I agree, it's called "COACHING."
I may have mentioned that before and you argued coaching has nothing to do with it.
What changed your mind?
The PLAYERS have to be willing to play the defense, not the coach. You always like to bang on Gard, yet Gard doesnt PLAY the game. Gard can only teach and show the players what to do - it is up to the players to actually do it. You are trying to conflate two different concepts into one thought and it only makes you come across as a dufus. Tell us how coaching gets Happ making his free throws - it doesnt. Tell me how coaching gets Iverson to play consistently - it doesnt. You seem to like to blame the coaching of Gard for ALL of this Wisconsin teams woes, yet you dont seem to understand that the players actually win and lose the games. Nice way to try to take a simple concept(players playing tough defense) and finding a way to bag on Gard. My points about 'coaching' had to do with EFFORT primarily. You cant coach a player to give effort. That is a simply concept that comes from within the play and NOT the coach. It has ALWAYS been known that players of lesser talent can still play defense no matter if they are a 5 star blue chip player or a walk on. For the most part the PLAYERS were simply not giving the effort they needed too. Gard inherited a group of players that for the most part(other than Happ) have not developed. I dont blame him for that as you do. It happens with teams - sometimes you get a bunch of guys who dont develop. Gard's biggest coaching mistake was to try to keep playing the game that he used with 3-4-5 star players when there is only one such player(Happ) on the team. Coaches also dont cause guys to get injured. Many things combined to make this year's Wisconsin team become a bottom tier team in the Big 10. The biggest problem is lack of true D-1 talent. I think Gard has done a fairly decent job coaching this year given all the things that went against him and the team. When I watch these games I see tons and tons of basic mistakes that players continue to make even though many have been in the system for 2-3-4 years. The best thing that will happen is the junior level class guys using up their eligibility(other than Happ). Some of these guys a coach could coach for years and years and they still wont 'buy in'. That is an individual thing. I never needed a coach to motivate me and the top athletes I played with and against didn't either. We self motivated ourselves. Didn't have to have a coach hold our hands.
The next time they play Purdue, they may well get blown out. That is how this team is. Poor or good coaching isnt causing those problems for the most part - the lack of true talent is. They caught Purdue playing poorly and Gard's approach to the game worked - that game. It may well not work the next time because for the most part the offense of Wisconsin sucked BECAUSE of minimal talent on the team. You can stay in and win games with defense, but it is the players doing it NOT the coach. Only so much you can do and expect with almost all mediocre(and many very young too boot) play by the players. The team could well have played the defense they played and still lost IF Purdue plays even average offense. Purdue played poorly and I think their coach even mentioned that. The talent levels on Purdue and Wisconsin are not even close to being equal.
It is great to coach elite or premire level talent. I have done that with men's fast pitch softball. That kind of coaching is easy. Coaching low level talent to play consistently is almost impossible to do. This was one game. Gard's coaching approach was primarily the same as he has used the rest of the year, other than slowing the game down; which allows Wisconsin to stay in the game(hard to coach the opposing team to shoot and play poorly - that is just dumb luck when it happens). This game the players actually did what Gard coached them to do. The players have to take that upon themselves EACH game. Blaming the coaching is just a copout, but an easy out for most people. I didn't see a lot of change in Gard's coaching this game. I saw a lot of change in effort given by the players and that is why the team pulled the upset. Will the players put out this effort the next game??? I would say it is 50-50. Just too many inexperienced/young and mediocre players to actually know that answer. John Wooden would have trouble with this group of players.