Refs often times have too much say so in the outcome of the game. Bad calls, make up calls, etc. can have too big of an effect on the eventual outcome. My biggest pet peeve in college basketball is when an offical gets excited and emotional when making a call. Hightower is a decent official, but he often likes the spotlight to shine on him.
Originally Posted by traderumor
I know this isn't the way Matta coaches, but in that game, I kept on waiting for him to bring in someone like Sibert or even the kid from Georgia (name escaping me) for a few minutes to see if they could knock down a few shots. Just a short stint, let them fire up a few and see what happens. I also was screaming to switch to a zone against Purdue Tuesday just to change the look and maybe take them out of what was clearly torching the man to man on that particular night. But then, that is armchair coaching, just seemed like some in-game adjustments that were ripe for the picking to pick up the struggling starters. That kind of thing seems to be Matta's kryptonite.
One of my biggest complaints about Matta may be his biggest strength. He doesn't panic and doesn't change his style. Often times it works out in the end but there are times when a change is needed. Matta is stubborn in making in game decisions which has hurt the team in the tournament but then I look at their final four run a handful of years ago and his coaching style was a key reason to why they made it there. There were times against and Tennessee where other coaches would have paniced, Matta didn't.
I do think his biggest flaw has not being able to get any offense from the bench. When Smith Jr. was struggling on offense it would have been nice to see someone step in for him. Most of the guys who come off the bench are defensive minded players, not guys who can score.