MORGANTOWN - Have you ever had one of those days when you just wanted to give up, crawl back in bed and start fresh tomorrow?
Well, West Virginia's basketball team has had about a week of those days one right after another.
And so that's pretty much what the Mountaineers are doing right now.
It can't hurt.
"We just need some rest. It's that time of the year,'' senior guard Truck Bryant said. "It's the time when your body's starting to wear down a little bit - the wear and tear and some bumps and bruises, stuff you have to take care of.''
True, this is the time of the season when the physical toll begins to show, especially for a team that might practice as much as any in the country. Bob Huggins is a big believer in hard work and his three-hour practices, while preparing a team for life in the Big East, also wear on bodies, even if they are 18- to 22-year-old bodies.
But what West Virginia is going through right now is far more mental than physical. Monday night's 72-66 loss at home to Pitt was the Mountaineers' third in a row. That just doesn't happen very often to a Huggins-coached team.
You know how many three-game losing streaks Huggins has suffered through since the turn of the century? This is the fourth. He had one at Kansas State in early January of 2007, another to end the 2002-03 season at Cincinnati (including an NCAA tournament game) and another at about this time that same year, with two of the losses to ranked teams.
Think about that. That's 397 games since the 1999-2000 season, and in 385 his teams avoided losing three in a row.
So that kind of dismisses any theory that Huggins just works his players too hard and they're bound to run out of gas.
"Yeah, it's mind and body both,'' Bryant said. "But, yeah, I think it's a lot more mental than it is physical.''
What is the answer to mental fatigue? Well, the same as to physical stress. Rest for a while.
Huggins gave his team Monday off. He will give them today off as well. The Mountaineers don't play again until Sunday at Providence.
While all sorts of things could happen when this team gathers again on Thursday, most feel that nothing should happen until then. They need not only to get away from the game, but from each other.