Friday, March 07, 2008

Did you see the end of the UCLA/Stanford game?

Depending on which side you were on, this was either the best bet that ever came in or one of the worst losses you have ever endured. Most lines were at -/+8.5.

Stanford was in control for most of the game and had a 5 point lead with :50 seconds left. UCLA came back and ultimately tied the game. Lawrence Hill drove down and made a floater with 7 seconds left in regulation to give stanford the lead. Collison then drove down the court and put up a shot that was "blocked" by Hill but they called a foul. They showed several replays of the block and it did not look like a foul. Collison made both and sent the game to OT, but clearly Stanford should have won this game in regulation.

But it gets better (or worse) depending on your point of view. Nobody scored for the first two minutes of OT. Finally UCLA made a bucket and with about a minute left, it was a 2 point game with UCLA leading. After a flagrant foul was called on Stanford (which probably wasn't the right call), UCLA had a 6 point lead and stanford was in "deep 3" mode and then fouling after they missed. UCLA got two garbage buckets which pushed the lead to 10 with 12 seconds left. Stanford came down firing threes and missing but got the offensive board. Mitch Johnson finally shot an open 10 footer for a bucket to cut the lead to 8 with 1.2 seconds left.

Here is where it gets interesting. Love in-bounded the ball to Collison, and the clock did not start. Collison got it at half court and jogged to the hoop expecting the clock to sound, which it did not. He kept going and ultimately rolled it off the rim for the cover at the buzzer.

Absolutely amazing if you had UCLA and devastating if you had Stanford.



Blogger maia said...

I don't want to say "I told you so" but...

10:00 AM  
Blogger Money said...

You called it. It was a great halftime bet and as you predicted, UCLA covered the original line. That is typical of home favorites down big at halftime. The second half bet is a layup and 60% of the time you will still win your original bet more than 50%. It's true! Crunch the numbers.

10:11 AM  

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