Meet Travis and Chavis Holmes.
Mirror images at 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, the Virginia Military Institute twin guards have led the Keydets to a 20-4 record thus far through hard work, endurance and a little mischief. On The New York Times' blog The Quad Thursday, Adam Himmelsbach relates a tale from earlier this winter when the two talents switched roles before a free-throw attempt.
In that Dec. 31 game, Chavis had missed three free-throws in a row early in the first half, and Travis could see that his brother was struggling. So the next time Chavis was fouled, Travis had an idea.
"He just walked up to me like, Man, let me shoot these," Chavis said. "So I just let him."
Travis made both free-throws, and the Keydets went on to win, 73-70. The twins said their parents were the only people who noticed the switch.
Both stellar free throw shooters (Chavis currently shoots 85.5 percent; Travis 80.5), the stealth switch was a nice touch, adding a true duality to their powers. At the time, the twins' parents noticed that No. 3 was not on the line while No. 23 filled in and converted.
The larger question: did the twins break the sport's honor code? Should they be given demerits and have to scrub more floors on campus? Should they be applauded for the crafty execution?
Holmes twins pull a fast one [The Quad]
LAYDEN: Behind the Holmes twins, VMI is mobilizing into a dangerous team [Sports Illustrated]