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Michigan’s Beilein explains coaching gaffe
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 9, 2013 @ 1:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA – Michigan coach John Beilein admitted he didn’t realize how many fouls his team had committed in the final minute of Monday’s 82-76 national championship loss to Louisville, a major error that affected the Wolverines’ strategy down the stretch.
“I thought we were in the 1-and-1,” Beilein said. “That falls on me.”
With Michigan trailing 78-74, it appeared the Wolverines got a key stop with 52 seconds left when Peyton Siva missed a runner. But Michigan freshman Caris LeVert stepped on the baseline while securing the rebound, turning the ball back over to Louisville and seemingly forcing an immediate foul situation – especially with Michigan only having five team fouls.
Instead, Michigan tried to play defense and force a turnover, wasting 13 precious seconds before center Gorgui Dieng got fouled. To Beilein’s surprise, however, that was only the Wolverines’ sixth team foul. By the time they committed the seventh and put Louisville at the foul line, just 29 seconds remained. Luke Hancock made both foul shots, extending the lead to 80-74.
Wasting those 23 seconds proved to be crucial, as Michigan got back within 80-76 but had only 14 seconds left to come back. Siva’s free throws with 12 seconds left iced the game.… [For more on Michigan's John Beilein explains his coaching gaffe, click here.]
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