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For the second time ​this week, we have a major gambling controversy in college basketball. While there was nothing to worry about for the average fan, bettors were sent into a tailspin of emotions as the ​Villanova Wildcats-Creighton Bluejays game came to a close.


Similar to the ending of the ​Iowa State-Oklahoma game on Monday night, Villanova saw a shot count that clearly shouldn't have on Wednesday night. The shot was meaningless, in terms of the score of the game, but for the betting line, it meant everything. 


Villanova was a 9-point favorite on most sportsbooks, including ​FanDuel Sportsbook, and in the final seconds of the game, Villanova was up nine and Creighton had the ball. Bluejays' guard Kaleb Joseph drove down the court and hit a floating jumper with zeros on the clock.


The only issue, he didn't get the shot off before the clock expired, and it really wasn't even close. 

Instant replay wasn't even required to see that Joseph didn't get it off in time. It was easily distinguishable to the naked eye. Yet, somehow, the basket counted. No instant replay from the refs, no complaints from the coaches or players, just thousands of angry bettors littered across America pulling their hair out after they just witnessed their bet go from a push to a loss, unjustly.

Games like this are why the term ​"bad beat" was coined. This game is also why it's laughable for the leagues to request an integrity fee from sportsbooks. You can't charge for something you're clearly not willing or able to provide.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.