Basketball analysts wonder why No. 2 Duke thought they had to send Caleb Love to the free throw line in the game’s dying minutes against No. 12 Arizona. Love averaged 81.2 percent from the line. Also, he scored six free throws in the last 44 seconds during a UNC-Duke game two years ago. Two seasons later, Arizona upset Duke with Love taking free throws again. However, he is now wearing a new uniform.
At halftime, the Wildcats held Duke’s top two scorers, Jeremy Roach and Tyrese Proctor, to a combined 0-5 from the free-throw line. In addition, they shot 16.7 percent from outside the arc. Duke made 7 of 17 3-point tries against Dartmouth only four days ago, so this squad can be relied upon to be accurate from long-range this season.
In the first half, the Blue Devils could hold the advantage for only three possessions until the Wildcats finally answered. After the first half, the Wildcats made their move. According to sportsbook PPH reports, they raced to a six-point lead before a Love three-pointer. As a result, the Wildcats achieved their largest game lead as the half ended.
Arizona Upset Duke
According to bookie PPH experts, the Blue Devils needed eight minutes to claw back from a 22-point hole to tie the game with the Wildcats at 52. Oumar Ballo had his hands full in the second half between covering Preseason All-American Kyle Filipowski. Thus, the Wildcats had a field goal percentage of 44 percent.
The score was tied at 69 with 47 seconds remaining. Thus, free throws became the deciding factor. After six combined free throw attempts and four fouls, Love made the final of his two flawless efforts to bring the score to 76-73.
With 5 seconds remaining, Duke passed long, tipped by Larsson, and caught by Love. According to white label sports betting sources, all needed to give Arizona the 78-73 victory was a rebound to KJ Davis, who dunked it.