Louisville Card File: Cincy

Let’s start with the most important — and disturbing — element of Sunday afternoon’s W.

Which is those absolutely atrocious new glittery thingamagigs the LadyBirds were wearing. Those were some U.G.L.Y. costumes. Tawdry. Unbecoming. Hardly worthy of the incredibly high quality of the 84 time Galactic Champion LadyBird dance team.

They looked like something a “dancer” would wear at a cheap 7th Street Rd. strip joint.

One can only hope these outfits are one and done.

These talented ladies deserve something far better.

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Kudos to Reginald Delk and Peyton Siva. Both played far and away their best games as Cardinals. Siva tallied 10 points, had three steals, three assists and a big ol zed in the turnover column. Plus he provided some spark and helped settle down U of L after an awful start. Delk posted a 13/ 11 double double, an assist, at least one block, some stalwart defense and zero turnovers.

Edgar Sosa nailed that important 3 at 1:52, and hit some keys FTs with :59.2 left when he was Mick Cronen’s designated shooter after Samuels had to leave the game when fouled. Good for him.

The Cards were outrebounded 27-31. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut . . . they started out with a single board when Cincy had 10 before the first TV TO. Which means they outrebounded the big and burly Bearcats 26-21 for the last 35 minutes of the game.

Lance Stephenson scored 12 of the visitor’s first 15 points. And did nothing for the rest of the game except yell at his teammates now and again.

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When Siva committed his second foul at 8:26 in the 1st, and The Rick was pulling him, a fan yelled out, “Leave him in.”

Samardo didn’t get a lot of rebounds, but it looked to me like he was manning up. Jennings started out passively, but seemed to toughen — at least a little bit — as the wrestling match of a game wore on.

During U of L’s first half comeback, The Rick, for the first time while at U of L that I can recall, turned and implored the Freedom Hall fans to make some noise to help further rattle Cincy.

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I gotta wonder what impressionable freshman Rakeem Buckles is thinking? He starts at Seton Hall. Then gets nothing but pine time against Cincy.

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Final thought that might not have occurred to anyone but me: Winning beats the alternative.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. Woody
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    I have seen Rick fire up the crowd before, but it certainly doesn’t happen very often. As for Buckles, welcome to Pitino’s rotation. You can be the hero one game and literally non-existent the next. Just ask Kyle Kuric.

  2. Charlie G
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Siva did his work in 12 minutes as I recall. Well done.
    I was surprised to see Coach exhorting the crowd but we needed it. In the BEast the Hall Named Freedom is a big advantage but not if it’s a quiet as a church.

    Perhaps only Syracuse has a comparable home court advantage. The Corporate types that populate the Hall need to get off their duffs.

  3. cbcard
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps overlooked is that discounting Kuric’s 2 early minutes Rick went with an eight man rotation allowing guys who were playing well to stay in the game and stay in rhythm. Depth is great but very few teams can play 10 guys and play well.

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