WATCH: NCAA Basketball Fans Perplexed After Odd Bit of Camera Work In Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Published 01/17/2021, 9:45 AM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Ayo Dosunmu (11) drives against Maryland Terrapins guard Darryl Morsell (11) during the first half at the State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball has had an odd season so far. With COVID cases halting programs to heavyweights like Kentucky Wildcats falling to one of the worst starts in team history, there have been a lot of things sticking out about this season. However, the competition on the court is fierce as ever,

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In a high-stakes Big 10 Conference game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, a very weird sight was caught on the camera.

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Yes, the video is not lying to you. It looks like the Rutgers player is sliding down side-court while sitting absolutely still. It was a very weird sight that people without context would be absolutely perplexed by. Even though people may wish this was a supernatural feat, it sadly isn’t that.

This is a result of tracking cameras keeping pace with Adam Miller on the court. It thus created an illusion that the background was moving, with the Rutgers player moving sideways as well. The camera was moving in a way to correctly frame Miller in the center, but it ended up doing something else altogether.

NCAA Basketball: A season of oddities

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Jan 6, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines bench celebrates a three point basket in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

While this camera movement was relatively innocuous, it is another odd moment that the NCAA can add to their 2020-21 season. We have already covered what happened with Kentucky, but we see left-field upsets almost every other game nowadays. The Texas Tech Raiders beat one of the best teams in the country in the Texas Longhorns recently.

The unbeaten Michigan Wolverines fell to a Minnesota Golden Gophers team they demolished by 20-points. Minnesota was also coming off back-to-back losses against the high-flying Wolverines.

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The only things to happen as expected is the domination of the field by the Baylor Bears and the Gonzaga Bulldogs. However, we wouldn’t want to tempt fate and have something odd happen to them as well. In a season where everyone is battling a deadly virus, the fans can also battle a few of these situations that this season will provide.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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