LAST YEAR'S MASTERS
Your article on Johnny Miller previewing the Masters (Johnny Came Lately, April 5) was outstanding. I am pleased you chose Miller, as opposed to Tom Weiskopf or Jack Nicklaus, to show the character and intensity of the pro golfer. Nicklaus is the most consistent golfer ever, but at his best Miller is the best.
I do not like golf. I rarely read articles about the sport. However, I read the article on last year's Masters tournament. Sarah Pileggi is to be commended. She took the boredom out of the game.
VARIATIONS ON INDIANA'S VICTORY
Oklahoma shattered your cover jinx by winning the national college football championship in spite of your preseason cover and No. 1 prediction.
Indiana won the college basketball championship in spite of a No. 1 rating and two covers, one in the preseason and the other on the eve of the NCAA finals.
Michigan was the victim in each of the title games. You can repay the Wolverines by putting them on your now (apparently) harmless cover next September.
RANDALL J. PETRIDES
South Bend, Ind.
As the developer of the Offense Efficiency Rating system, better known as the OER, I charted the NCAA final between Indiana and Michigan. After trailing 35-29 at the half, Indiana went on to produce what I believe to be the most awesome half of offensive firepower ever. The Hoosiers scored a mammoth 57 points on 37 possessions for an OER (points per possession) of 1.54. This easily surpasses the first-half rating of 1.32 ppp achieved by Ohio State when it defeated California 75-55 in the 1960 NCAA final.
During its first 26 possessions of the second half of the 1976 classic, Indiana poured an amazing 44 points through the nets for a super OER of 1.69 points for every trip down the floor. And during one stretch of 13 possessions, midway through the half, the Hoosiers burned the nets with 24 points for an almost perfect OER of 1.85 ppp.
Having observed thousands of basketball games and having charted many hundreds, I would not hesitate to call this the most efficient, best-played half I have ever seen.
PAUL R. KELLER
Every Jan. 2 a few fans take pen in hand to remind the nation of another Big Ten fold. It seems only fair that on this March 30 two Big Ten fans take pen in hand to ask what happened to California and Eastern basketball.
As for Bobby Knight, if there is a better coach we'd like to know who he is.