The last time a college basketball betting team went an entire season undefeated our country was celebrating its 200th birthday, Michael Jordan was still in grade school and Michael was still black. Obviously a lot has changed since then and perhaps nothing has changed more than the landscape of the college basketball scene.
It’s little coincidence that no team in the past 34 years has put a perfect season on the books. In fact, it’s not likely that any other team will ever match the feat of Indiana’s perfect season. Led by fiery Bobby Knight and team captain Quinn Buckner that team enjoyed many luxuries that teams today do not have.
Perhaps the biggest reason for the team’s success was Buckner’s senior leadership which he honed over four years in Knight’s system. Another is familiarity with said system and getting all the players on the same page.
In today’s world of NCAA odds, the best players are ‘one and done’. If Buckner played in today’s game he’d likely be gone after a season or two –jumping to the NBA early- and Knight would be forced to start over at the drawing board.
In today’s game no team has the luxury of keeping a top player for four years together with a group of core players. Granted, there are still teams that have four years of continuity but then they generally lack the talent needed to go undefeated.
The schedule is now also longer than it was four decades ago and the non-conference play decidedly more difficult and the travelling much more extensive.
Nothing is impossible in sports, but a team going undefeated in the NCAA basketball competition just might be the closest thing.