Deep 3 Swings Duke-Syracuse Bets in Final Seconds

Mar 15, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Frank Howard

  • Duke opened as a 10.5-point favorite in Thursday's ACC Tournament game vs. Syracuse and closed at -13.
  • An NBA-range 3-pointer from Syracuse sophomore guard Frank Howard in the final seconds swung spread bets everywhere.

With the return of Zion Williamson to the hardwood, Thursday’s Duke-Syracuse game carried plenty of interest from fans and bettors alike.

It was the second-most bet college basketball game on the board, according to The Action Network’s data, with two-thirds of bettors laying the points with the Blue Devils.

Duke opened as 10.5-point favorites but closed -13, as a flood of Blue Devils money came in right before tip.

While Duke had control of the game for most of the night, never trailing in the final 27 minutes, the spread wasn’t settled until the final seconds, when this happened:

That’s Syracuse sophomore guard Frank Howard pulling up from the parking lot to nail an absolute dagger for anyone who laid more than 12.

While the circumstances make this a tough beat to swallow for Duke bettors, the cover probability chart in our (free) app shows those who had Cuse didn’t completely steal this one, as the Orange were projected to cover for nearly the entire second half.

Be sure to track all of your March Madness bets in our app to get cover probability in real-time.

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