Card Files: East Tennesee State & Morgan State

Quick shots on U of L’s lackluster win over ETSU on Saturday and better performance against talented, well-coached Morgan State today.

U of L 69, ETSU 56. East Tennessee’s coach Murry Bartow handed Hall of Fame, two-time national champ coach Denny Crum his last two losses. He was then in charge at UAB, where he succeeded his dad, who, by the by, Denny owned. Both Card Ls were in Freedom Hall, in the final home game of the 2000-01 season, 74-57, and in the conference tourney, 74-61.

One of the game’s refs was long time U of L and Pitino nemesis, Tom O’Neil. As best I recall, O’Neil, not a Big East zebra — at least up to now — hasn’t done any Cardinal games the last couple of years. Though I could stand corrected on that.

Interesting how much PT Mike Marra is getting. Especially since his heralded long range shot hasn’t started falling. The kid is intense, has some hops and appears to possess a big up side.

The Cards could go to platoon ball at times this season. At one point in the second half, The Rick subbed TJ, Swop, Siva, Delk and Kuric at the same time. One wag at the seriously empty press table offered, “Line change.” Welcome to NHL style substitution patterns.

Rodney McCray was the ticket photo player. Which gives some perspective on Louisville’s current one man recruiting class. Rodney’s was a one man class. I remember how fans kept complaining. “The only guy we signed was Scooter’s chubby little brother.” Which baller played center for a national title squad, appeared in two other Final Fours, and was the third overall pick of the 1983 NBA draft. After averaging a mere 9.2 ppg, and 7.6 rpg for the Cards. Did he have all the intangibles or what?

My take remains that he was U of L’s best recruiting class. So, Card fans, before you start dissing Russ Smith, let it play out.

U of L 90, Morgan State 81. If the Bears coach Todd Bozeman seems familiar, so he is. He once coached California. Rather successfully I might add. Until he was forced to resign after admitting he’d paid $30,000 to the parents of recruit Jelani Gardner. Plus he had a sexual harrassment complaint lodged against him by a Berkeley coed.

Anyway, he’s making the most of his second chance. Morgan State is morphing into the beast of the MEAC. His club gave Louisville a serious and significant early season test. Which they passed.

I don’t know why, but I remain skeptical about Samardo Samuels. Even after a hard-working, sterling 23 and 12 afternoon. Am I alone in this?

Has The Rick, a coach who doesn’t suffer haberdasherial gaffes lightly, gone soft? Preston Knowles is the first Cardinal in the Pitino Era to wear a t-shirt under his jersey. What in the name of the Evansville Aces is going on? This is one call where I’ve always agreed with The Rick. I hate the look of t-shirts under jerseys. On the other hand, how cool would it be if U of L wore official t-shirt jerseys. Like Evansville used to, and Seattle did when they made a run to the NCAA title game with Elgin Baylor.

What’s with all the armsleeves? Have these kids learned nothing from the sudden, precipitous demise of Allen Iverson’s career?

Have you noticed how Buckles has a few mannerisms similar to E5? The way he trots, and pulls on his uni. Rach is going to be a baller before it’s all said and done, but he remains a raw freshman. During one first half sequence, he made an incredible defensive board. On the ensuing trip down the court, his dribble in traffic was stolen for a TO. So it goes.

I’m worried about the Cards’ rebounding. I hope I’m wrong.

Hey, let’s play another tomorrow night.

– Seedy K

2 Comments

  1. fred
    Posted November 23, 2009 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I share your concern about Samardo although I’m not completely sure why. He leads the team in scoring. He is averaging just a rebound shy of a double-double. He goes to the line WAY more than any other player. One problem, and I know I’m picking is against Ark., he had no assists. Against ETSU and Morgan St. he had two in each game. I still don’t see him kicking it out when he’s doubled. And although he leads the team in rebounds, it seems he should have a lot more than he has.I also just have this feeling that when he starts to see better players, he is going to have difficulty.

  2. cbcard
    Posted November 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I believe you are correct about O’Neil. I know he had quite a bit more hair the last time I saw him.

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