If you placed a bet on the Kentucky Wildcats last night in their SEC home opener over Texas A&M, you probably lost a decent chunk of change. Odds are good you also pulled your hair out down the stretch.
With the clock winding down and the Wildcat lead at a comfortable 14 points, point guard Ashton Hagans tossed the ball high in the air, hoping to just let the clock run out and finalize the victory.
While John Calipari and Billy Kennedy shook hands at midcourt and players began walking off the floor, the referees gathered together to determine whether or not the time had expired and the game was over.
Instead of calling the game (as they should have), they added a measly 0.8 seconds remaining on the clock to give Texas A&M one more opportunity with the ball.
Aggie guard Savion Flagg caught the inbound and tossed the 50-footer from half court, absolutely nailing the shot as time expired.
— BettorIQ (@BettorIQ) January 9, 2019
So why does a meaningless three with the game out of reach at the end of regulation matter?
Depending on the betting service, the line for this game opened at -12.5 and ended anywhere from -13 to -14 in Kentucky’s favor at tip-off. With a buzzer-beater to cut the Kentucky lead from 14 to 11 points, those who bet on the Wildcats likely came away empty-handed and pretty darn frustrated.
That’s a bad, bad beat. One of the worst I’ve ever seen.