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.

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