Want to win? Don't do these things

Updated: January 21, 2010, 12:52 PM ET
By Jay Bilas
I had a great discussion recently with one of college basketball's best coaches about a Bill Parcells concept regarding how teams lose games. Parcells is credited with saying that you have to understand what causes you to lose because until you do, you will never truly understand how to win.

After thinking about it, speaking to several coaches about it and consulting so many of the basketball materials I have collected and been given by some of the best coaches I have known, I came up with a list of things in college basketball that cause teams to lose. This list is by no means exhaustive or original, but these principles have been emphasized by many of the best coaches in the game.