Louisville Card File: South Florida

Here’s the question I’ve been getting for days now. “Does U of L have any chance whatsoever against Kenucky?”

Of course, the Cards have a chance. They’re going to play the game, right? Truth is UK is a very very very talented and good team. But the Cats aren’t invincible. Tonight’s league opener however provided little comfort for U of L fans.

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With 10:41 to play, I made a note that Kyle Kuric, coming off a career game in both points and rebounds, played only six minutes in the first half, and had yet to enter the fray in the 2d. Finally with 5:46 left, The Rick inserted KK into the lineup.

Exactly 1:34 later, Kuric jammed a one-handed slam off an oop. No description will do it justice. Quite simply, it was a Top 5 all time U of L dunk.

But the best part of Kuric’s game was that in the next couple of minutes, he made four sterling plays on D, including 2 steals, a couple of boards and a couple deflections.

Note to The Rick: Play Kuric mo’.

Other than that, there’s one thing for absolute sure: The Cards did not leave their best on the floor with the Cats coming up.

The Uglies;

1 – 15 turnovers. 10 assists.

2 – 3/15 from beyond the arc.

3 – Way too many points in the paint by a run o’ the mill Bull squad.

4 – Peyton Siva, do me a favor. Slow down.

5 – Preston Knowles end to end dash with numbers, resulting in nothing. But a benching.

6 – The Rick’s tightened lineup.

Finding something to like:

1 – Despite his turnovers I thought Jerry Smith played a heady and energetic floor and defensive game.

2 – Buckles and Swopshire had 13 boards between them. Swop, playing with energy, also scored some key buckets.

3 – The on court chemistry between Siva and TJ.

4 – The 20-3 run to start the second half.

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How about that mighty mighty loud AC/DC tune not long before tipoff?

The game was far from a sell out. Like the other home games this season.

George Goode won’t be back until February. At the earliest.

And how about Preston Knowles’ sartorial statement? Knee socks. Reminded me of Hardin McLain’s old E-town Catholic teams.

– Seedy K

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