Tuesday, June 14, 2022

246th game biggest shocker as Jabbar fouls out guarding Cummings

 The 246th Value Add Basketball Game we've played since inventing the game was the biggest upset.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 1967 UCLA team led 45-40 with 15:01 (25 possessions) left to play against 1980 DePaul when Terry Cummings drew a 5th foul on Jabbar (Lew Alcindor at the time).

With Jabbar out, rolls of 7 or 8 on the 8-sided die no longer goes to anyone, forcing a second die roll. By game rolls, in this case if the second roll is 6-8 the possession ends in a shot clock turnover.

DePaul's defense was already forcing turnovers and preventing UCLA from getting the ball inside - becoming the first great team we recall to have a double digit edge in turnovers forced (23-11).

DePaul scored on fast breaks on most of their 9 steals and Cummings had 3 traditional 3-point plays (he is an 85% free throw shooter as 1-17 is good and only 18-20 is a miss.

With Jabbar out DePaul won the last 15 minutes of the game 46-26 to advance to our Final 4 with an 86-71 shocker.

Like in real basketball results can be completely different from game to game such as this Big East triangle:

UConn 2004 dominated Villanova 2018 on the boards in a 73-56 blowout.

Louisville 2013 speed killed UConn 74-61.

Add those up and it would appear UConn was 31 points better than Nova, however when they played Nova won 77-73 and then in our first 96-team tournament Nova went much further than the other two and all the way to the Final 4.

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