Devonte Graham’s 35 points too much for Syracuse to overcome in 76-60 loss to No. 2 Kansas

first_imgMIAMI — Kansas needed an answer. For much of the night, the Jayhawks defense stymied Syracuse. The Jayhawks raced out to a 14-point advantage at halftime.But now, to start the second half, the Orange was back. Tyus Battle and Frank Howard, as they’ve done all year, were leading the offense. Battle made his first 3-pointer of the game. Then he drove in and got the and-1.Next it was Howard’s turn. A steal and a layup, followed up by an and-1 for himself. Then he hit a 3-pointer. The clunky Syracuse offense of the first half was gone. The Kansas fans, who’d been the louder supporters before the tip, ceded way to a raucous Orange crowd. A 20-point lead was down to seven.The Jayhawks’ next possession was falling apart, too. The ball was handed off to Devonte’ Graham with the shot clock winding down. Graham stepped back from Tyus Battle and shot an NBA-range 3-pointer with Frank Howard charging at him. It hit nothing but net.“On a night where basically we didn’t have much going on, he needed to do that,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “He picked his spots well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (6-1) was playing the toughest team it had all season on Saturday, and as a result, was seeing one of the best individual players in the country. Graham led the No. 2 Jayhawks (7-0) with a career-high 35 points, including seven 3-pointers. The performance was too much for the Orange to overcome in its 76-60 loss.The senior point guard missed his first three shots from deep in the game. It was part of a back-and-forth first 15 minutes, in which both teams struggled to hit anything from the field.Late in the first half, Graham knocked down a tough midrange jumper with Howard guarding him closely. On the next KU possession, Howard picked up his third foul trying to aggressively go over a screen and stay with Graham. Howard was sent to the bench and Graham hit two free throws.Then, in a blur, Graham knocked down three-straight 3-pointers. He smacked his chest and walked back with a swagger after the last one, culminating the stretch in which he scored the Jayhawks’ last 14 points of the half.Many of his 3-pointers, in both halves, came from the top of the key. Graham knew he’d find success there from his own experiences playing in a zone.“When we run our 2-3 zone, when the ball goes to the middle, we fan out,” Graham said. “You’ve got to leave somebody open, it’s usually the guy at the top.”Graham, who started the season in the conversation for the National Player of the Year award, struggled with his shot early this season. Through four games, he was shooting just 34 percent and averaging only 11.5 points.Then, in KU’s last matchup against Toledo, he exploded for 35 points. He matched that total again in Saturday’s contest.Graham, who came into the game averaging 8.5 per game, said that he balances his scoring and passing based on game flow. His shot wasn’t falling over the first four games. When it was tonight, he made sure to take advantage of it.Boeheim said that he felt the defense wasn’t the issue on Saturday, instead pinning the brunt of the loss on offensive ineffectiveness. Still, he wasn’t pleased with the defense played on Graham.He helped the Jayhawks pull away from the Orange late in the first half. When the Orange started creeping back in the second half, he made sure to keep it at bay for good.“Graham was really good today,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He kept making a shot every time we needed something.” Comments Published on December 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Keir Adams, SBTech: Pricing betting’s most unpredictable market

first_img Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Bookmakers will have their political credentials put under the spotlight once again, as the UK prepares for a general election on Thursday 12 December. Following year-on-year political upsets since 2015, Keir Adams, Head of UK Sports at SBTech, spoke to SBC News about pricing betting’s most unpredictable market.SBC: How do you price an election? And how do you price in particular this election?KA: Politics has been turned on its head in the last 10 years and both technology suppliers and operators must work extremely hard, round the clock and across a vast array of sources to achieve the right results when it comes to political betting.You must always try to keep a clear head and not get carried away with one source of information such as a poll, or something someone says during a campaign speech or debate, for example.Pricing is getting tougher and tougher with so much more information and data available and to monitor. Overall, bookmakers have got it wrong for the last few big events. Many betting companies looked at London as a guide for how Brexit would fare, but London is a melting pot and was always going to vote to remain. What they failed to do during the referendum was look everywhere else, such as the north of the country and the pro-Brexit towns and villages.This election will be much tougher to price and impossible to automate the entire process. It will also largely be decided around what tactical positions MPs and voters are taking. For instance, the Brexit party has agreed not to stand in Conservative areas, while the Lib Dems have a pact not with Plaid Cymru and the Greens not to stand against them.Also, in previous elections, we have been able to see how each constituency and how their MP has voted for or against Brexit, for example. Now we have a case where the process has been delayed for so long that MPs who are against Brexit still occupy seats where most people voted to leave European Union with these MPs going against what their constituents wanted. This makes it even tougher to model.We began offering constituencies markets very early and, aside from suspending them overnight as its very hard to keep up during that time period, we have kept them open.SBC: What information and data do you look at and consider?KA: Political betting today uses a multitude of sources. The backbone of our work and outcomes are generated by our advanced automated platform. The model here is very good at predicting which party will gain the most seats as well an overall majority, however matters become much more complicated when it comes to the 650 constituencies in the United Kingdom.Here it comes down to trying to keep track of every local issue, and it is local knowledge that helps to find value. It’s very tough to stay on top of all 650 seats and all the issues for each constituency. Countrywide issues that affect us all such as the NHS and Brexit are areas we can track, but if something local happens in Sunderland, for example, that has upset people there, it’s difficult for us and the bookmaking industry as a whole to stay on top of everything.Beforehand, we were able to use data from previous elections and how seats have changed over time. Elections and outcomes were far more straightforward in the past. You would have safe seats, such as Sunderland that may lose some ground at times, but it would take a miracle for them to change hands. Nowadays things are very different.We look at every data point and every factor and piece of research that can influence the various outcomes of the election, as well as TV debates and polls. Polls have been used and relied on for many years but the last few elections and referendums across the UK and US have been very unpredictable, and polls have often been wrong. For that reason, we review them but take them with a pinch of salt at times.We combine automated systems, research and polls with external experts such as final analyst Martin Baxter who runs the political forecasting website Electoral Calculus and uses complex mathematical modelling to predict outcomes. In six out of seven general elections from 1992 to 2017 they have correctly predicted the party which won the most seats (except 1992) as well as the party which won a majority, or the outcome of a hung parliament, in four out of seven (1997, 2001, 2005, 2010).We also track the market and other bookmakers such as the Betfair exchange and spreads to see where the money is going and which direction people are heading. On the exchange we can see how much money is matched and where people are trying to get on for certain selections.We also mustn’t forget social media which today has more of an influence than ever. 10 years ago, this was a very different story. SBC: What do you think the outcome of the vote will be?KA: The market is currently expecting a definite but slim Tory majority of around 50 seats. The picture is changing all the time but we’re reasonably certain at this point that the Conservatives will win the election and achieve a majority.Many bookmakers have been bullish on the Lib Dems winning around 40 seats, but this has now dropped to the 30s. The Brexit Party is more likely to get zero seats than five, but we have them at a likely one to two seats as they could receive support from disaffected Tory supporters.SBC: Can you predict any upsets?KA: The North of England could see some potential upsets. Richard Tice, the Brexit Party chairman, is standing in Hartlepool where 70% of the population voted to leave the EU. There may well be a very close three horse race there.Other Northern constituencies such as Bolsover where Labour MP Dennis Skinner is running and where he has held that seat since 1970 could also see a shock. This is the fifth strongest Labour seat, but many are predicting the Tories will win this seat by a few percentage points. Not so long ago he had a 90% chance of winning, bit this is only now 60%. People there could oust a former miner in a mining town. They are voting for change and with their heads, not their hearts.There is also good value to be had on the Labour party winning less than 200 seats with Labour down to 200 from 230 in two weeks. Things have changed and are constantly moving with Tories and Lib Dems winning seats against Labour, and the latter fighting a strong Stop Brexit campaign. With those factors Labour may find it difficult in a few weeks’ time. Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020last_img read more

Nyantakyi set to be re-elected as GFA President

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association Congress will re-elect incumbent president Kwesi Nyantakyi to continue for another four-year term at the UDS Hall in Tamale today. This year’s Congress had been threatened by legal action but a court ruling last Friday paved the way for all members of the Association to gather in Tamale for the process.Nyantakyi ran unopposed after all the earlier announced contenders failed to complete the standard nomination procedure.This is the second time in a row  the lawyer will have no challenger at the polls after three candidates were disqualified from the race in 2011 for failing to meet election requirements. According to  Article 28.7 of the Ghana FA Statutes, Congress will duly return the 47-year-old as president.  –Follow Benedict on Twitter: @KwesiBenedict. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more