In the moments over the last four days that I haven’t spent giving and receiving presents, preparing for a weekend in Vegas, or trying to get my car in and out of the garage through an alley full of snow and ice, I’ve tried to put a happy spin on what I saw Monday night.

I don’t think I’ve gotten there yet.

This was the first game this year that has disappointed me. I can’t think of one area where I thought we played well. Even our effort was sub par. I was baffled by all of this until I watched Coach Crean’s press conference after the game.

In case you missed it he said, “I think it kind of was a microcosm of our week. We did not have a great week.” And then he said, “We probably had more days this week that were not good than we had that were good.”

This is not the first time this year that Crean has talked about bad practices. Perhaps the greatest sign that our team is young is how how they practice and Crean has said repeatedly that this team has trouble keeping the focus and intensity up over the course of an entire practice, much less being about to sustain that energy from one day to the next.

One of the things I remember Coach Knight saying to our class was “The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.” Everyone wants to win, but not everyone wants to put in the work necessary to make that happen. We will not find continued improvement until we can find sustained effort, and that can’t come from anywhere outside. The movement we need is on our shoulders.

I’m heading to Vegas in a few hours. Anyone want me to place any bets on the Lipscomb game?

In response to Coach Crean’s call for an increased sense of urgency, I present the theme song for this week’s practices.

I realize that even after watching the theme song, the title of this post may be too obscure for most. If you know what it’s from, please share in the comment thread. I looked for the video clip, but I couldn’t find it.

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