Louisville Card File: St. John’s

Did I see a truck back up to U of L’s basketball complex this morning, with some auxiliary whirlpools to treat the Cardinal wounded?

I sure hope so.

Otherwise, TJ is going to have to share one of those baths with Marra and VT. Talk about your team togetherness.

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The always jellin’ Steve Lavin called a timeout last night with 9:02 to play. His Johnnies were down 71-45. At that juncture, U of L was 12/18 from the beyond the arc, a glossy 67%. Except that the percentage had dropped since halftime. In the opening half, Louisville nailed 7 of 10 treys. Tsk, tsk.

The Cards hit only 1 of their last 8, finishing the game 13/26. That’ll win you a lot of basketball games.

As my friend David repeats ad nauseum, “You always look good when you make your shots.”

Louisville looked very good last night (except at the free throw line). It was easily the Cardinals’ best performance of the season.

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A few more rebounds would have been nice. But this particular morning after is no time to pick nits, given how well U of L played. Besides I’ve got to hurry up, so I can stand in line at the grocery for some staples.

(Which I mention, since it’s mandatory that all card carrying members of the Louisville Punditry Society make at least one mention of grocery store panic on a day when the weather report is calling for more than 1″ of snow. I am now in compliance and have received permission to carry on.)

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The other number I love is Louisville’s 2/1 assist to turnover ratio. A lot of the miscues came after the game was well in hand.

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Question of the Day: How good might George Goode be, had The Rick given him a chance to play before this season?

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Chris Smith remains an unassuming steady presence in the lineup.

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Observation of the Day: Cardinal fans are going to have a major love affair with Gorgui Dieng. His block on a potential dunk with a minute to play was exquisite.

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The Cards are among NCAA team leaders in several critical categories. (These stats do not include last night’s game.) U of L ranks #5 in the country with 18.2 assists/ game, #10 with 6.1 blocks/ game, #9 with 9.4 3s/ game and #4 with 10 steals/ game.

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Now for some peripheral observations (I thought you’d never ask):

1. My pal Janet was trying to get down to say hey to St. J special assistant Gene Keady before the game. She worked for him when she was at Western and he coached there. I asked if she was close enough to the former Purdue mentor to tell him it’s long past time for the greasy, dyed combover to go? I’ve chatted up Keady. He’s a truly nice guy. With a great basketball mind. And the worst hairdo in sports.

2. J-Bone came home. Another stupid timeout interview, but, at least, his voice is listenable.

3. Strength coach Ray Ganong is the fastest chair in college hoops. You ever notice how quickly he sets ‘em up for the team at a timeout?

4. It was old school rock & roll night. (Could it be that’s why the Cards played so well? I certainly think so.) Kudos to the fans, who by a clear margin chose Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” over two pretenders for the timeout danceathon. And they played Isley Brothers’ “Shout” during the Milk Chug Shakeout.

– Seedy K

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