What Is Flopping In College Basketball?

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Pittsburgh's Greg Elliott reacts after hitting a 3-point shot and being fouled during the first half of the team's First Four game against Mississippi State in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Tuesday, March 14, 2023, in Dayton, Ohio.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jun 23, 2023, 1:19 PM

In basketball, a flop is an intentional overreaction to physical contact between two players, with the intent of deceiving the referee. A successful flop typically results in a foul call on the opposing player.

Flops can be committed by players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Flops can be especially impactful in college basketball, where the rules are stricter about how many fouls a player can commit before being disqualified.

But changes may be coming to college basketball, as the NCAA announced in June 2023 that flopping will be assessed as a technical foul going forward. The men’s game made a similar rule change during last offseason.

Crucially, technical fouls also count as personal fouls in college basketball. That means that floppers who are trying to tag other players with personal fouls may ultimately face the same problem.

Many basketball odds and bets have been decided based on late flopping calls and player availability.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.