Monday, June 1, 2015

The Fixing of the 2015 NCAA Tournament

The annual fix fest known as the NCAA Tournament got under way in March 2015 when 12-point favorite Notre Dame, the reigning ACC Tournament champion, struggled to defeat mighty Northeastern, 69-65.

LSU threw the North Carolina State game when they deliberately missed their last 12 shots from the field and their last 6 free throws -- 18 shots in a row! They led 65-59 with 3:59 left in the game and ended up losing 66-65. LOL! Are we really supposed to believe that game was on the level?

Other games that were fixed included UCLA's 60-59 "victory" over SMU, helped along by a crooked golatending call on the game-winning basket; North Carolina's narrow escape against Harvard; and Purdue's 66-65 overtime "loss" to Cincinnati.

Somebody apparently wanted UCLA to make the Sweet Sixteen, because 14th-seeded UAB "upset" third-seeded Iowa State in another crooked game. That meant UCLA got to play the 14th seed instead of the third seed in its next game, and UCLA defeated UAB easily to advance.

In the Purdue-Cincinnati game, Boilermakers Coach Matt Painter called timeout with just seconds left in regulation to give Cincinnati a chance to set up a play for the game-tying basket. Purdue fans were all up in arms after the game, calling for Painter to be fired for stupidity, but it wasn't stupidity, he was just doing what he was told because the fix was in.

Refusing to cooperate would have meant the end of his career, and his life and the lives of his loved ones would have been in danger. Game-fixing is serious business.

The ACC Championship Game was also fixed, when Notre Dame went on a 26-5 run in the second half to rally from a huge deficit and defeat North Carolina, 90-82. The referees helped out by sending the Irish to the foul line 32 times compared to 7 for North Carolina.

This was the same Notre Dame team that struggled to defeat Northeastern in the NCAA Tournament opener and then benefited from the game-fixing scandal in their next game against Butler.

Notre Dame was on the other end of the game-fixing scandal when they were forced to throw the Kentucky game after building a 59-53 lead with about six minutes left. The Irish deliberately failed to score in the final two minutes.

A crooked officiating call in the final seconds sent Kentucky to the free-throw line for the game-winning free throws. The score at the time was 66-66, and the crooked call was delivered with 6 seconds left to play. See the 666? That was no accident -- 666 is the Mark of the Beast, and the Freemasons use it all the time to leave their fingerprints on the crime scene.

Notre Dame deliberately failed to execute a play for a game-tying basket at the end, instead settling for a wild and unnecessary three-point attempt. Deliberate coaching mistakes are another telltale sign when a game is fixed.

The Michigan State-Virginia game should have been a classic, but instead it turned into an extremely ragged affair because the fix was in. Virginia shot 2 for 17 from three-point range for 11.8 percent in the biggest game of the year.

As a matter of fact, anytime the best teams in college basketball shoot under 40 percent from the field in an NCAA Tournament game, it's time to get suspicious. Villanova shot 31 percent when they threw the North Carolina State game on March 21.

When your favorite team can't buy a basket and the players act like they don't care, the fix is in. When they start throwing the ball away and failing to hustle after loose balls and rebounds, the fix is in.

You can bet the fix is in when your favorite team purposely leaves the opposing team's best shooter wide open for easy shots, and they miss a ton of easy shots and free throws. They're not just having an "off night," they're missing those shots on purpose.

Butler went 10-19 from the foul line in their "loss" to Xavier in the Big East Tournament on March 13,  2015, and Kentucky missed a ton of foul shots on purpose when they threw the NCAA Championship Game to Connecticut in 2014.

There's lots more about how to fix a basketball game here: