Monday, April 05, 2004

How much is one shot worth?

At the end of the Connecticut-Duke NCAA semi-final game, with Tech leading 79-75, Duke's Chris Duhon launched a one-footed, one-handed, 40 ft shot with less than 1 second on the clock. It went in, but Duke still trailed 79-78, and Tech won the game. So it's a meaningless shot, right? Wrong. The point spread was Connecticut+2. So about $100 million changed hands in the opposite direction from what would have happened if Duhon had just dribbled out the clock.

(Thank's to ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning for pointing this out.)

Yes, I originally had Georgia Tech-Duke. Asleep, I guess.