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Larry Brown Sports Accuses Refs In Duke Game Of Collaborating With Gamblers

Wow. Not much else to say.

Mar 27, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Tyus Jones (5) drives as Utah Utes guard/forward Dakarai Tucker (14) defends in the first half during the semifinals of the south regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at NRG Stadium.
Mar 27, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Tyus Jones (5) drives as Utah Utes guard/forward Dakarai Tucker (14) defends in the first half during the semifinals of the south regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at NRG Stadium.
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After the win over Utah, we wrote a bit about the last foul call, which swung a ton of money in gambling circles.

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So we weren't the only ones. But the guy who runs Larry Brown Sports went a bit further, and essentially accused the refs of working with gamblers to make sure that the spread was met. Check this out:

"The referees in charge of the Duke-Utah NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game on Friday pulled nothing short of a shady move that also happened to help the Blue Devils cover the spread...Someone involved in officiating that game was motivated by having Duke cover the spread. It was too obvious."

Wow. If you publicly accuse people of cheating you had better have proof. He may get a letter from someone's attorney this week. And by the way, it's not Duke covering the spread, it's gamblers hoping that Duke covers the spread.

And actually this guy might as well: "And I don't care about the lying. Everybody lies in college basketball. You think Kentucky and John Calipari aren't paying all their players on this year's team? Come on, don't be naive."

We would certainly admit to doubts - and point to what happened at UNC and Syracuse to show how people can get around academics - but there's no proof of cheating at UK. Having doubts is not the same thing  as having proof.