By Marc Lawrence — Playbook Basketball Newsletter: When it comes to the “R” word, Florida is just 4-12 SUATS versus .666 or greater foes seeking revenge from a same-season loss of 16 or more points, including 0-7 SU and 1-6 ATS away.
With The Vols 4-0 ATS in Last Home Games when looking to avenge a same season defeat of 16-plus points, we’ll be doing the Tennessee two-step today.
We Miss You, Bobby
Indiana won the second of its five national championship banners in 1953, when men’s basketball coach Branch McCracken guided a team headed by Don Schlundt to a one-point victory over Kansas in the title game.
By the time Bobby Knight won a fifth banner for the Hoosiers in 1987, the days of McCracken and Schlundt, 34 years earlier, seemed part of a distant past.
It has now been 34 years since that last national title for IU, 19 since the program’s last Final Four and five since the team’s last appearance in the NCAA tournament.
The first number represents Indiana’s longest dry spell in the NCAA tournament era, while the other two figures signify the longest droughts in their respective categories for the Hoosiers since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
Safe to say, Indiana’s identity the past few years has been that of a team that regularly lives life dangerously on the bubble.
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Following up on yesterday’s Sports Chat commentary, Kansas has placed head football coach Les Miles on administrative leave and the university will conduct a full review to determine the appropriate next steps on his future.
It’s been reported that while there have been allegations of insubordination and inappropriate behavior there are no reports of sexual relations with any of the women of female students on campus.
The 67-year-old Miles is 3-18 in his first two seasons at Kansas, including 0-9 in 2020.