Texas, Pittsburgh and the late-game failure
"Dumb loses more games than smart wins." -- Bob Knight
I was a young assistant coach on Mike Krzyzewski's staff in 1992 for the Duke-Kentucky NCAA regional final in Philadelphia, the site of Christian Laettner's iconic shot. On that last play, Kentucky did not put a defender on the ball and allowed Laettner to catch the ball and shoot it for fear of fouling. That play has been dissected by me and countless others as an example of how to handle a late-game situation. I learned a ton from that play.
There is no more stressful or pressure-filled time in a college player's career than at the end of an NCAA tournament game. The tournament carries with it great importance, and a palpable finality, and the players feel it. There are variables to process, most notably time and score, and quick decisions, reads and reactions must be made and executed. In some instances, we have seen smart win. In more instances, we have seen dumb lose.Here's my take on a few late-game situations that have made headlines from this year's tournament:
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