Last defendant in San Diego game-fixing scandal sentenced

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The final defendant in the game-fixing scandal that included former San Diego point guard Brandon Johnson, bookmaker Richard Garmo, was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation on Thursday.

Garmo was one of three “primary” defendants in the case, with fellow primary defendants Steve Goria and Paul Thweni receiving 30-month sentences. Garmo tearfully apologized for his role in the scandal just before receiving his sentence.

“I apologize to my father and (for) the embarrassment I brought to the family,” Garmo said according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I apologize to anybody else who has been affected by this, all the time spent, all the money spent. I want to apologize to the university. Just, I’m sorry.”

Of the ten people originally indicted two, Brandon Dowdy and Lilian Goria, had charges against them dropped last week. The 30-month sentences given to Thweni and Steve Goria were the stiffest handed out, with Johnson receiving a six-month sentence for his role in the game-fixing scandal.

Former San Diego assistant coach T.J. Brown was given a one-year sentence on April 4.

According to prosecutors, who requested that Garmo receive a 30-month sentence, Garmo “heavily financed this operation” and his financial struggles led to Garmo becoming even more involved in gambling and the fixing of games.

With the criminal portion of the scandal complete, San Diego could still face NCAA sanctions.

According to the Union-Tribune, the NCAA has stated in the past that it would wait for the criminal investigation to be completed before conducting its own investigation.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.


AP Poll: Syracuse, Xavier big winners in college basketball rankings

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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.

The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.

[MORE RANKINGS: top 25 | Coaches Poll]

It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.

Anyway, here is the full poll:

1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
4. Kansas
5. Iowa State
6. Oklahoma
7. Duke
8. Villanova
9. North Carolina
10. Virginia
11. Purdue
12. Xavier
13. Gonzaga
14. Syracuse
15. Oregon
16. Vanderbilt
17. Cincinnati
18. Texas A&M
19. Arizona
20. West Virginia
21. Miami
22. SMU
23. Providence
24. Louisville
25. Baylor

NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville

DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State