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By Marc Lawrence — It was a whirlwind season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs went on a steady climb on the NFL.com rankings board, winning their final eight games of the season and reaching the No. 1 spot for the first time following their dominant Super Bowl win. Tampa was a team that rose as high as No. 3 in the rankings back in Weeks 8 and 9, before dropping as low as No. 12 after Week 14. Then came the ferocious close to the regular season and a barnstorming playoff run. This was a team that peaked twice, including when it mattered most. With the 2020 season now in the rearview mirror, the great experiment of bringing Tom Brady to Tampa was officially a historic success. What happened to the New Orleans Saints was another story in what was likely Drew Brees‘ final stab at the brass ring. For more of a review on the season rankings of every team click here.
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Sources say the Cleveland Cavaliers are no longer planning to play Andre Drummond as they work to trade the two-time All-Star center before the NBA’s March 25 deadline. The Cavs are moving to make Jarrett Allen the franchise’s long-term starting center and believe it’s unfair to Drummond to limit his minutes as the organization transitions to Allen. The 27-year-old Drummond has averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds this season in 25 starts. A handful of teams are interested in the 7-footer, the league’s top rebounder. 22-year-old Allen has played well in 15 games with the Cavs, averaging 13.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff recently moved Allen into the starting lineup.

Grinding Out The Profits
From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: Not long ago, Oklahoma was one of the hottest teams in the land, riding a 5-0 SUATS into a Feb. 1 meeting with Texas Tech at Lubbock. The Sooners also edged Texas, 80-79, in Austin three weeks ago – a loss that sent Bevo into a 3-game tailspin – so payback time has arrived. While the rematch shifts to Norman, we have no problem backing a Longhorns squad that’s gone 6-1 ATS the last seven games when taking points in this series. In addition, Texas head coach Shaka Smart contributes to the cause with his 28-18 SUATS record when playing with same-season loss revenge, including 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS from a bitter 1-point loss. Factor in an Oklahoma team that’s burned money to the tune of 9-23 ATS against foes seeking same-season loss revenge and we’ll be lookin’ to hook ’em in the Noble Center tonight.
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