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What was he thinking?



Cal_2 Memphis basketball coach John Calipari seems like a good guy. And he has done enough in his career to qualify as a pretty decent coach. But what in the world was he thinking during the last 10 seconds of regulation in Monday night's national title game loss to Kansas?

With 10.8 seconds left, Memphis Derrick Rose made a free throw to put the Tigers up by three. At that moment, Calipari had two timeouts. He could've (should've) called time out, told his team to foul Kansas and put the Jayhawks at the line with the chance to only move to within one point. Instead, Calipari chose to not call timeout. Memphis didn't foul and Kansas' Mario Chalmers drilled a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Calipari claimed after the game that Memphis was supposed to foul, but if you look at the replays, no one was trying to foul anyone. It's obvious the Memphis players didn't know they were supposed to foul. This was for the national championship, people. Don't leave anything to chance. Call time out and make sure your players know what they're doing.

And speaking of timeouts, don't you then use one with 2.1 seconds left to come up with a play that might get you a better shot to win than the half-court, no-chance prayer Memphis tried?

Sure, if Memphis makes just one free throw down the stretch instead of going 1-for-its-last-5, it wins. But Calipari dropped the ball in the final 10 seconds. No way Kansas should've shot a three-pointer to tie and Calipari is blame for that.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:41pm]


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