Sports Gambling May Force NCAA to review all buzzer beaters

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The NCAA on Friday said that a committee examining sports wagering will consider whether buzzer-beaters during the NCAA tournament should be reviewed.

"To correct our previous comments, 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 polices that might be impacted by the new gambling environment in regular season and postseason play, including reviews of last-second shots," the NCAA said in a statement. "This action is in keeping with our commitment to maintain the integrity of the games."

 

The discussion of this policy comes in the wake of two recent late-game officiating rulings in college hoops -- both of which affected the outcome of point-spread wagers.

Both Oklahoma (against Iowa State on Monday) and Creighton (at Villanova on Wednesday) scored last-second 3-pointers that appeared to have come after time had expired. However, because neither shot affected the outcome of the game, the officials followed NCAA protocol and did not use instant replay to see if the shots were released in time.

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