Pearl was being told by his players after shootaround that they were comfortable with the sight lines at U.S. Bank Stadium, they actually weren't and their shots were way off during the game. Pearl made a shrewd adjustment to get them back in the game offensively, which was to remove the depth perception issues by only having his guys shoot 3s from the corners since the sight lines were more like they were at the SEC Tournament or at Vandy.
Pearl and other coaches made the mistake of approaching UVA's Pack Line Defense wrong. The only coach who got it right during the NCAA Tournament was Tim Craft and he got away from it, which is when the UVA Defense was able to force bad shots and get wear down Gardner-Webb. You have to approach the Pack Line like it is a junk defense or even like it is a zone, the Pick and Slip with the option of a ball screen and pop was ALWAYS THERE. G-W had opportunities to get to the center of the offense from the wings, but they were running Pick and Rolls with poor spacing from there and that just ruined them.