Welcome to February, the proverbial crunch time for collegiate basketball programs. March may be filled with madness, but February can be riddled with anxiety as teams position themselves for conference tournaments and potential post-season runs.
It is in February that you never want opportunities to pass by.
But perhaps the greater lesson comes from the University at Buffalo women’s basketball after the Bulls dropped an overtime decision to Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon. On paper, the Bulls should have beaten Northern Illinois and continued their climb in the Mid-American Conference standings. Instead, they shot the ball poorly, didn’t adjust to Northern Illinois’ interior defense and failed to secure rebounds late in the game.
The opportunity for a fifth-straight win fizzled in the haze of a bad performance. The momentum was gone. And February is not the time to lose momentum, right? It’s not the time to fix things. It is not the time for a poor performance.
So there should be a level of concern, right?
Well, maybe not, said Buffalo coach Linda Hill-MacDonald:
We don’t have time to worry. We need to prepare. If we sit around worrying, we will be foucsed on the wrong things. We need to