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Posted by Bob Ryan, Globe Staff  March 12, 2010 02:13 PM

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It has happened again.

A coach trying to defend an opponent from going the length of the court in a do-or-die, end-game situation has chosen not to guard the man throwing the ball inbounds and has paid the price.

I thought every coach in America had a copy of the 1992 Duke-Kentucky game, when an unguarded Grant Hill was allowed to throw a pass to Christian Laettner, who was standing at the other foul line. Laettner's subsequent turnaround jumper won it, 104-103, in what was probably the greatest college game ever played.

Rick Pitino was criticized, and rightly so, for not taking his tallest player and having him guard Hill.

The latest coach not to have learned his history lesson? Michigan coach John Belein. His Wolverines were leading Ohio State, 68-66, with 2.2 seconds left this afternoon. Evan Turner, the likely Player of the Year, was allowed to catch the ball unimpeded, SASHAY UP THE COURT, take two dribbles, and then launch a 40-footer, albeit with a hand in his face. Swish. Game over. Unforgivable. Really. When will coaches ever learn? In those situations, you ALWAYS guard the inbounds pass.

Capice?

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