Louisville Card File: Louisiana (Lafayette)

Interesting thing — at least to me — about the school that we used to know as Southwest (or was it Southeast) Louisiana. In the Sun Belt literature, the school is consistently referred to as Louisiana Lafayette. But the info the school’s SID passes out to the media refers to the school simply as Louisiana.

Hmmm. Identity crisis? Perhaps.

Anyhow, Ragin Cajuns is a way cool nickname.

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The Cards had one of their oddest lineups on the floor during the first half. Sosa had two fouls, so was on the pine. TJ was in street clothes, thanks to The Rick’s media oriented suspension. And Samardo needed a blow. So there were Swophshire, Buckles, Smith, Knowles and Siva in at the same time. Patterns didn’t develop quite as smoothly. But the five stole clock, while the Cards were building their lead.

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Once again we learn what a warrior Preston Knowles is. Do I love late bloomers, or what? Thirty seconds into the game, he flew to the hoop for a deuce. Then he was part of a double team that caused a La. turnover. During which D, he apparently jammed his bad thumb. He was in noticeable pain.

Yet he tallied 11, had 5 boards and a couple of assists during his 13 minutes of play in the opening stanza.

Do we love this guy? Okay, you don’t have to answer that.

His injury is the type that is not going to heal until the season is done and he can rest it. One of the keys to U of L’s year is how much he will be able to contribute?

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Samardo Samuels and Kyle Kuric both had career highs in points and rebounds. The former is improving by the game. Good for him. Hopefully he’ll be able to hold his own against the sterner competition of the BEast.

Sometimes The Rick says things that dumbfound. Like, last night after the game, when he said he’s not feeling as bad about play at the 3, given Kuric’s performance. Duh. It seemed obvious to me after watching the Evansville native play in the pre-season scrimmages that he’d be a contributor. The kid is solid, has great fundamentals, deceptive fire, eye of the tiger, great hops and great intuition on the boards.

Reggie Delk is also starting to be a factor.

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Was it just me, or didn’t it seem odd that they made such a big deal when introducing Jason Osborne during a stoppage in play?

It’s really one of the sadder cases concerning a U of L hoopster. He played two years for the Cards, before “flunking out.” If memory serves, he was always eligible under NCAA standards, but the school, under the Swain administration, had adopted more stringent eligibility rules.

I always thought he was as talented a baller as ever donned the red & black. But he never seemed to get his shit together. He was in DeJuan Wheat’s class. Had JO been on that overachieving team Wheat’s final year that made it to the Elite 8, before losing to Carolina, who knows? The Cards might have another Final Four on the resume.

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U of L is obviously improving. But, given the level of competition, it’s difficult to tell how much? My guess is they’ll hover in that 8, 9, 10 victory range in the conference. But, if they keep getting better, and the press gets to smokin’, there might be a few mo’ stolen Ws.

Which is why they play the games.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. Geoff Glaab
    Posted December 24, 2009 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Even though I was only 11 or 12, I remember Jason Osborne being probably the most dominant high school player I’ve ever seen. It’s too bad it never matriculated into a productive college career. You’re right CD, Osborne, Wheat and Sims could have gone to the final four in 97, and probably 96. They would’ve had better seeds, and wouldn’t have run into a horrible Tim Duncan traveling call, or a juggernaut of a UNC team.

  2. fred
    Posted December 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I just don’t see how we get better playing some of the teams we play. I see a rude and painful awakening coming on January 2nd.

    Jason Osborne looked like he didn’t want to leave the court. He wandered slowly all the way to midcourt and back. I don’t think UL made his intro a big deal. HE made it a big deal and I’m sure it was for him.

  3. cbcard
    Posted December 24, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    With two decent knees Tick Rodgers would have had at least a seven year NBA career. He was the best defensive freshman UofL has ever had, even with bone on bone knees.

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