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I’m a big Perry Ellis fan. So when Villanova’s men’s basketball team beat Kansas University last night, March 26th, I and a lot of other people were asking: “What happened to Perry Ellis?” KU’s leading scorer had no points in the first half (20-minutes) and ended up with just four. Now there are those who will say that it was Villanova’s excellent defensive effort but I watched the game and Ellis missed some pretty easy shots that he normally makes. So the question is: why? I’m an avid believer in: what takes place away from the basketball court affects what takes place on the basketball court. Is it possible Perry had some type of personal problem the night before the Villanova game that he didn’t share with anyone? Very often, male college players have issues with their girlfriends; sometimes they are good issues and sometimes they are not so good issues, like an argument (which doesn’t help their game.) And when an athlete withholds (bottles-up) the issue and doesn’t tell anyone, it’s a form of lying that affects his or her ability to focus. I guess we’ll never know why Perry was off his game last night. But it can be a learning experience for all of us. That is: DO NOT WITHHOLD YOUR FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS. CLEAR THEM AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE.

I’m predicting KU will win it all PROVIDING they don’t experience a problem like they did last year with Jeff Withey. As you may recall in that final game against Kentucky Withey, who is 7 feet tall, scored only 5 points and had a sub-par performance. A lot of coaches and basketball pundits will tell you that he just happened to have a bad game but I don’t buy that. A great player like Withey doesn’t just happen to have a bad game unless there’s a reason, and I believe that reason may have involved an off-court problem with his girlfriend the night before the game. Off-court problems for male college athletes almost always involve a member of the opposite sex. So I would bet the kitchen sink that last year, the night before the Kentucky game, Withey had an argument with his girlfriend that he didn’t tell anyone about and kept it bottled up inside himself. And as we all know, when athletes withhold it’s a form of lying that demeans them and creates baggage that affects their ability to focus. But the opposite is also true: When athletes are happy and their lives are in harmony, they will perform close to their skill levels on a consistent basis. So if Withey and his girlfriend are getting along famously, look for him to have a great post-game run that will result in KU winning the national championship. And the fact that 6’ 8” freshman Perry Ellis’ game has improved remarkably since the beginning of the season will only add to the Jayhawks’ success.

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