Or, he may just know what works this time of year when your in a Super Regional in the NCAA tournament. You have to keep playing one pitch at a time.
Van Horn has coached the Razorbacks to the Super Regionals in three of the last four seasons. And he's taken four teams to the College World Series, counting two trips as head coach at Nebraska. So maybe he knows what works this time of year.
"It's hard to get there (to the Super Regionals), I know that," Van Horn said Tuesday as the Hogs prepared to practice at Baum Stadium for a trip to Waco to face No. 4 Baylor in the Super Regionals this weekend.
"I know that when you get there, you are down to 16 teams (and eight make the CWS)," he said. "So at that point, you have a chance."
Van Horn wants to keep the CWS from being the focus at this point, although he knows that's difficult at best.
"We just talk about playing the game," Van Horn said. "That's our main focus. I hear stuff like we are one game away, or we just need one more. I tell them to just go out there and just play.
"If you lay in bed at night and think, we need just one more, it won't happen. That's not how you do it."
The way to do it is to get all the cogs going in the right direction. The Hogs were closer to that in the three-game sweep of the Houston regional, taking out top seed Rice in the Saturday night winner's bracket game in a 1-0 victory.
Top pitchers Ryne Stanek and Barrett Astin blanked Rice in a beautifully pitched game. It was the best Astin had pitched in a few weeks.
"I think it was about getting his confidence right," Van Horn said. "There were a few things mechanical that we did, but he was rested and attacked more. That's what he did in getting those final six outs. His stuff has always been good."
The Hogs would like to get one of its main weapons going before facing Baylor's Bears. Dominic Ficociello hit .335 as a freshman, but is stiting squarely at .300 this season. His average has slipped from .320 one month ago.
"He's been struggling for awhile," Van Horn said. "But sometimes all it takes is one swing to get it all back. That's the way this game goes. So we hope it happens (in Waco). He's got to be more disciplined and not go after pitches out of the zone."
The Hogs don't expect to get relief pitcher Cade Lynch back for the Super Regional. Lynch has been suffering from migraines. He was a late arrival in Houston and still hasn't returned. He went to see the same doctor that performed surgery to relieve those migraines 18 months ago.
"I don't think he's back yet, and I don't expect him to pitch (this weekend)," Van Horn said.
The Hogs may be down a catcher, too. Freshman John Clay Reeves is out with stitches in his little finger after a knife mishap.
"He cut his finger last week," Van Horn said, displaying how Reeves must hold a bat with that finger straight. "Welcome to the world of freshman. Can you tell I'm frustrated?"
Van Horn said he has great respect for the No. 4 Bears with a team batting average of .312.
"They remind you a little of Kentucky in our league, with good hitting and a pitching staff that throws strikes," Van Horn said. "They won 18 straight Big 12 games. I was in that league five years so that impressed me.
"I can tell you that Baylor would be right there at the top if they were in the SEC. They are very good."
Van Horn said he knows the Baylor park from those days in the Big 12.
"The south wind blows out to left field and I studied the box scores of the regional games they had and it was sometimes blowing straight out at 23 mph," he said. "I have put the weather app into my phone for Baylor. So far the days I've looked, it has been different."
The message Van Horn delivered after completing that explanation on the weather in Waco?
"We just have to go play," he said.
And don't count games.