So I loved this past season, and am cognisant that the team outplayed our post-McGary back surgery expectations. They were a ~22 foot shot from a 35% three point shooter away from OT that might have gone to the Final Four. I know I shouldn't complain.
But I have to get this question off my chest, and I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking it:
With 27 seconds left and the game timed Kentucky inbounds the ball; they have shot 55% from the FT line during the game, and have averaged 68% for the season. Except for Aaron Harrison, no one on the team shoots above 75% from the free throw line.
The game has been an offensive one, with neither team being very successful on the defensive side, and our team all season has been able to make up for defensive inefficiencies because of our explosive offense.
Why not foul, put them at the line for a 1 and 1, and then put the ball in the hands of our offense - worst case down 2?
I know hindsight is 20/20, and I'm obviously biased because we lost and I was screaming to foul them before they could take a shot.
I welcome attempts to try and convince me that our strategy was better than fouling would have been.. I love Coach B, and we will be back in the final four again soon with him at the helm. Was this a mistake?
OK, its off my chest. Bring on football season, and hopefully above freezing weather sometime soon.