forty minutes of hell

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forty minutes of hell

In collegiate basketball, the entire duration (40 minutes) of a game played in a suffocating and aggressive manner against one's opponents. The phrase was reportedly coined by Nolan Richardson while coaching the Arkansas Razorbacks in the mid-1990s. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. OK, everyone, go out there and give them forty minutes of hell—don't even give them a chance to breathe!
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The first to escape the 40 minutes of hell was 19-year-old Jenny Youll, from Linthorpe.
SEATTLE - It finally ended, those 40 minutes of hell on the banks of Lake Washington that concluded with Washington's 95-50 haymaker that landed square on the Ducks' collective chin.
The Ducks push the pace relentlessly; "40 minutes of hell on offense," said Washington forward Doug Wrenn.
A.: Everybody wanted to believe it was going to be beautiful, the pressing, "40 Minutes of Hell" back again, running and gunning and getting these seniors going, being picked No.
9 in the national rankings, and pushed Oregon basketball - with that entertaining, high-scoring, unselfish and unrelenting style that Washington's Doug Wrenn called "40 minutes of hell on offense" - into the national consciousness.