I'm not going to make an accusation that some NCAA games are fixed, and I certainly would never accuse the University of Miami for partaking in some nefarious activity. But let's face it, if it ever came out for a fact that some games are fixed, this one is a prime candidate. First, Miami still won the game while failing to cover the spread, the very definition of what would almost have to happen. Second, in the first half, the big fat Hurricane had a clear path to the basket for a layup or dunk and then fumbles the ball out of bounds. They sit his ass down and the cameras show him on the bench laughing away. My wife comments that he looks like a fun, jolly guy. I comment that he looks like he's in on it. In the second half, Paul hits a wide open 3, no Hurricane within a zip code from him. OK, that happens. On their very next possession, when Miami defenders now have to be fully aware that Paul can beat them from the outside, an Illinios big sets a pick for Paul. Now, if you really don't know how to play pick and roll defense, the instinctive play would be for both defenders to gravitate towards the shooter, who just made a 3 on the last possession. Instead, both cover the big, leaving Paul for another wide open 3 on back-to-back possessions.
To be fair, Miami has proved themselves well past the Missouri team of a year ago. However, they are either the most overrated team I've seen this season or at least a few Canes enjoyed a nice payday on Sunday night.