Syracuse players the center of point-shaving rumors

Dangerous rumors are coming out of the Carrier Dome late Tuesday night with a report of possible point shaving by members of the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball program.

According to WYNN’s Andy Adamson, Syracuse players Scoop Jardine, James Southerland and Dion Waiters are allegedly involved in the scandal. Adamson reported the scandal, originally posted at poker website PocketFives.com, on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. He has since removed the entries, leaving many to question the validity of these rumors.

Popular Syracuse sports blog, OrangeFizz.net, is reporting a source who spoke to the SU athletics department told them the rumors are untrue and that the department has looked into possible point shaving. Even Jardine and Waiters have responded on their Twitter feeds. Jardine was very colorful, stating, "I love the game itself to much would never jeopardize everything I work so hard for with something like that! I play this game for free!!”.

Jeff Stoneback, sports book manager at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas, had not heard anything about the point-shaving rumors and said there has been no erratic betting on Wednesday’s Syracuse-UConn game.

“Usually that would be the tell-tale sign right there,” said Stoneback, a 25-year Las Vegas veteran.

Some of the allegations state that Jardine’s uncle bet on the Orange’s first meeting with Seton Hall this season, on January 8. Syracuse won the game 61-56 but failed to cover as a 7.5-point road favorite. Jardine shot 4 of 11 from the field, including 1 for 6 from 3-point range, to finish with 12 points, three assists and four turnovers. The team’s most recent loss to the Pirates is also under question. The Orange suffered one of the worst losses at home in the program’s history, falling 90-68 as 12.5-point favorites. Jardine scored 11 points in that game, shooting 4 for 10 from the field and finishing with three turnovers.

Both Waiters and Southerland sat out the Orange's most recent game, a 76-70 loss to the Marquette Golden Eagles as 2-point road underdogs Saturday. Waiters (6.5 ppg) averages 16:20 minutes per game while Southerland (5.9 ppg) puts in an average of 17:47 minutes per game this season. Jardine finished that loss to Marquette with 13 points and 13 assists, shooting 5 for 12 from the field with five turnovers.

Syracuse opened the season 18-0 but has since dropped four straight outings, failing to cover the spread in each of those games. The Orange are 18-4 SU with a dismal 7-13 ATS record heading into Wednesday’s road game against the UConn Huskies.

Oddsmakers have Syracuse set as a 3-point road underdog in Storrs Wednesday. The total is set at 139.5.

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Posted by yankees1913
3 years ago

Why are people so mad the covers ran this story. I'm not saying its true or untrue, not picking a side. Think about this Syracuse players have spoken about it being not true and already defending themselfs on a soical networking site. One would think that the staff at SU would tell the players not a good idea, if the story has no legs Syracuse players should leave it alone and think about UCONN. Will Cuse players be in tonights game, where are their heads right now.
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Posted by yankees1913
3 years ago

Why are people so mad the covers ran this story. I'm not saying its true or untrue, not picking a side. Think about this Syracuse players have spoken about it being not true and already defending themselfs on a soical networking site. One would think that the staff at SU would tell the players not a good idea, if the story has no legs Syracuse players should leave it alone and think about UCONN. Will Cuse players be in tonights game, where are their heads right now.
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Posted by yankees1913
3 years ago

ROFL - There shaving points, but get beat down as -12.5 home favs. Does not seem like they were shaving points there. Now if they were winning by 14 and let them score a layup without playing D-fense with 20 seconds left then maybe. But they lost by double-digits at home to a un-ranked team
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Posted by marksteg22
3 years ago

Didn't Scoop already get accused of sexual assault and for stealing someones I.d. to order food. Is this story really that far fetched. I met a stripper once that wanted me to give her a scoop jardine and she ended up stealing my wallet.
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Posted by CrazyWin79
3 years ago

Wow. Haven't seen this story anywhere else......
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Posted by Gamebreakerz
3 years ago

Everybody knows that the players don't cheat the refs due.lol
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Posted by jimmygo89
3 years ago

I don't have a problem with Covers running this story. I agree with marksteg22, it's a sports wagering story on a sports wagering site. The story probably has no legs, but I don't see the harm in running it.
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Posted by bosox713
3 years ago

Where there is smoke, there is usually fire......
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Posted by ghimraab
3 years ago

I don't think a rumor-laden story should be referred to as a "scandal".
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Posted by MickeySpades
3 years ago

Why should covers censor public opinions?
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Posted by marksteg22
3 years ago

If the players themselves are responding to this claim then why wouldn't covers report on it. This is a betting site and that is a betting story. These are the same guys that desert their programs after one year for the big payday in the nba.
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Posted by thomas6512
3 years ago

This is such garbage, Head coach JB has been there forever and he knows everything thats going on. Players would be gone if he even thought such a thing.
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Posted by Stevierags
3 years ago

I agree with the delete this Covers. I enjoy this site and didn't think you would stoop this low to spur a thread. If this had legs,ESPN would've all over it before your site even knew about it.
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Posted by jaydog23
3 years ago

one of Cuses' best players shooting 25% game after game. dont be naive. it happens all the time and no one notices. or maybe they do just the right people win from it.
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Posted by ianquinnski
3 years ago

we need to slam covers until this comes down.
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Posted by ianquinnski
3 years ago

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Posted by sitcom
3 years ago

I'm gonna hazard a guess that Andy Adamson didn't get "bought out." There's no smoke here. Stop implying this is worth investigation and stop legitimizing this as actual journalism; Syracuse are either the dumbest point-shavers ever or a team whose peripherals finally caught up with them. Take UConn -3.5 if you wanna - I sure will - but do it because Cuse lost three starters, platoon two raw freshman 5s in the toughest conference in the country, and have let teams shoot the lights out the last four games. Or just look up "Occam's Razor" on Wikipedia at some point I guess.
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Posted by theorange33
3 years ago

take this bullshit down
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Posted by dj_destroyer
3 years ago

Delete this, Covers! There's no evidence whatsoever to support this. Andy Adamson has removed his Facebook page and all of his tweets so unless he got bought out or threatened... this RUMOUR has no legs.
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Posted by theorange33
3 years ago

"take this bullshit down"