I used to think I was a decent HD coach. Then I had this team: http://whatif.cincinnati.com/hd/TeamProfile/Ratings.aspx?tid=14105
Livingstone was the highest rated team in Phelan DII by > 20 points over all other teams. Yes, I know overall ratings are misleading, but bear with me. We were a FB/press squad with eleven 3rd/4th year players with an average IQ of just over an A. Athleticism and speed were decent for a press team but not elite, but we were excellent in every other area - rebounding, ball handling, passing, stamina, defense, low post, on and on.
Yet I couldn't beat good teams. For the year, we finished below .500 against human coaches, losing 3 games to teams rated 70-80 points below us. In the first round NT, I lost to a team 75 points lower by being outrebounded by 11 despite the opponent playing +1 and me having a +10 rebounding margin all season. I tried multiple starting combos, distributions, defensive settings, foul aggressiveness. We turned the ball over like crazy, shot free throws worse than the prior season despite practicing FTs heavily and having all 11 returning players, and let good teams consistently shoot 50% from the field.
How did I screw up this team? Was it that poorly assembled, or did I just coach it into the ground?