Some college basketball coaches almost never seem to get a bad break. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski comes to mind, for instance. And, no, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim didn't just whisper that in my ear after the block/charge fiasco that sealed the Orange's road loss to Coach K's Dookies on Saturday night.
Then there's Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin, who can't seem to get anything but bad breaks. For proof, just consider Martin's Saturday, when he diagrammed a play in the final 2.6 seconds of regulation at Texas A&M that could have been the greatest coaching move of his three years in Knoxville.
Instead, it may go down as the worst moment of his Big Orange career because just after he signaled for a timeout to draw up that play, the Volunteers' Antonio Barton buried a 3-pointer that would have won the game.
Would have, that is, if Martin's timeout hadn't negated the basket. So even though the embattled coach drew up a play perfect enough to become a Jarnell Stokes dunk and force overtime, because Stokes missed the "and one" free throw that would have won the game in regulation and the Vols went on to lose to the Aggies in the extra period, the following criticisms of Martin appeared on UT message boards:
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