Louisville Card File: UConn

I . . . don’t . . . understand . . . ! . . . ! . . . !

My first thought: LSD flashback.

Then I said, no, but maybe it’s some sort of fantasia. So I checked the movie listings. But, no, Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland” has not opened yet.

Louisville 78, Connecticut 76.

This one, sports fans, is inexplicable.

The Freedom Hall era has seen good U of L teams, great U of L teams, mediocre U of L teams, some woeful squads at the end of the Crum years. But never has there been a team as schizophrenic as this 09-10 squad.

If the question is What in the name of the Western Carolina Catamounts just happened at Gampel Pavilion, my answer is: I dunno.

But I do know one thing for sure. You will hear nary another word about whether U of L will or will not make it into the NCAA here. Either they will — hopefully — or won’t. Two weeks and two hours from now, we’ll know. I haven’t a clue.

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Edgar Sosa made the game winning play. He had six assists against only one turnover. Good for him. By all accounts, he’s a decent kid, undeserving of the rasher of shit I was going to give him, had the game — and, thus, the season — gone the other way.

He’s just an enigma. Our enigma, for sure, but an enigma nonetheless.

His winning drive was a thing of beauty for Cardinal fans. Until then, he spent the second half, trying on goat’s horns.

The Cards ran out to its largest lead of the game — 7 points — with Peyton Siva running the point. Louisville took a timeout with 7:50 to play, still up 5. The Rick left Siva in the game.

After the second to last TV timeout at the 6:42 mark, The Rick inserted Edgar Sosa. On his first offensive possession, Sosa was stripped driving to the hoop. Next possession: Sosa air ball on five foot floater. Then he committed a reach in foul at the other end. Next offensive possession: Sosa missed a quick 3. Next offensive possession: Ditto.

The 10-0 Huskie run gave them a 71-68 lead. Preston Knowles then took charge, wrapping a three and a couple deuces around two Kemba Walker FTs (after a reach in by Sosa).

Outrebounded by an astonishing 28 boards, the Cards persevered. SS went for 14/7. Knowles and Smith tallied 12 apiece. Siva was rock steady and scored 8. TJ made a couple of important plays. Swop nabbed 8/5. Kyle Kuric scored 10, including the 5 most important, other than Edgar’s winning layup. Which would be the trey at the first half buzzer and the fastbreak dunk to start the second half.

Most important, Louisville played D*E*F*E*N*S*E. Lots of defense. And turned it over only 11 times, half as many as UConn.

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Needless to say, the W is huge.

The answer to What It Means In The Long Run? is blowin’ in the wind.

Before the game I watched Marquette at Seton Hall. Most vexing was trying to figure out whom to root for? Wondering why it had come to this, I had to try and figure out what would help Louisville the most?

Which brings me back to where I started this screed: I dunno.

With 6:58 to play in the first half, I jotted down this question: Any chance to win the game?

My answer: NO!

That’s how much I know.

– Seedy K

2 Comments

  1. doug
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I sat and watched the game today with little optimism. I scream as I watch Samardo literally bounce balls off his head unable to muster enough energy to grasp a basketball. Jerry and Edgar share their moments of brilliance mixed with total ineptitude.
    I’m 57 years old. I can’t take this anymore. But I will continue to go back time and time again. The Big East games rip your heart out one night and reward you the next.
    In the end, I think the mystique and the drama make the adventure all worthwhile. Fun, fun, fun!

  2. cbcard
    Posted March 2, 2010 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    If memory serves me correctly when Pitino put Sosa back in he also put in Samuels and perhaps one other player. Yes Edgar had several bad possessions upon returning but the lineup changes ratched down our defensive pressure and that was also a major factor in the game swing.

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