In mid-February you’ll hear TV announcers talk about freshman players “hitting a wall” in college basketball. That’s because we’ve reached the point in the calendar where high school seasons would normally be ending  (in terms of the number of games played), and first-year college students aren’t prepared for their new endurance test.

Personally, I think people make too much of this most of the time. A coach doesn’t want to admit he made a tactical error, so he blames a freshman. Coaches make so many mistakes! And, even when it does happen, the player eventually gets a second wind in March…