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Point shaving is a deliberate choice by players to reduce effort in order to score fewer points while still winning the game.
Gagliano is the author of No Grey Areas: The Inside Story of the Largest Point Shaving Scandal in History and the Consequences Thereafter, from which this article is adapted.
Point shaving first came to the public's attention in 1951, when a criminal investigation uncovered evidence of point shaving involving players from the University of Kentucky and several schools in New York City.
Our article's investigation of point shaving in college basketball highlights the necessity of identifying appropriate counterfactuals and robustness checks to validate findings.
There are chapters on gambling, throwing games and point shaving.
During one of these forays, they overhear a conversation involving a star basketball player and a point shaving scheme.
The NCAA believes college athletes easily can be manipulated into following along with fixed games or point shaving scandals.
His players have had a slew of legal problems, including that small matter of point shaving.
Their lives are nothing like the promise their college careers once held, all because of gambling--more specifically, illegal sports wagering that led to point shaving.
In a recent e-mail, Kreft said two of the players involved in the Northwestern point shaving - Dewey Williams and Matt Purdy - were his roommates on road trips (Williams, during Kreft's sophomore year, and Purdy, during Kreft's junior season).
Unfortunately, unsubstantiated charges of cheating by one student were treated as a major scandal on the order of point shaving, using drugs or committing perjury before Kenneth Starr.