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I will never understand why we went to Nolte over Atkins when Gill went

down. Maybe Nolte was better schooled in the rotations and responsibilities of the defense, but we needed someone who could check Dawson and compete with him in the paint and on the glass.

At that point, opponents (MSU included) weren't respecting Nolte's 3 on offense either. If things are going to be clogged up on offense, may as well go with the guy who stands a chance of keeping Dawson limited when the Spartans have the ball.

My only critique of Tony in the early days at UVA - sometimes putting too much emphasis on the system and which players knew it best. There are times when you have to throw the system out the window when you realize the system can get all the stops we want, but if we can't secure the rebound due to a physical mismatch, maybe you just have to go with the better athlete. To his credit, he's become much more adaptable in that respect since then (and there's not a coach in the college ranks I'd even consider over him WITHOUT factoring in how great he is OFF the court too. When you add that component, he's my favorite coach OR athlete in all of sports).

(In response to this post by Chris Horne)

Posted: 05/22/2020 at 2:37PM


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