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Rick Barnes Getting Criticized For His Coaching Late vs. Iowa

Rick Barnes eyes up his team on the court.

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15: Head coach Rick Barnes of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on in the first half while taking on the Wright State Raiders in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at American Airlines Center on March 15, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

March Madness is in full effect this afternoon as Tennessee went from dominating Iowa to finding itself in an overtime battle. While the execution from the Volunteers isn't great right now, the target of most criticism is head coach Rick Barnes.

Tennessee led by as much as 25 points over Iowa, but countless turnovers have resulted in a nail-biting finish. Although fans can complain about a questionable foul call in the closing minutes of the second half, Barnes made matters worse with his personnel decisions.

With the chance to win the game on the last shot, Barnes left Admiral Schofield on the bench. The standout senior could make jumpers in crunch time, yet he didn't even get the chance.

Ultimately, the Volunteers settled for a three-point attempt from Jordan Bone. The shot didn't connect and the buzzer went off to signal the end of regulation.

Clay Travis, Dan Wolken and other sports personalities went on Twitter to bash Barnes for leaving Schofield on the bench.

Luckily for the Volunteers, the majority of the offense in overtime ran through Grant Williams. Yet, Schofield still found himself riding the bench for the final five minutes of the game.

Costly mistakes from Barnes could be the difference in making the Final Four or losing in the next round.