CONSENSUS: Don't call time.
4 -- One of your key players picks up his fourth foul with five minutes left in a tie game. Do you sit him down or let him play?
This is the call that's most dependent on personnel. "You have to play to win at that point," says West Virginia coach John Beilein. "We'd leave him in and change the matchup or go zone." A trusted, even-tempered senior gets the benefit of the doubt, as Vermont coach Tom Brennan makes clear about his star forward, Taylor Coppenrath: "If it's Tay, I live with him."
CONSENSUS: See your guy through.
5 -- You're down three points in the final 20 seconds. Do you hunt a three-point shot, or go for a quick two and a steal or foul?
Even 15 seconds, says Pacific coach Bob Thomason, is plenty of time to go for two and count on your defense to make a steal or put a poor foul shooter on the line. A team protecting a lead is usually on orders not to foul, so a quick slash to the basket can pay off. "You go for two because the percentage is up, unless you have just an incredible [three-point] shooter," says Calhoun.
CONSENSUS: Go for two. --A.W.