By now most of you have heard the story about the FBI investigation into potential point shaving by Auburn point guard Varez Ward this season. Just for kicks we thought we’d take a look at how Ward did in his matchup against USC earlier this season. Let’s see if there is any evidence he was on the take that game, shall we? The FBI could probably use our help.
Okay, so the Tigers won that game 63-52 in Auburn on January 22nd. According to Statsheet, which takes the average of various sports book spreads, USC was actually a one point road favorite in this one. Obviously, Auburn beat that spread with its straight up victory over the Gamecocks.
As for Ward, he played 20 minutes, and scored eight points. He made three of the four shots he took, including one of two from behind the arch. He did turn the ball over four times. He also had three rebounds and two assist.
Those numbers are just barely below Ward’s season average of nine points, 3.8 assist, and 3.1 rebounds per game.
The FBI is supposedly investigating two particular games involving Ward. In a 68-50 loss to Alabama Ward scored three points and had six turnovers in 17 minutes. The Crimson Tide easily covered the five point spread.
Ward only played 19 seconds second game in question, a three point loss to Arkansas. Ward went down with what was called a knee injury after the game. It was the same knee he injured at Texas. Auburn still covered the spread against the Razorbacks. They were getting 9 ½ points.
Final verdict: Who knows? Honestly, the six turnover game against Bama doesn’t look that fishy on paper. It’s only two more than he had against the Gamecocks. Obviously the FBI has good reason to be looking into this. His own teammates reportedly were suspicious, which is why the alerted the coaching staff. Clearly something fishy was going on. But, if you had to pin us down, we’d say it looks very unlikely that anything shady went down in the game against USC.