Put me in the should've missed the 2nd FT on purpose group. I said it right after he made the first one. With 4 seconds and no timeouts left, by the time the Gators get the ball corralled (if they are even able too cleanly) and pushed up the court, they are getting no shot better than a rushed 3 close to half court anyways. Making it just allowed Florida to get set up and the Chorizo guy or whatever, to get a full head of steam before getting the ball. For all we know, Hayes may have tried to miss it and it went in, which is entirely possible with how he shoots FT's.
Hindsight is always 20/20. It was still a low percentage shot at the buzzer. The guy hit it, what can you do. Just goes to show IMO how much luck can be involved in the NCAA tournament. It's why I think all the overblown talk on certain coaches not getting to enough Final Fours or Sweet Sixteens, etc. is a lot of BS. Right now people are questioning all Gard's decisions while the Florida coach is praised for making the Elite Eight. Florida blew an 8 point lead with under 2 minutes to go and allowed the Badgers to get a tying 3 point attempt off instead of fouling. Fortunately for Florida's coach the Badger's missed FT's and couldn't finish a breakaway dunk in OT or he would be the goat today. None of these decisions are easy.
What a Badger Senior class this was though, four sweet 16's and two Final Fours is unbelievable. They sure experienced some heartbreaking losses, however. Next year's team will be down but I think they will compete. The bar for this program has been raised. The recruiting class coming in is highly regarded and with 5 star Herro already committed in 2018, hopefully they can continue at this level or close to it.