The 10 Biggest Coaching Blunders of the College Basketball Season
With the benefit of hindsight and the safe distance provided by a La-Z-Boy, we've listed the 10 biggest coaching blunders of the 2012-13 college basketball season.
They range from the tactical to the motivational to the radio-show-related, each one its own head-scratching in its own way.
And, although a comprehensive list is our end goal, it's hard to catch every questionable throughout thousands of D-I games over the course of a season.
So, if you don't mind, please feel free to add your nominees in comments.
Mark Turgeon, Maryland
Game: Duke (February 16)
The Situation: Maryland guard Seth Allen makes the first of two free throws to put the Terrapins up one with just under three seconds left. Rather than instruct Allen to intentionally miss the second free throw, Turgeon lets the second attempt play out. Allen hits the second free throw.
Turgeon then calls for timeout, allowing him to set his defense but also allowing Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (who has no timeouts) to call a play.
Note that there wouldn't have been enough time left for Duke to recover the ball off a missed free throw and make a two-point shot, effectively nullifying the difference between a one and two-point lead.
The Outcome: Duke executes a successful inbound play. Guard Quinn Cook's uncontested 35-foot attempt clangs off the back iron as time expires. Maryland wins.
Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
Game: Michigan (February 9)
The Situation: Michigan and Wisconsin are tied 57-all with 28 seconds left. Michigan has the ball out of a timeout. Wisconsin has three fouls to give before Michigan enters the bonus. Rather than use the fouls to disrupt Michigan's play call and limit its available time, Wisconsin elects to play a straight defense.
The Outcome: Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. knocks down a contested three from the top of the arc to put the Wolverines up three. Wisconsin responds with a desperation three from just over half court to force overtime. The Badgers win in the extra session.
Shaka Smart, VCU
Game: @ Richmond (January 24)
The Situation: Up three against their crosstown rivals with under 15 seconds left, Smart's Rams opt not to foul. Richmond's Darien Brothers drains a three-point shot with four seconds left to force overtime.
The Outcome: Richmond defeats VCU in the extra session.
Buzz Williams, Marquette
The Game: @ Georgetown (February 11)
The Situation: After his team had closed a ten-point deficit to just three, Williams receives a technical foul for arguing with officials. Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. sinks both free throws and scores two more points off the inbound to complete a four-point possession.
The Outcome: Marquette gets no closer than six the rest of the way and Georgetown wins by eight.
Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt
Game: Ole Miss (January 15)
The Situation: Vanderbilt hits a jumper with 3.2 seconds left to put the Commodores up three. Stallings opts not to foul and Ole Miss' leading scorer Marshall Henderson drains a desperation heave as time expires to tie the game.
The Outcome: Ole Miss outscores Vanderbilt 11-1 in the extra session en route to a crucial conference win.
Tad Boyle, Colorado
The Game: @ Arizona (January 3)
The Situation: Colorado becomes one of the countless teams in sports history to get jobbed by poor officiating when referees waive off what would have been a game-winning three by Buffaloes guard Sabatino Chen. Arizona wins in overtime.
After the game, Boyle utters a bunch of nonsense about how instant replay should be banned because it didn't favor his team in this one specific instance.
The Outcome: We now know that Tad Boyle struggles with long-term thinking.
Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State
Game: @ Kansas (January 9)
The Situation: Up three against sixth-ranked Kansas with 8.4 seconds remaining, Iowa State elects not to foul. Even worse, the Cyclones allow Jayhawks sharpshooter Ben McLemore to bank home a game-tying three.
The Outcome: Kansas wins in overtime.
Bill Self, Kansas
Game: @ TCU (February 6)
The Scenario: Kansas, then ranked fifth overall, loses a stunner at lowly TCU. Self, a game after lambasting his team's guard play, takes the opportunity to call his team one of the worst in Kansas history.
The Outcome: Kansas loses three nights later at Oklahoma, capping the program's first three-game losing streak since 2006.
Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest
The Scenario: Thanks to a legion of angry fans, Bzdelik decides to stop taking live callers on his weekly radio show. He is the first Wake Forest coach since the call-in show began 17 years ago to eliminate the live question segment.
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
Game: @ Villanova (January 26)
The Scenario: Leading by three with 14 seconds remaining, Syracuse opts not to foul.
Villanova's James Bell misses a game-tying three and his teammate, Mouphtaou Yarou, grabs the offensive rebound. Syracuse again fails to foul and Yarou kicks the ball out to Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono. Arcidiacono knocks down the triple and sends the game to an extra session.
The Outcome: Villanova wins the game in overtime, its second victory over a top-five team in the span of one week.