Savor this across the board consistency and equality.
FGs: 4/5, 4/9, 4/8, 4/11 (Preston Knowles still needs to pass the ball on occasion to his teammates), 4/7, 3/6, 4/7, 2/2, 5/9, 1/6 (That damn Justice kid, when’s he gonna learn to shoot straight?), 1/3.
Louisville was 15/37 from beyond the arc, a most respectable 41%.
Remarkable numbers when you think about it.
Rebounds: 3, 2, 6, 5, 3, 2, 3, 4, 4, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0, 1.
From the line, the team was 17/19. (Knowles, Henderson, run the steps and get with the plan.)
The Cards had 29 assists on 37 made baskets.
And committed only 12 turnovers. But pilfered the ball a bunch. 19 steals to be exact. I’m not sure how many fast break points the Cards had, but know it was a bunch.
This squad, at least so far, is giving more than lip service to the share and share alike philosophy it espouses.
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I’m not sure there’s much else to say.
Chattanooga is not a great squad. That said, it was a fine early season effort by Louisville.
Gorgui Dieng showed yet again that his development remains in its very early and rudimentary stages.
George Goode showed that he could give the Cards some valuable minutes in spot duty . . . if The Rick gives him a chance.
If Russ Smith is any good at all, and if Jared Swopshire is able to play and at least at the same level as last year, it appears Louisville will have a legit Top 25 squad and exceed expectations.
But, as I tell my pal Bruce all the time, don’t peak too early. A W over Butler and a battering of Chattanooga do not a season make.
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The crowd, which once again took way too long after halftime to return to the seats, was generally subdued until the Cards got running in the second half. And significantly less inebriated than Saturday, when the football/ basketball doubleheader took its toll. Lots of stories about drunk, surly fans at the Jackson State game.
But the audience did choose Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” for a full timeout, over Quad City DJ’s and Train.
– Seedy K