On This Date in Sports Betting History: April 2
Jeff Gross/Getty Images. Pictured: Anthony Davis
There are no sports being played on April 2, 2020. There were, however, sports being played on this date last year.
And in 2018. And in 2017. And … you get it.
With nothing to bet on during this pandemic period, let’s to take a trip down memory lane and relive the best sports betting moments on this date in history.
April 2, 2013: Knicks vs. Heat
- Spread: Knicks -3
- Over/under: 192
Carmelo Anthony doesn’t score a single point in the paint … but he still drops 50 of the Knicks’ 102.
Over bettors need every one of those 50 points just to walk away with a push, as New York wins, 102-90, covering its 3-point closing spread.
April 2, 2012: Kansas vs. Kentucky, National Championship
- Spread: Kentucky -6
- Over/under: 138.5
Kentucky goes up 14 entering halftime, and still holds a 59-45 lead with less than five minutes to play. But Kansas fights back to give its spread backers life.
Seven points in less than a minute bring the score within a point of the spread, and with 1:30 to go, the Jayhawks are in the money, down 62-57.
Five made free throws to close out the game, however, give Kentucky a 67-59 win, and the public (61% were on the Wildcats) covers by a bucket.
Anthony Davis is named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player.
April 2, 1990: UNLV vs. Duke, National Championship
- Spread: UNLV -4.5
UNLV runs away with a 103-73 win over Duke — the biggest margin of victory in a national title game. Unsurprisingly, that covers the spread (which was -4.5).
Anderson Hunt drops 29 in the championship and is named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.