Maybe it was the lack of a headband. Or his starring role in a video featuring the "Dougie" dance. Whatever the reason, Flowers turned in the finest all-around performance of his career as WVU moved about the .500 mark in the Big East conference.
Playing without his trademark headband, Flowers recorded 24 points, rebounded six missed shots, blocked five and dealt out five assists in West Virginia's 30-point win. Afterward, he grinned sheepishly when asked about the reasons for the outburst, joking that the equipment staff was tired of giving him headbands because he kept giving them away. He also laughed about the playing of the Dougie dance video during a second half timeout, in which Mountaineer staffers and players kept sneaking looks at the video board rather than paying attention to head coach Bob Huggins.
"He was yelling at us to listen," Flowers admitted with a laugh.
The real reasons for the full stat line, as well as the outstanding defensive job he laid down on Providence scorer Marshon Brooks (13 points), lie in Flowers' work ethic.
"John is one of those guys that really puts in the time and works at it," Huggins said. "After practice, John's out here shooting the ball, and he does a good job looking at tape. He works and puts in more time than anybody.
In this interview, Flowers discusses the reasons for his scoring explosion and jokes about the video, which highlights his dance skills.