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Meaningless Texas A&M half-court shot was an all-time bad beat

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Cover of the century?

NCAA Basketball: Texas A&M at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

After a disastrous start to the night that saw Kentucky fall behind 10-0 to start the game, the No. 18 Wildcats were able to get back on track and take down Texas A&M by a final score of 85-74.

For many Wildcats fans the win is a relief after the brutal loss to Alabama in Kentucky’s SEC opener to Alabama, but for those fans who bet on the game, there might be reason for disappointment.

The betting line opened at -12.5 in most locations and closed at either -14.5 or -15, depending on where the bet was placed. If you placed an early bet on Kentucky to cover, you probably hated how the game ended.

As time was winding down, Ashton Hagans threw the ball into the air seemingly ending the game as the teams started to enter the handshake line. However, the officiating crew called a shot-clock violation against Kentucky, putting 0.8 of a second on the clock.

Here’s what happened in that eighth of a second.

Unbelievable. Texas A&M’s Savion Flagg threw up a half-court prayer and drilled it with ease. The final score of 85-74 meant that Texas A&M covered the spread.

Thus, those had Kentucky -13.5 had lost out on money they would’ve had if that meaningless 8th of a second was not granted.

If you follow ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, he does a segment every night on the biggest bad beat in sports. You can bet this will be featured on his segment tonight.

This may have just been the cover of the century.