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The coaching job done by Roy Williams with this team has been highly underrated.
They have three huge victories over out-of-conference powerhouses. They have also dealt with and rebounded from one of the biggest roster subtractions anywhere in the country. When P.J. Hairston was removed from the team, it took a while for the rest of the team to adapt. There was no more safety net coming to save them from the malaise of midseason.
After scuffling for a few games, the confidence and effort seems to have returned.
It is never easy to recoup a rudderless team, but that is exactly what Williams has done.
He has also gotten a great deal out of a limited roster. There is a considerable lack of shooting talent here. There are also a number of talented yet limited big men. Williams has seemingly worked his rotation well in order to get the most out of all of them.
With a different recruiter, perhaps this roster would be better. It is hard to know. However, with a different coaching mind, it seems likely they would lack the high-quality wins this team has and may have trailed off into obscurity after that start to conference play.
Although Williams can be criticized for failing to get the most out of highly recruited freshmen, his desire to push tempo and adapt to a roster filled with brick-throwers is impressive in and of itself.