Originally Posted by StephenHero
The book on Roy Williams has been written since 2008 although coaches still don't plan accordingly. For a long time, conventional wisdom said that slowing the game down was the best way to beat his teams. I read a really good statistical study on how to beat his teams and the conclusion was that the key was actually to play at North Carolina's speed, but with a relentless physicality in hopes to maximize the amount of possessions. They found that in the games his teams lost, the winning team out-fouled UNC by a 7:4 margin, compared with a 5:4 margin in the games his teams won. Roy's weakness is his inability to ever make a coaching adjustment on the spot and so teams had the ability to play really fast, force careless turnovers through aggressive pressure and get a handful of extra possessions in before Roy would get to the tv timeouts where he could make adjustments. Roy almost never uses timeouts and so his teams are vulnerable to any in game adjustments like a change in defensive set by the opponent. Even when UNC was getting sodomized by KU in the Final Four in 08, he refused to call a timeout until KU was up 38-12. In contrast, Bill Self almost always uses every timeout he has and he gets better defensive efficiency out of his players for it. Roy is really stubborn in his coaching mentality. But when you recruit guards and athletic big men like he does you can win championships despite of it. But to his credit, he really is a mastermind on transition offense and that's probably what makes him recruit so well.
As a KU fan, trust me, that book was written long before 2008. He's too stubborn to ever use timeouts, his teams are finesse teams, and if you slow it down, he's toast.