NCAA addresses buzzer-beaters

NCAA addresses buzzer-beaters

February 16, 2019 7:06 AM
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The NCAA reacted in a professional manner when releasing a statement regarding official reviews as it relates to scoring events in games moving forward, although the wording left many wondering if it would start reviewing buzzer-beaters immediately.

Following the impact of a pair of buzzer-beater shots in a matter of days that affected point-spread outcomes where sports betting is legal, the NCAA at least tried to get out in front of the awkward endings of late.

The NCAA said: “...an NCAA membership ad hoc committee examining sports wagering will work with appropriate standing membership committees, specifically playing rules, to direct review of all NCAA policies that might be impacted by the new gambling environment in regular season and postseason play, including reviews of last-second shots. This action is in keeping with our commitment to maintaining the integrity of the games.”

Other than the low-impact of the “I”-word, which industry pundits love to pan, there are some other key words in the statement that at least clears the air some that the NCAA sees there is some importance to keeping an accurate score.

Phrases like “sports wagering” and “gambling environment,” while vague, are in direct response to recognizing the betting industry’s impact.

And the significance is the fact that it comes from the “amateur” sports organization, as many states seeking to add sports betting have some introductions of rules that do not include betting on college events.

Wednesday

Arizona State (142) at Colorado: The Buffaloes had a terrific weekend, sweeping the L.A. teams for a three-game winning streak and now they’re expected to win against visiting ASU, which is ahead of them in the standings. The Sun Devils are 1-6 to the under on the road while CU is 8-15 to the under overall. UNDER

Thursday

Murray State (156) at Austin Peay: Two of the three teams tied for first in the Ohio Valley, along with Belmont, meet for the first time this season, with the second game on the last night of the campaign. This game is expected to come close to a pick’em, which could result in overtime. Peay is 7-3 to the over at home. OVER

Friday

Buffalo (PK) at Toledo: The Bulls have attracted the headlines with their 20-3 mark while the Rockets are a clear leader in the MAC West, are more or less under the radar, comparatively, with a 20-4 record. Buffalo has the headliners but had lost two of its last five going into Tuesday’s game at Akron, while Toledo comes in with the five-game win streak. TOLEDO

Saturday

Maryland (125) at Michigan: The Wolverines are nearing the top five once again and have kept the opposition down, particularly at home, going 5-10 to the under at Crisler Center and 8-16 to the low overall. The Terrapins were the surprise early in Big Ten play but had lost three of five heading into Tuesday’s game at home against Purdue. UNDER

Florida (+4.5) at Alabama: Real contrast as Florida has gone 1-9 to the under on the road this season while the Crimson Tide is 11-2 to the over at home. The Gators carried a three-game losing streak into Wednesday’s home game with Vandy, now they’re on the road against a ‘Bama team coming back home after a pair of road games. ALABAMA

Iowa State (126) at Kansas State: The Wildcats have been a strong under play at home this season, going 4-11 to the low, which has helped lead to four-straight wins in Manhattan. Kansas State won the first meeting, 58-57, behind 23 points from Barry Brown, and allowed just one Cyclone to score in double digits. UNDER

Iowa (152) at Rutgers: Iowa, which has won three straight and has been off this week, is 5-1 to the over on the road this season, while Rutgers was 13-9-1 to the over this season. Rutgers’ three-game conference win streak now a thing of the past after dropping the next three before Wednesday’s road game at Northwestern. OVER

Tennessee (+2) at Kentucky: The SEC game of the year-to-date with the one-loss Wildcats hosting the unbeaten Vols. Tennessee’s caught the national public’s eye as well, with just one straight-up loss heading into Wednesday’s home game with South Carolina. Meanwhile, UK is seemingly back with its 10-game win streak before Tuesday’s huge home game with LSU that had the loser with two conference losses. TENNESSEE

Sunday

Ohio State (+12.5) at Michigan State: The falling Spartans ran into a rough patch with three-straight losses but still have been a terrific cover at home this season with a 10-3 spread mark in East Lansing and a 17-7 ATS record overall. Michigan State bounced back to rout Minnesota here before Tuesday’s game at Wisconsin. MICHIGAN ST.

Villanova (-4) at St. John’s: Marquette just had enough to hand the Wildcats their first loss on Saturday to end an 11-game winning streak for VU. St. John’s lost by just five in the first meeting back on Jan. 8, as the Red Storm couldn’t hold off the ferocious comeback late in the game. Villanova’s Eric Paschall and Phil Booth combined for 48 points in that one. VILLANOVA

Seton Hall (150) at Creighton: The Blue Jays have taken a real tumble in the Big East of late, including the first meeting between these two which was just last Saturday, with the Pirates claiming a 63-58 home win behind 22 points from Myles Powell. Seton Hall is 5-8 to the under on the road, so the pace would have to increase. UNDER

Last week: 5-4

Season: 33-37-1

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