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In search
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GAMBLING
Continued from Page 5B
pool he was involved in had such
widespread appeal.
"I don't think they were really
into" the money, Balazovich said. "I
think many people were just excited
because it was the NCAAs, and a
lot of times Michigan and Michigan
State were in it. People were just
very interested in the basketball
games themselves and the seedings.
"I think the pool was just sort of
a competition thing. We were in
research, and there was always
competition with everything.
People would just have fun with

each other in labs, and because lab
work is sometimes very intense,
this was just another outlet for us."
Although Balazovich did not put
any money into his tournament pool
- as luck would have it, he ended
up winning - it is a very common
practice for people to toss a few
dollars into a pool in the hopes that
they could end up winning the
whole pot.
This, of course, is a direct form
of sports gambling, something
which is frowned upon by the
NCAA. This. is especially salient
when an NCAA athlete is the one
placing bets (e.g. Florida guard
Teddy Dupay, who was kicked off

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the team for gambling prior to this
season), but the question remains
whether or not it is really okay for
the average student or professional
to bet on college sports, even if only
a small amount of money is
involved.
In general, the attitude towards
sports gambling among students
seems to be pretty ambivalent.
"It's just for fun," LSA senior
Rob Lampman said. "It's not any-
thing where people are going to
make a living on it."
"I don't think it's a big deal at
all," Fine added. "It's harmless."
As the upsets pile up over the
next few weekends and brackets
around the country start to fall
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the national championship game, a
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