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Giglio on Roy's Final Play Management

From ACC Now:

After the Clemson game, I praised Roy Williams' end-game management. Leonard Hamilton provided a prime example of what not to do on Wednesday.

On FSU's final offensive sequence, Toney Douglas, a point guard, was being guarded by Hansbrough, a power forward. Kudos to Hansbrough for staying in front of Douglas but how about a pick for the guy? Or at the very least, a clear out. Hamilton instructed neither.

After a fortuitous offensive rebound, FSU had a second chance to win the game. Hamilton called timeout. Douglas got the ball again and this time got a high screen but forced a shot, looking for a foul on a helping Hansbrough. Correctly he didn't get the call.

With 3.6 seconds left, again Williams displayed the command of his team. Under the Dean Smith Manual of Coaching, you always get the ball past halfcourt and then call timeout.

Usually, Williams would have done that but with FSU's players sloughing off Lawson and parting the Garnet Sea, Williams let Lawson go. The rest is history.

I know what you're thinking, "How is letting your point guard dribble the length of the floor and hit a lucky buzzer-beater great coaching?"

Because Williams prepared his team to do so. Flash back to the N.C. State-Florida game on Jan. 3. Florida hits a basket with 11.3 seconds left and Sidney Lowe immediately, without regard to Florida's intentions, called a timeout.

Williams gauged the defense and trusted his players to make plays. That's good coaching.

And as a postscript to Lowe's end-game management, at the end of overtime on Tuesday against Miami, Lowe had Julius Mays cross halfcourt and then called timeout. At least he's learning from his mistakes. Williams must have lent him a copy of Dean's book.

When it comes down to a handful of seconds and one play to get a shot, Roy does a pretty good job drawing up a game winner or having his players prepared to execute. We see this sort of thing at the end of the first half on occasion and against Clemson last season in Littlejohn. Even the missed shot at the end of the infamous Georgetown game was not a bad call, the shot simply did not fall. Last night, Ty Lawson executed and was able to do so because at some point Roy prepared his team properly.

Leonard Hamilton wishes he could say the same thing right now.