Hello, friends, and welcome to the second edition of Why Did WSU Basketball Lose This Time?, brought to you by Ernie Kent.
WSU basketball is enduring its longest stretch of ineptitude since Paul Graham roamed the sidelines at Friel Court — the Cougs are 43-66 overall under Ernie Kent and 14-44 in Pac-12 play — which means there are lots of opportunities for Kent to provide
excuses reasons for his team’s latest stumble.
excuses reasons are fairly nonsensical, and sometimes will even contradict previous excuses reasons — this one is the gold standard. These excuses reasons often also tend to subtly shift the blame away from coaching and toward some sort of inherent problem with the players themselves. (Although, not this time!)
Since the Cougs have now lost eight of 10 games and this season is shaping up to be one that is once again devoid of interesting on-court results, we’re entertaining ourselves by debunking our coach’s most recent
excuses reasons for a loss.
Following last night’s second half collapse against Stanford, Kent offered a new
excuse reason for the loss: Slow referees.
No, really. You should probably read this for yourself:
#WSU coach Ernie Kent opened his postgame presser with comments on the collision between Viont'e Daniels and the official, which he felt was a massive turning point. More or less, says refs need to adjust to a faster-paced game. Here's the full quote. pic.twitter.com/nDc1w29tNs— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) January 12, 2018
Just in case you didn’t watch the game or look at a box score, let’s recap:
- Ernie Kent is calling a collision between an official and Viont’e Daniels, which occurred just minutes into the second half, a turning point.
- Daniels had taken two shots in 17 minutes up until that point.
- WSU turned the ball over 22 times in the game.
- The Cougs scored just 25 points in the second half.
- WSU ended up losing by nine.
But, yeah — totally the referee’s fault.
Of course, that wasn’t all of it; Ernie Kent went back to the well for a familiar
Coach Kent: Flynn played so well we stood around and watched 2nd 1/2...it’s mental https://t.co/W67o4aLp61 get tired and can’t forget to block out or rotate. We have one guy to guard late in Pickens and don’t find him...We aren’t a bad team we can play w that team picked 5th pac— Matt Chazanow (@M_Chaz) January 12, 2018
Ah, yes. Mental toughness. Always an excellent choice. It’s now the leader in the clubhouse:
Ernie Kent Ridiculous Excuse Leaderboard
|Bad shooting by backups||1|
|Lack of student support||1|
|It's just a tough job||1|