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The Most Baffling Coaching Decision Of The Lowe Era

January 12, 2011

There's 3:41 left on the clock.

The score is tied at 60.

Your freshman point guard is on fire, having scored nine points in his current shift which includes a run of eight-straight points.

It's crunch time.

Naturally, you take him out of the game.

Wait—what?

In nearly every corner of the college basketball universe, of the greater basketball universe, of the even-greater sports universe, it would be nearly impossible to find a good reason for pulling a player with a hot hand at crunch time in a critical road conference game in favor of a one who's been sitting on the bench for the last 10 minutes.

It was almost predictable what happened next: Javier Gonzalez came in, promptly directed a possession that resulted in a shot-clock violation, and had two defensive lapses that led to the deciding three-point buckets that put the game out of reach.

Ballgame.

I mean, I don't know what else to say. I think it completely speaks for itself.

In my mind, in a collection of incidents over the last four years that could be called questionable, this is the most egregious example of a coaching decision from Sidney Lowe that screams, "I am not qualified to coach in the ACC."

It goes against nearly every logical construct of coaching. You need scoring. You need floor continuity. You need offensive flow. And this call—to remove Harrow from the lineup in favor of Gonzalez—goes against all of that.

This was a very winnable game. One on the few on the schedule that could go either way and make the difference between a 10-6 season or a 7-9 season. And when the game was in the balance, Lowe made a move that makes zero logical coaching sense.

And frankly, I feel like this will end up being one of the largest nails in Lowe's coaching coffin because it's so blatantly indefensible.

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