.5

Clemson led 68-60 with just under 4 minutes to go in the second half. However, Josh Okogie scored the next 10 points for Tech, putting a cover within reach. After Clemson took a 72-70 lead with 28 seconds remaining, Georgia Tech turned it over in the final seconds.

Clemson -2.5 bettors had to feel like they had a winner when Tech fouled Marcquise Reed with just 3.1 seconds left. Reed shot over 90.6% from the line last year, which was the eighth best single season free throw percentage in the ACC since 1992-1993. However, he improbably missed the front end.  Georgia Tech ultimately didn’t even get a shot off before the horn, but they did cover by the hook. A painful finish for anybody who backed the Tigers.

4. NFC -3

Nobody should have lost any money betting on football this past weekend, as we didn’t have a single NFL or NCAA football game for the first time since August. However, I know some of you had to scratch the itch and ended up with money on the exhibition known as the Pro Bowl. For those of you that did, I hope you chose the AFC.

The NFC took a 20-3 lead into the half, but the AFC returned the favor in the second half, winning the final thirty minutes by a score of 21-3. The AFC took their first lead of the game with 1:30 to go on a pass from Derek Carr to Delanie Walker. Earlier in the drive, Carr connected with Jarvis Landry on 4th and 7 to keep their hopes alive. Additionally, the AFC only had the ball because the NFC failed to convert on a 4th and 3 on their previous drive (after having 2nd and 2). On the final drive of the game, Von Miller sacked Jared Goff, causing a fumble that Miller himself recovered to seal the 24-23 AFC comeback win.

3. South Florida +22

Leading 60-40 with thirty five seconds left, Houston rebounded a USF miss, which meant they could not simply dribble out the clock. Instead, in the final seconds, Galen Robinson Jr. hit a 3 to give Houston a 63-40 victory (and 1 point cover). What makes that shot even worse for USF backers is the fact that Robinson was just 2-15 (13.3%) from 3 this season before that shot.


2. Evansville -5.5

Evansville took a 13-point lead into the half, and led by as many as 16 in the second half. They also still maintained a double digit margin with just under seven minutes left in regulation. Drake would make a late push, but Evansville hit two free throws to increase their lead to eight with 12 seconds remaining. Drake then hit a three to cut it to five with six seconds left and subsequently fouled. Evansville made both again to increase their lead back up to seven. Drake followed with a “meaningless” 3-pointer at the horn, which made the final score 77-73.

The Bulldogs hit two threes in the final six seconds, the last of which came as both benches started to walk toward each other to shake hands. See for yourself in the clip below. Classic backdoor moose.

1. Marshall +10.5

Believe it or not, Marshall took a 74-70 lead with 4:39 left in regulation against Western Kentucky. However, they would finish the rest of the game 0-9 with zero points. WKU finished the game on a 15-0 run over the last 3:14 to win 85-74 and cover by the hook. WKU finally got outside of the number with twenty seconds left, after Marshall fouled down 10. Brutal.

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