Louisville Card File: South Florida

Given my oft stated postulation that all conference road games are tough, even if playing the likes of DePaul or Auburn, and that a road loss in league play is rarely an upset, I willingly acknowledge the flip side.

Louisville’s W against an underwhelming South Florida squad is a most worthy accomplishment. Given that the Bulls now stand 0-4 in the BEast, 6-11 overall, I’d say it’s holding serve. But that’s always a good thing.

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It’s usually more difficult to assess a team’s performance watching on TV, as opposed to live. That said, I think the Cards actually played a pretty good game, against a team which, if a shade more solid, might have pulled out a victory. Louisville fans have seen the Cards lose these games all too many times in the past.

“College basketball is a game of runs.”

We’ve heard that before, true?

It certainly was in the second half this afternoon.

The Cards ran off 10 in a row, to take a 64-55 lead, midway through. Which was answered by a 10-0 Bulls run, for a 65-64 lead. After which, the Cards tallied 7 straight for 71-65 lead at 3:55, which they never relinquished. Because Preston Knowles came alive with a jumper, then a shot clock-running-out trey launched from somewhere near his rectum.

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Stephan “He doesn’t have the skills to play major college basketball” Van Treese, started and produced a double double in 33 minutes of action. 12 points. 14 boards (9 offensive). A block and only one turnover.

Yet again, George Goode tallied two field goals in a row. This time they were threes. He was rewarded with 7 minutes of PT.

Which actually isn’t to be criticized that much. Dieng was solid with 5 blocks, 10 points but only 3 boards. TJ looked to have a bit more life today, running the floor for sure, making a couple of nifty passes and offensive moves. 12 points in 13 minutes. But only 2 boards.

For someone plagued by foul trouble from the get go, Preston Knowles stat line was pretty glossy. 12 points. 6 boards. 3 assists. 2 steals. No turnovers. In only 12 minutes on the hardwood. U of L matched South Florida’s taller Bulls on the boards with 33. Louisville was 23/26 at the line. Smokin’.

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U of L hit a serious 9/23 from beyond the arc. The last of which was Knowles amazing dagger.

Which came right after occasionally astute, but ever hyperbolic color announcer Bob Wenzel opined that South Florida was in a zone, because Louisville wasn’t very good beyond the arc.

Later he offered that Kyle Kuric’s foul on a rebound — stopping the clock and giving the Bulls two points to cut the lead to six with 1:47 — was a “good foul.”

Huh?

Which gaffes were nothing compared to the unprofessional idiocy of play by play hack Rick Hallenberg.

With 2:49 to play in the 1st, and SF ahead 41-38, he dubbed their “biggest lead of the game.” Of course, they’d led by four a couple of times before that.

Then, for a reason which defies explanation, he described the embarrassingly small gathering of Bulls fans as a “great crowd.”

In fact, after the cameras panned almost empty gym before tipoff, I wrote a note, “How does Stan Heath recruit players to come there and play?”

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Who was that mystery woman, who came up to shake The Rick’s hand, as the team’s were lining up for the opening tip?

– Seedy K

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