End result is all that matters for title contenders

The next three or four games will ultimately determine the value of a year's worth of hard work, writes Craig James.

Originally Published: November 1, 2005
By Craig James | ESPN Insider

As a youngster at SMU, I remember hearing one of our coaches say that "people remember what you do in November." How true is that? It's so on target that I just told my two high school boys about that theory. Told 'em both to finish strong on their respective teams.

What was true in the '80s is true today, too. For a handful of contenders, November will either make or break months of dreams. All the summer workouts, early-morning treatments and sacrifices made by the team and individuals will shake down to the next three or four games.