Michigan‘s ascent to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament coincided with the end of Florida State’s season, so it’s understandable Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton was not happy after his team’s 58-54 loss to the Wolverines on Saturday night.
Still, on Sunday afternoon, Hamilton conceded he “could have done better,” during his postgame interview with CBS’ Dana Jacobson. Hamilton was dismissive when Jacobson questioned why Florida State did not foul trailing by 4 points with 13 seconds left, at one point turning his back to the reporter as if he was going to walk away.
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Jacobson reasoned that teams in similar situations often foul, putting the other squad on the line in hope of climbing back into the game on the back of missed free-throw attempts. Hamilton seemed perplexed at the notion, insisting it wouldn’t have helped anyway.
“The game was over,” Hamilton said, shooting Jacobson a confused look.
Hamilton said Sunday his reaction was a product of him getting lost in the emotions of the loss, and that Jacobson was “doing her job.”
Michigan, meanwhile, moved on to earn an NCAA semifinals game against Loyola-Chicago on Saturday. The Wolverines are hoping to win the program’s first national championship since 1989.