Originally Posted by socaltownie
I just think to try to disaggregate the contribution of those interactive variables is impossible without a lot more data than any of us wants to go and collect. (how about THAT for the quality of discussion on a sports board for an elite university?;-)
Well, this ain't Shaggy Bevo, that's for sure!
I also agree with your point about the variables: To what extent are we talking about nagging injuries versus simply pure fatigue... Are the players intelligently practicing and training during the season? (Are they getting time to recover? Do they continue strength training throughout the season?)
That said, I DISAGREE that pure fatigue was the major factor in our late season demise. As the OP alluded to, top, well-conditioned athletes who average 20 years of age should be able to play 35 minutes a game, twice a week (Yes, I am taking practice and other conditioning into account, as long as it's designed to compliment what goes on in the games.).
Three games in three days, like in the conference tournament, would doom a team like ours, but not regular-season conference play or NCAA Tournament play.