WATCH: Leonard Hamilton discusses controversial decision not to foul down 4 with 11 seconds left
For those watching the Florida State-Michigan Elite Eight game on Saturday night, the Seminoles’ decision not to foul the Wolverines while trailing by four points with 11 seconds left raised some eyebrows.
Yes, it would have been difficult to overcome that deficit, but it’s not impossible, as college athletes often struggle at the free-throw line.
Still, coach Leonard Hamilton decided not to foul, and after the game, he gave an awkward interview to reporter Dana Jacobson, as you can see in the video below, shared by @MarchMadnessTV on Twitter:
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 25, 2018
Someone on Twitter pointed out that during the regular season, the Seminoles fouled Boston College while trailing by six points with only eight seconds left:
FSU will foul down 6 with 8 seconds to go against BC in the regular season though pic.twitter.com/jeHYajV6FJ
— Stuckey (@Stuckey2) March 25, 2018
While there’s likely an innocent explanation for the decision not to foul Michigan on Saturday night, another Twitter user pointed out that the line for the game was Michigan -4.5.
Whatever the case, Michigan is moving on to the Final Four, while the Seminoles’ surprising tournament run came to an end.