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Hey, did you eat your “Wheaties” this morning? Just asking.
Now, what the heck just happened last night in Ames, Iowa? 93-77? Are you kidding me?
As of today the WVU Basketball team is 16-6.
If you have been following WVU basketball this season you know what a wild ride it's been!
Jevon “Superman” Carter simply has been amazing.
“The Sagaba-Express” Konati often resembles an angry "King Kong" as he jumps high above the net and sends another blocked shot rebounding of the shooters forehead!
Sagaba's muscles flex on his 6'8 frame. He leaps high above the net. He slams the ball away from the hoop with great anger. It's almost as if the offending ball had somehow "offended" Sags. While be a gentle giant and a kindly soul off the court; Sags transforms into a devastating one-man wrecking ball of pure talent and athleticism!
He then rages with ecstasy in his utter destruction of both defender and ball!
He then commands the 17,000 plus in attendance at "The Coliseum" with fist pumps and screams to rally behind his Olympic effort!
In unison the entire state of Wes Virginia, including those in attendance and those listening and watching at home, respond to his unbridled youthful exuberance and joy with thunderous applause!
Freshman Teddy Allen went toe to toe with another Freshman named Trae Young during the Oklahoma game and was incredible. Impressive enough for Coach Huggins afterwards to say of Teddy Allen, “He's as good as Trae Young.”
Lamont West has been a thrill to watch grow and develop.
The chemistry inside the Coliseum has been “ATOMIC” at times!
The team went on an incredible win streak and were suddenly ranked #2 in the country. The first time since 1959 when that West kid was playing for the Mountaineers. Wonder what ever happened to that kid?
“Press Virginia” was back and producing results big time! It was simply amazing to see. WVU would get in the face of the offensive opponent and like a wild and rabid Honey Badger attack, attack and attack.
If the opposition managed to run the labyrinth of pressure defense and per chance find themselves in the “Paint”; there they were met by “King Kong” himself. Standing at 6'8 and weighing 250lbs was Freshman “The Sagaba-Express” Konati! He has 69 blocked shots to date!
Then suddenly the ball deflated as if it has been run over by a freight train.
Against Texas Tech, Kansas, TCU and Kentucky the dominated. Well that is in the first half.
Against TT they blew an 11pt half time lead. Kansas a 16pt lead. TCU 7pt lead. And against Kentucky a team of Freshmen the Mountaineers looked like the Harlem Globetrotters playing the Washington Generals in the first half. Then they blew a 17pt halftime lead and eventually lost 83-76.
As if all of that wasn't devastating to watch; now the Massacre in Iowa! “Mountaineer Nation” now knows how America felt the moment they heard about General Custer's decimation at the battle of “Little Big Horn”.
What has gone so horribly wrong? WVU should be 21-1 as of today. And ranked #1.
I have watched and reviewed the games tapes and have made a conclusion as to why this is happening.
Now stay focused here, “Grasshopper”. I may have found the answer!
1/WVU's “Press-Virginia” style of play causes the WVU players to expend as many calories as they would expend during a whole game if they played a regular 1-3-1 defense; in the first half alone!
2/ WVU's “Press-Virginia” style of play causes the WVU players to “wear-out” midway through the second half. Meaning, they're energy reserves are running low!
If you look at the game tapes of the four losses mentioned above you will see them loosing energy in the second half.
To see if my Hypothesis holds any credibility; I called Nettie Freshour. Tank, who's Nettie Freshour?
Great question, “Grasshopper”!
Nettie is the “Sports Dietitian” and expert on all things nutrition for WVU Athletics.
She explained that the team eats a well prepared meal four hours before the game. It's comprised of proteins and carbs. The team then takes a to go box as well. During the game the players hydrate with either Gatorade or Water.
Again, WVU's “Press-Virginia” style of play is relentless. It's stop and go action burns both Carbs and Fats for fuel according to Nettie.
When I told her my Hypothesis she said, “I can see your point”.
This made me happy to know that I'm not as delusional as I think, you thought, I know, I'am!
I believe that the answer to STOP blowing 17pt Half Time leads just might be the “Half Time Fuel Sources” our boys are ingesting.
Nettie is well respected in her field. And dare I say, WVU winning an NCAA National Championship just may come down to her getting into her lab and blending a “Super Energy Drink” for the boys to drink at halftime.
It will be filled with Carbs, Fats and Proteins galore and have 2,500 Calories!
She'll throw in some Gurana, Yohimbe Root, 'Pop-Eye' Spinach, Beet Juice, 'Ovaltine' and a dash of 'Cajun Hot Sauce' for spice! Then mix in a can of “Monster Energy” for good measure!
And “BOOOM”, the boys will swill down the powerful mixture at Halftime and hit the second half of these remaining games like a runaway heard of stampeding bulls!
I'm probably wrong about this. But in the absence of any other logical reason for the letdowns and blow leads; it's the best I got!