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A basketball team can’t intentionally score on itself, but it can do this

October 10, 2019

– [Man In Blue Shirt] You’re
playing a basketball game. – All right. – [Man In Blue Shirt] It’s a tie game. You’ve got a minute left, but you need to win by at least 11 points. – By 11? – [Man In Blue Shirt]
Yeah, what do you do? – Jackin’ threes. – [Man In Blue Shirt] Yeah, just– – Half court, running
down, jacking threes. – Endless. Well, a similar situation happened in the EuroLeague a couple of years ago. It’s December 2015. It’s the final regular
season game of EuroLeague, Darussafaka versus Maccabi. Maccabi’s an Israeli team. Darussafaka’s the Turkish team. They played once earlier in the season, and Darussafaka, the Turkish
team, won by 11 points, and EuroLeague works on a
point differential system. So, if the Israeli team, Maccabi, wins, then they’ll have a tie record, which means they go head to
head on point differential. So, because of that earlier game, Maccabi needs to wins this
game by 11 points to move on. It’s tied at 65 with a minute to go at the end of the game, and
what Maccabi is thinking is, “Well, we have a minute. “That’s enough time to win the game, “but it’s not enough time
to win by the 11 points “that we need to stay in the tournament.” So, staying tied for those last 60 seconds to take it into overtime
where they would have the time to win by that amount was super-important. So, the first thing they do is just start dribbling
out the shot clock. They’re like, “We’re just going
to take it into overtime.” – Just not even care? Yeah. – Just not even care. Then, Darussafaka is like, “OK, we need to mess up this plan “’cause if this thing goes into overtime, “they could conceivably come
back by more than 11 points “and knock us out of the tournament.” So, they start fouling
intentionally, and Maccabi is like, “Well, we’re just going to start “bricking these free throws,” (audience groaning) because they realize if they
score even just one point it’s going to be a lot
tougher to tie it up again. They brick four, or five,
six free throws in a row, which if you have ever seen professionals purposefully brick free throws, it’s very funny. This is a sequence. So, Maccabi’s in yellow. This is them just– – [Joe] Holy shit! – [Ryan] Yeah, dude, they were just bricking
endless free throws to keep it a tie game. – [Joe] They’re not even
trying to play it off either. They’re just throwing the ball at the rim. – They just keep bricking
these free throws to keep it tied, and then,
Maccabi, the Israeli team, they commit a foul by accident. – I just love how you
accidentally foul somebody, how you’ve just been intentionally fouling
them the whole game. – [Ryan] Yeah. – And then it’s just like, “Oh, shit, I actually, I
didn’t mean to do that.” – Yeah. – It’s like, “Bro, what are you doing?” – Yeah, exactly. So, what Darussafaka does
is they sink one free throw, which puts them up by one, but then, they purposefully
brick their next free throw to keep it at one because
that’s an impossible situation for Maccabi to tie it up to take it– – [Joe] Yeah. – Into overtime. So, now, Darussafaka’s up one point, and they just basically give up playing because they’re like, “Well, if you go ahead
and score, and you win, “then that’s fine ’cause
we’ll still get to move on.” As long as it’s not tied, and
they don’t give the other team the time to make up those 11
points, they don’t give a shit. So, there was even a play where they were just standing there not defending their half of the court, and they’re like, “Yeah, go for it. “Go nuts, dude.” “Whatever.” – [Joe] All right, so,
here’s the thing though. – [Ryan] Yeah. – [Joe] Why wouldn’t they
score on their own basket– – [Ryan] Right. – [Joe] ‘Til they give ’em the
chance to run down the court, shoot a three– – [Ryan] Right. – [Joe] And tie the game up. – Joe, excellent question, dude. FIBA rules actually explicitly state that you can’t intentionally
score on your own basket to manipulate the score
for exactly this scenario. It’s rule 16.2.3. If a player deliberately
scores a field goal in his team’s basket, it is a violation, and the goal doesn’t count. And there’s a reason that rule exists because in 1962, in
another EuroLeague game, a kind of opposite situation happened because of all this
point differential shit. So, Real Madrid is playing this
Italian team, Ignis Varese. – My favorite team. (laughing) – I know you’re a huge fan. They are down a bunch of guys. They’re not in great shape. They lose a bunch of guys to
injuries, and fouling out, and stuff like that. It’s also a tie game. – [Joe] Gotcha. – And they’re like, “If
this goes into overtime, “they’re going to
(electronic beep) destroy us. “We just don’t have the
manpower to deal with it.” What they decide is to
score on their own basket to make it a two point
win for Ignis Varese, and then, in the next game,
basically, have a clean slate. – Come out and just whooped ass. – And hopefully whoop their ass. – Hopefully. – So, they score on their own basket. They call it an auto-basket
in the European way, and– – The auto-basket. I would have just loved
to have been in the crowd and just sitting there just like, “Oh, we’ve got a, we’ve got
a nail-biter of a game here!” – [Ryan] Yeah! – And then– – [Ryan] But also being like,
not knowing the situation or what they’re doing. – [Joe] Yeah, it just– – It would be like, “What the hell?” FIBA immediately was like, “Yeah, you can’t ever do that again.” The next day they made a
rule, and they were like, “No, you can’t do that.” – So, no more auto-baskets? – No, no more auto-basket, no. – Wow. – I’m sorry to say. – What a shame. – I know. So, what I was thinking was how do they know it’s intentional? And is there a way that you could intentionally
score on your own basket but make it look like an accident? Can we, can I go, I’m,
just give me one second. I’m just gonna go get one thing. – Yes! – I was wondering if you
could show me your strategy of what it would look
like to accidentally, but secretly intentionally,
score a basket. – Just drawing up a play,
going down the court. One, one, one, we gotcha, and then, the ball slips out of my hand. (laughing) – And I’m just like, “Oh, shit!” Maybe I should hit a
dribble, and then lose. (basketball bouncing) (laughing) – I can’t– (basketball bouncing) (laughing) (basketball bouncing) – Your other teammate
just comes in is like, “Oh, oh, oh, oh!” (loudly shouting) – Oh, dude! (electronic beeping) – Oh! – Oh! – Oh, well. – Guess we’re down by two. – I guess so. The point differential. – Yeah, yeah. – I don’t know. So, yeah, that’s how you
would deliberately score by making it look– – Easy enough. – Like an accident. – But, like you said at the beginning, it’s way easier to just
score a bunch of points. Reggie Miller scored eight
points in nine seconds in 1995. Tracy McGrady scored 13
points in 35 seconds in 2004. You could do it. – It’s doable. Yeah, they’re putting too
much math in this, man. – [Ryan] Yeah. – Basketball is about hooping not math. – Hey, everyone, thanks
for watching Weird Rules. If you have an idea for
a story like this one, leave it in the comments below, and there’s a whole bunch of other ones. So, go watch them. They’re all really great.


  • Reply Totes Muh GOATs March 25, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Sounds like something Jews would do.

  • Reply Tuna On A Stick March 25, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Point differential in basketball seems stupid. Works best in football, but not in basketball.

  • Reply Flaming panda March 26, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    that white guy is the definition of soy boy

  • Reply Username March 26, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Yet in the thumbnail they show a soccer player…

  • Reply Autumn Rain March 26, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    how can a slim Chin, slim Arms and slim lags have a bigbelly like the dude on the left…. wtf evolution gives you a thumb up, but you rater play videogames?

  • Reply Halo79hi March 28, 2019 at 2:10 am

    there was a college game where some guy tried to stop a ball going out of bounds and threw it one-handed behind his back and made a 3 on his own basket

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  • Reply ArmadyL March 28, 2019 at 6:07 am

    the interviewer's voice is unbelievably grating

  • Reply Certified Fresh March 29, 2019 at 12:10 am

    The guy with the glasses looks like Jeff from Jeff and some aliens

  • Reply Đorđe Jevtić March 29, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Euroleague is a joke.

  • Reply Andrew Ulrich March 30, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Auto Basquette

  • Reply Stricc March 31, 2019 at 3:43 am

    when you request a trade in 2k and your team won’t let you go

  • Reply Wyatt Cusick March 31, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I would foul then when the team tries to brick you “accidentally” knock it in

  • Reply Jackson McCusker March 31, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    What happened

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  • Reply lil nadan skrrt April 2, 2019 at 12:32 am

    why didnt they just score 11 points while the other team wasnt defending…

  • Reply fluXL April 2, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    One word. Kevin Durant

  • Reply Kaden Schaefer April 2, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    The guest sounded like Kevin Hart

  • Reply Drew M April 4, 2019 at 1:15 am

    You didn't answer anything… what can they do if not score on themselves? Didn't finish the story even. Wth…

  • Reply Skillzey April 4, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    1000th comment

  • Reply Lucas Liso April 6, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Everyone talking down on Point Differential Rule, but that rule is the only reason the USA won the Gold Medal in the 1955 Pan American games. Brazil, the USA and Argentina had beaten all other teams, but they beaten each other when they played each other. USA beat Brazil, Brazil beat Argentina and Argentina beat USA. Because of this, all three teams had the same win-loss ration at the end of the tournament so the winner of the gold medal was decided by point differential, and the team with the most points in favor was USA, with Argentina second (winning Silver) and Brazil third (winning Bronze).

  • Reply Gabriel Satter April 9, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    I know this should have been interesting, but it wasn't…

  • Reply TheDiMono April 9, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I wonder if this rule could be exploited. Someone shoots a 3, you jump up to intercept it and dunk it in your own net. You scored on yourself, so the goal is invalidated?

  • Reply Savagebaum April 10, 2019 at 12:20 am

    I like how they beep out some swear words but not others

  • Reply Aye_Jones FKA Marvel_Jones April 12, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    The first time I ever saw a team score on their own basket was a WNBA game. Do what thou wilt with this comment

  • Reply CapAnson12345 April 13, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    You can't have point differential with basketball, it just doesn't work with the sport.

  • Reply Jallad April 16, 2019 at 2:25 am

    free fortnite acounts: @t

  • Reply Billy Corners April 17, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I wondered if you could just goal tend your own shot, but points are only awarded if you goal tend your opponents shot. Your opponent just gets the ball if you goal tend your own teammate.

  • Reply Woody 84 April 17, 2019 at 9:57 pm


  • Reply Ryan Depaulo: Degenerate Gambler April 18, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Not sure why have a co host for this show seems like one does 100% of the work and the other provides a not that good or clever comedy

  • Reply BLΛƆKPIИK IS THE REVOLUTION April 18, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    why don't take a timeout? excessive timeone could get your opponent a point.

  • Reply fuckyoname April 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    i understand macabbi wanting to stay tied, but why would Darussafaka not just keep scoring since they were already tied

  • Reply Pac e. Man April 24, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Hasan Ali-Kaldirim

  • Reply justmetal227 April 29, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    That fumbling shot had me deaaaaad XD

  • Reply sec world May 2, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    So, just for information, because I saw many comments misunderstanding the system: the point differential is only the first tie-breaker for teams with the same W/L – record after the regular season (just like the NBA has tie-breakers for playoff seedings). It has nothing to do with being like soccer (note: many European Basketball fans don't particularly like soccer, because it chokes all other sports in terms of tv-rights and such things – that and soccer players being overpaid crybabies…).
    Anyway: ECA has since changed the rules, such that games going to overtime count as net +- 0 pt-dif for tie-breakers.

  • Reply akinbee bolu May 4, 2019 at 12:54 am

    How about tipping in a defensive rebound? Lol

  • Reply Kyle Hankins May 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    WHy dohjt they just make a rule that point differentials aren't counted if its OT.

  • Reply Joaquín Gómez May 20, 2019 at 2:24 am

    hahaha autobàsQUÉT i love it

  • Reply Mario Napoletano May 21, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    i'm italian and i didn't get which italian team he was talking about. It's just been like blablaese

  • Reply Thomas Rood May 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    10 cent beer night

  • Reply Fast Poke May 25, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Anyone else bothered that FIBA calls it goals and not something else?

  • Reply XxX_69_edgy teen_69_XxX May 27, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    No Auto-Baskets?

  • Reply Jackson Langford May 29, 2019 at 4:59 am

    thats why the "point differential" system is stupid. the american number of games won system has never made more sense to me

  • Reply Wade Gunter June 2, 2019 at 2:53 am

    The funniest part is at 5:32! "Oh, no! F***! Guess we're down by two!!!"

  • Reply Charlie Talks June 3, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    What's wrong with professional journalism?

  • Reply Andrew Michos June 6, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Basketball is about hooping, not math! Hahahaha

  • Reply dylan ddd June 15, 2019 at 8:49 am

    These videos are so irrelevant. Like why do we need to dicks to be talking about it just explain what happened we dont care what the shitheads reaction is.

  • Reply Claudio Melendrez June 15, 2019 at 9:41 am

    "Basketball is about hooping, not math!". LOL. Loved that.

  • Reply Doctor Strange June 16, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Here’s an idea:
    Have yourself on one side of your net from a long range two pointer or three pointer distance, and a teammate on the other side of the net from a close/middle two pointer distance. Then pretend like your passing to your teammate when really your just shooting it in your own hoop. Maybe get some opponents to try to block out you and your teammate to have an excuse of throwing it high in the air instead of a chest level pass or a bounce pass.

  • Reply Jongerz June 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Usain bolt ran 100m under 9.6 seconds,

    its doable

  • Reply Hector Ceballos June 18, 2019 at 4:32 am

    “Basketball is about hooping, not math!”

  • Reply Davinio June 21, 2019 at 8:34 am

    So we're just gonna ignore Jordan Farmar?

  • Reply toddrobert38 June 23, 2019 at 3:36 am

    these teams are smarter than 90% of the NFL coaches out there

  • Reply Mega Mars June 23, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    That point difference rule is absolute bullshit.

  • Reply Sean D June 25, 2019 at 8:28 am

    You didn't finish the story????

  • Reply Darrin Nelson June 26, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    What a dumb tournament.

  • Reply Bruno Zegarra June 28, 2019 at 12:06 am

    What if you call excessive amount of time outs and force them to shout free throws or get an offensive foul and make them shoot until they make it

  • Reply Hayden June 28, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    jackin threes

  • Reply Douglas Napier June 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    should just have a play in game points difference is weak

  • Reply Federico Volpe July 1, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    A similar thing happened in the Carrebean Football Cup (Barbados vs Grenada). Imho a system that doesn’t make draws possible and uses overtime while also accounting differentials in some way is fundamentally broken exactly because of situations like these.

  • Reply Roger Perfet July 3, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Guys they didn't actually try to score an autobasket. They decided to just win the game, and they did by 4 pts.

  • Reply brucemercer July 4, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    This rule does not exist in America… if you shoot at your own goal and it goes in IT COUNTS.

  • Reply Rayan Razi July 5, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Ur fat

  • Reply Hayden Buell July 6, 2019 at 5:17 am

    It says you can’t score on your basket on a field goal so just make a full court free throw into your own basket

  • Reply Soccersavage 21 July 6, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Pass to your teammate under the basket bounce it off your hands and yeah

  • Reply Gogio Cannizzaro July 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    This is the garbage that happens when I have a large bet placed.

  • Reply Melvin S Whited July 8, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    haha whats going on

  • Reply Joel Farrelly July 12, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Kent from Real Genius wants his look back. Also, this is a great series.

  • Reply KingRhod804 July 14, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I need full video of this

  • Reply Cole Ferguson July 14, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    C3P + O lol

  • Reply Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda July 16, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    The fight between Philippines vs Australia on FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

  • Reply Maamoun Mraish July 18, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Lmao smart Palestinian team

  • Reply Why Bee McNoMistake July 20, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    That was a real risk even bricking all these shots, one might enter. Maccabi should've just air balled them all

  • Reply Why Bee McNoMistake July 20, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    The points differential rule tops even hack-a-player one as the stupidest basketball rule ever.

  • Reply Mateo July 20, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I didnt comprehend the 2nd example. They intentionally lost by 2, cause in OT they assumed they'd lose by a lot. How is that opposite if the first one.

  • Reply James Kam July 22, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Didn't the Knicks score on their own basket

  • Reply Mr. Punch July 25, 2019 at 2:56 am

    very unusual body shape

  • Reply Barbara Kvesic July 27, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    5:40 😂😂

  • Reply Kumov XD July 28, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I once scored on my one basket ( it's funny if you here it from a rim protecter/stretch big like me ). It was the first basket of the second half. I forgot the sides changed. Also the points didn't count. So I didn't matter anyway. Bit still, I got on the banch the moment after and we lost the game.

  • Reply Luca Tedesco July 31, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Wait a second! Just goaltend!

  • Reply I Love Carlito Ganja July 31, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    🤣was that Jordan Farmar bricking them free throws?

  • Reply PUNISHER _ August 1, 2019 at 3:04 pm


  • Reply CNCTEMATIC August 4, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    What??? Most embarrassing moment of my life – rebounding after a free throw I somehow got turned around and put it back into my own team's net. They counted it! If the damn referees knew the rules, it wouldn't have been quite as embarrassing. (Still pretty bad tho… I did immediately score the next bucket so at least I cancelled it out..)

  • Reply DieNetaDie August 7, 2019 at 10:29 am

    JaVale McGee?

  • Reply Kyle Kishimoto August 9, 2019 at 2:52 am

    I would try to intentionally foul them, have them brick free throws, then "accidentally" tip the second free throw into the basket

  • Reply Kyle Sheng August 13, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    For everyone that wants to know, Macabi won by 4 thus they fell out of EuroLeague

  • Reply Kenneth Pettersen August 18, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I just watched a 6 minute long basketball video.
    I had no intention of watching a basketball video.
    I never watch basketball.
    It's 2 AM and it just popped up in my recommendations. I should go to bed.

  • Reply illusioNery August 19, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    If a player deliberately scores a field goal in his team’s basket, it is a violation and the goal does not count….ROGER!!

  • Reply Julius Maxwell August 19, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    "It's way easier to just score a bunch of points"
    Names, the only 2 times it's ever happened in the history of basketball

  • Reply Dang August 28, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Why didn’t the other team just try to win ?

  • Reply Judy Chen September 12, 2019 at 12:30 am

    5:23 5:34 5:35

  • Reply Jacuzzi September 26, 2019 at 12:27 am

    weed eater

  • Reply Raymond Yang September 28, 2019 at 3:13 am

    The team Maccabi won by 4 so you can thank me later

  • Reply ThaBoss00541 October 1, 2019 at 12:04 am

    If you block a free throw the other team gets the point and 2 more free throws, why didn’t they utilize that?

  • Reply Joe D'Antonio October 2, 2019 at 3:13 am

    “You’re playing a basketball game.”
    “No I’m not. I’m sitting at this table.”

  • Reply Neil Pangan October 5, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Cant you just foul and goaltend the freethrow?

  • Reply William Randall October 6, 2019 at 3:56 am

    23? 23? Why 23? 23? 23?

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