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Sources: FBI investigating two UTEP men's basketball team players

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By: Jamel Valencia and Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas  - NCAA shares with KFOX14 its stance on point shaving. 

KFOX14 reached out to the NCAA after unconfirmed reports of point shaving involving the University of Texas at El Paso's men's basketball team. They allegations were also mentioned in several blogs online. 

Point shaving is defined as an illegal practice of deliberately limiting the number of points scored by one's team in an athletic contest, as in return for a payment from gamblers to ensure winnings.

A representative of the NCAA released a statement regarding point shaving in general, but not specific to the UTEP case: 

"We take any allegation of point shaving very seriously as it is a crime that threatens two core NCAA principles -- the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport.

The threat of sports wagering is real and no campus is immune. For this reason, the NCAA and its members conduct forward-leaning national and targeted educational outreach, as well as strong enforcement efforts for all divisions and sports. In addition, the NCAA is regularly in contact with local, state and federal law enforcement and Nevada gaming officials to identify and rout out sports wagering and point shaving wherever it may occur."

Sources tell KFOX14 the FBI is investigating two players on UTEP's men's basketball team. However, university officials have not confirmed those allegations.

McKenzie Moore and Jalen Ragland were suspended from the team indefinitely in late December. In an interview with the El Paso Times following the Dec. 29 opening round of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, coach Tim Floyd commented on the suspensions.

"The suspensions are indefinite," Floyd told the Times. "I don't know how long they will last. It is based on a violation of team rules. I'm not able to talk about it right now but it will all come out eventually."

However, neither the university nor Floyd commented on whether the FBI was investigating two players on the basketball team.

KFOX14 reached out to officials Monday at the University of Texas at El Paso and we are awaiting a response.

University officials on Tuesday scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m.

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