Any fans of the hit series Boardwalk Empire, might be familiar with the name Arnold Rothstein. Any aficionados of crime history will most certainly have heard of it. In the series Arnold Rothstein is a ruthless crime lord who works with the protagonist is smuggle alcohol into prohibition America. Written about in Rich Cohen’s book, the renown American journalist Leo Katcher credited Rothstein with transforming organised crime in America from “thuggish gangs” into a “corporation.” Arnold Rothstein was also the architect of one of the biggest, most public scandals in sporting history: the 1919 World Series, known as the Black Sox Scandal.
Unlike the bookmakers of today, the industry was less regulated in the early 20th century which created opportunity for men of Rothstein’s ilk to fully exploit the burgeoning nature of a industrialised gambling. With the 1919 World Series, he went a few steps too far and was caught.
In a room at the Ansonia Hotel in New York city, a group of players from the Chicago White Sox had a meeting on 21 September 1919. Although it’s not known who exactly was at that meeting, what is known is that the players of the team most likely to win the World Series tournament decided to lose the game intentionally in exchange for massive sums of money.
The majority of baseball fans at the time didn’t either hadn’t heard the rumours about the World Series being fixed, although there was even press coverage that perhaps it had. As a result of the rumours many bets were places on the Cincinnati Reds. As the bets increased the odds against them dropped, despite most people feeling them to be the weaker of the two teams.Ultimately they won the contest.
Following that upset there were reinvigorated rumours that followed the Boston White Sox all throughout their next season. When the rumours had reached a critical mass, nearly a year later a grand jury was set up to look into the allocations. Obviously, they found something. Two players confessed, shocking the sporting world completely.
The following year, in June 1921, a trial was begun. Under mysterious circumstances evidence went missing, which boded well for the men on trial. When it came time for the jury to deliberate it took them less than three hours to proclaim the men not guilty.
This wasn’t the end however as the scandal had scarred baseball. Ultimately, the men charged and a few of their closer friends or accomplices were banned from the sport entirely. While the people actually charged with the crime made substantial money and were not legally punished they were indeed punished by the baseball commissioner.
Northwestern State Demons vs Arkansas Razorbacks Preview
The Arkansas Razorbacks (2-3) play the Northwestern State Demons (1-5) at Bud Walton Arena. The game starts at 8:00 pm ET on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
The Razorbacks lost a winnable game to Stanford 69-66 on Friday. Anthlon Bell was the team’s leading scorer, contributing 17 points. The Demons are coming off an ugly 119-81 loss to Auburn on Friday. Devonte Hall had a good game for Northwestern State, recording 15 points, nine assists, and five steals.
In its last game, Northwestern State lost by a margin of 38 points. Arkansas is 2-0 in games decided by a margin of 18 points or more. Northwestern State has a 0-2 record in blowouts.
The Arkansas Razorbacks average a field goal percentage of 43.6% this season. The Northwestern State Demons are a winless 0-4 when opponents have a FG% of 43.6% or greater.
The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Northwestern State Demons both rank higher in average field goal percentage when compared to their effective field goal percentages. Arkansas is 207th and 191st in the nation for eFG% and FG% respectively, while Northwestern State ranks 209th and 196th in these categories.
Ranked 23rd in the nation, Arkansas has an average of 18.0 assists per game. Northwestern State ranks lower at 167th with 13.7.
Arkansas, the 48th-ranked team in blocked shots, records an average of 5.2 per game. Northwestern State does worse, ranked 179th with 3.3.
Northwestern State makes 4.7 steals per game. When Arkansas allows 4 or more steals, the team has an even 2-2 record.
Central Arkansas Bears – Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Preview
The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (5-0) are off to a hot start and will try to stay unbeaten when they meet the Central Arkansas Bears (1-4) at Jack Stephens Center. Action begins at 8:00 pm ET on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
The Trojans come into this game hoping to repeat their last performance, topping Tulsa 64-60 on Saturday. With 17 points and 10 assists, Josh Hagins recorded his first double-double this season. The Bears, meanwhile, are feeling some disappointment after their deflating 73-54 loss to Howard on Wednesday. Jordan Howard led the team in scoring with 16 points.
Central Arkansas lost its last game by a 19-point margin. In games decided by a margin of 18 points or more, Arkansas-Little Rock is 2-0. Central Arkansas is 0-2 in blowouts this season.
With 65.0 possessions and 1.041 points per possession, the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans perform worse on both metrics than the Central Arkansas Bears. Central Arkansas averages 71.9 possessions and 1.054 points per possession.
Arkansas-Little Rock has an average effective field goal percentage of 48.0%. Central Arkansas is a losing 1-4 when opponents have a similar or higher effective field goal percentage.
Arkansas-Little Rock attempts an average of 22.0 three pointers per game and Central Arkansas attempts 17.0. In games where they have 20 or more three point attempts, the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans are undefeated at 4-0 while the Central Arkansas Bears are winless at 0-1.
Opponents have had an average turnover percentage of 18.1% when playing Central Arkansas this season. Arkansas-Little Rock is undefeated this season (2-0) when its TO% is 18.1% or higher.
Loyola Maryland Greyhounds vs Kansas Jayhawks Preview
The No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks (4-1) will be at home when they take on the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (1-5). Action gets underway at 8:00 pm ET on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and can be seen on ES3.
The Jayhawks enter this game hoping for similar success after topping Vanderbilt 70-63 in their last game. Wayne Selden Jr. was the game’s leading scorer with 25 points on 8-for-11 shooting. The Greyhounds, meanwhile, are feeling some disappointment after their 90-82 loss against Siena in their last game. Jarred Jones played well, registering his third double-double of the season with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Ranked 11th, the Kansas Jayhawks have an offensive rating of 123.6. The Loyola Maryland Greyhounds rank 329th with a defensive rating of just 114.1.
The Kansas Jayhawks average 75.6 possessions and 1.236 points per possession in games this season. The Loyola Maryland Greyhounds average fewer possessions with 69.5, as well as fewer points per possession with 1.060.
Kansas is ranked 10th in the nation with an average effective field goal percentage of 59.4%. Loyola Maryland has not won a game this season when opponents have a similar or higher effective field goal percentage (0-1).
Kansas attempts an average of 21.0 three pointers per game and Loyola Maryland attempts 18.0. In games where they have 20 or more three point attempts, the Kansas Jayhawks are undefeated at 3-0 while the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds are winless at 0-2.
The 13th-ranked team in the category, Kansas has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.72 this season. Loyola Maryland ranks outside the top 100 at 193rd with an A/TO of 1.03.
Loyola Maryland makes 6.2 steals per game. In games where it allows 6 or more steals, Kansas is undefeated at 2-0.