The zebra who is the bane of many Cardinal fans (as well as those of many other schools) certainly helped seal Louisville’s W this afternoon with that intentional foul call against Syracuse’s Chris Joseph with 17.8 to play. Jerry Smith rattled home two FTs for a relatively safe 64-60 lead.
Prior to that, the Cards looked as if it was going to be deja vu all over again, blowing most of the 7-point 59-52 lead it held after SS’s dunk on a beautiful inbounds pass at 3:02.
The Cards still missed a bunch of charity tosses that would have provided significant breathing room. Smith failed to nab two right after those mentioned above. Swop and Sosa both missed the front end of one and ones in the last 1:41.
But Mike Marra saved the day. Nabbed a key board after Swop’s miss, then nailed a trey a few seconds later at 1:22 for a six point lead. Samardo Samuels also came up big late, not scoring his first point of the contest until 7:46 was left to play.
Winning is a good thing. Winning is more fun than losing.
What it means in the long run is still to be answered. I still believe the Cardinals need to win 5 of its last 6 to assure itself an NCAA bid.
It’s to the Cards’ credit that they not only stayed in the game but pulled off the W. At 13:44 in the first half, they were down 2-10. Len Elmore, not prone to hyperbole, made two telling pronouncements.
“I can’t believe with what’s at stake that Louisville is so sloppy at the start.”
“It’s almost like Louisville isn’t there on defense.”
But the Cards hung on. It’s a good thing.
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A tad o’ this, a little o’ that:
Is it my imagination or were the sartorially resplendent Rick Pitino and the haberdasherial bereft Jim Boeheim wearing the same necktie?
How come the Louisville Cardinal mascot has never gotten any face time in commercials or on the first family of sports networks?
The Cards have now bested the ‘Cuse five straight times.
Prior to today’s W, U of L’s sole quality win this season was over — gulp — South Florida. That is not a typo.
– Seedy K