Tim Cluess

Iona, Manhattan and the bad beat of the century

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We’re not much into gambling around these parts, but what happened at the end of the MAAC title game between Manhattan and Iona must be written about.

Iona was favored, giving four points to the Jaspers, and they had pulled away late in the second half after Manhattan had been in control for much of the first 20 minutes. When David Laury threw down a dunk in transition with six seconds left, the Gaels opened up a 60-52 lead and everyone — even the gamblers — felt comfortable with the outcome.

Well, Manhattan hit a three with 0.1 seconds left on the clock to cut the lead to 60-55. The Iona fans stormed the court after the shot went in, but since there were 0.1 seconds left, the Gaels were called for a technical foul. Donovan Kates stepped to the line and hit both free throws before Iona inbounded the ball and ran that final tenth of a second off.

Final score: 60-57.

Which means that Manhattan covered the spread.

With a three and a pair of technical free throws with 0.1 seconds left on the block.

Now, that’s a bad beat regardless of the situation, but can you imagine being this guy?:

This is why you don’t gamble on sports, kids.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

Tennessee G Hubbs undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs won’t practice this week after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday.

The school said in a news release that Hubbs had it done “to address chronic swelling issues that have been present since the preseason.”

No timetable has been set for when Hubbs could return to action, but he is considered doubtful for Tennessee’s next game on Dec. 12 at Butler. Tennessee (4-3) is in the midst of a 13-day break from games, which marks the program’s longest layoff during a season since December 1967.

Hubbs is averaging 15.3 points per game to rank third on the team. The 6-foot-4 junior has scored at least 13 points in each of Tennessee’s seven games.

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.