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Posted: 03/29/12 11:56 AM ET

Final Four 2012: Best Coaching Moves Of NCAA Tournament

In the NCAA Tournament, where the room for error is constantly shrinking, making or not making a specific coaching move can often be the difference between winning and losing. The 2012 Final Four contains some of the premier head coaches in college basketball. Let us examine a crucial coaching change each has made thus far in the tournament that has helped propel his team to the Final Four.

Rick Pitino, Louisville
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Despite having college basketball's highest-rated efficiency defense per KenPom, Pitino and Louisville were blitzed for 41 points on 8-11 shooting in the first half of its Elite Eight game against Florida. The normally effective trapping zone press employed by the Cardinals was getting exposed in both transition and in the half-court. After just one second-half possession though, Pitino made the switch to straight man-to-man. In 48 possessions, Florida shot just 11-29, compared to 12-17 versus the zone, per ESPN Stats & Info. And, over the final 2:30 of the game, Billy Donovan's club missed six shots and committed one turnover.
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