The 2009-10 Louisville Cardinals are toast.
The loss to West Virginia is simply the latest in a season of meltdowns.
The Cards try. They’re good kids. They are not awful.
They simply don’t have the wherewithal to close, to stay focused and execute when it matters, to grab the W and hold on to it.
And Rick Pitino is not doing a very good coaching job this season either. Except his reluctance to play Samuels and Jennings together is not irrational. TJ was beaten badly on West Virginia’s first two hoops of the game, both threes. He’s slow afoot and slow thinking from a basketball sense.
The Cards were up 11 with 6:37 on the clock. “Louisville is going to get a big road win,” or so went a premature ejaculation from the hyperventalive announcer Mike Patrick. Uh, not so fast, dude.
Bobby Huggs, who can coach as well as he can bellow, switched to a 1-3-1. The Rick had no adjustments. U of L fumbled, stumbled and bumbled away the lead. Once again, they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
No go to guy. No savvy. Just a run o’ the mill bunch of guys, a cut or two below championship level.
Yes, there were two unacceptable officiating calls at game’s end. The ball bouncing off a Mountaineer’s face right in front of the ref should have been Louisville’s. And Delk was assaulted on his late three. No call. Which is not to mention that it’s against the rules for zebras to use replay on an out of bounds call. Which they did to West Virginia’s advantage when they looked on one play and when they didn’t look on another.
But here’s the Truth: Those calls should never have mattered. Louisville simply gagged away a big lead it should have held onto. It’s not the first time. They threw it away. Missed a couple of big front ends of 1 and 1s. Gave away too many second chance opportunities. Simply blew an eminently winnable tilt.
The Cards will not play in the 2010 NCAA tournament.
– Seedy K