Louisville Card File: UConn

Shame On Me. Nobody’s been harder on Terrence Jennings than I have. Relentless. Not tonight.

The beleagured and oft defamed U of L pivotman went 16  and 10. Five of those boards were at the offensive end. Including one follow slam he stole from VT. Four blocks against the blockingest team in college hoops for the last decade. (The Huskies as a team had half as many as TJ.)

Of nary a flaw, shall you hear, of Jenning’s effort today. (What’s the name of that Star Wars character who syntaxed like that?)

I asked, with a wink, a couple blogs ago, whether TJ’s effort at the end of the Marquette game would spur him on to start meeting OUR expectations?

So far, the answer is YES.

The more the Cards have to rely on him, the more he seems to thrive. Dieng is out. The Rick went short, meaning TJ had to man up. He did.

Shame On You. It was just a few days ago that I chastised those who have been comparing Peyton Siva to his predecessor at point guard, calling him in a deliberately Freudian manner, Sosa.

Hush your mouths.

Siva’s learning curve is upward bound. He’s making more mature decisions. He’s making major drives to the hoop.

Simply stated, he took over the UConn game. Which his counterpart, Kemba Whatisname, a leading contender for National POY, did not.

That last name’s spelled S-I-V-A. Learn it. Love it.

Shame On You. Nobody’s gotten more shit from Cardinal fans than Mike Marra.

Shackled with that idiotic huzzah from The Rick — I don’t need to repeat it — MM has struggled. With his shot.

His floor game and defense have been a pleasant surprise. And have gone almost totally unnoticed by the ready to rant fan base.

Well, the Tattooed Tommy Gun nailed two major treys in the second half.

Shame On Me. Nobody’s been harder on The Rick than I have. Relentless. Not tonight.

Pitino totally outcoached Jim Calhoun today.

The Rick’s matchup zone was a marvel.

He adjusted and went small in the second half, realizing it would give U of L mo’ better 3 point opportunities.

The Cardinals have now come back from significant deficits in three conference games. Coaching must have something to do with it.

Bottom Line. As somebody wrote me today after the game, this edition of the U of L Cardinals has True Grit.

Flawed and undermanned, they simply do not give up. Outrebounded. Only 11 of 20 at the line. Down by 9 with under 10:00 to play in regulation at the home of the nation’s #5 team. Down by 4 with :38 to play in the first OT.

No Problem. Cards win.

Apt Descriptor(s). Stunning. Baffling. Dumbfounding. Indeed.

Most of all, FUN.

Apologies. Anybody surfing over here for some insightful assessment of Louisville’s W over UConn?

Sorry, this one was pure emotion. (My pen and legal pad and note taking were retired with about 5:00 to play in regulation.)

This one was the Film Babe and I staring at the TV screen for several silent seconds after the final buzzer, not quite sure if what we’d seen actually happened. Then it was hugs and high fives. This one was jogging in the park post game to work off excess energy, yelling “How ’bout them Cards?” to everybody in red.

You can have your Marquette and West Virginia Ws. This is my favorite.

Are we havin’ fun yet?

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. doug
    Posted January 30, 2011 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Coaching has definitely been a key component of this team’s successes. It might hurt to acknowledge it, but the job the staff has done this year reminds me of “The Unforgettables” team down the road, a bunch of average players who came to believe in each other and played without fear.

    In his press conference yesterday, Pitino talked about coaches getting conservative and slowing down the pace late in games and in OT’s. He called that strategy a coaching mistake made by many coaches. Buzz Williams? Jim Calhoun? I loved watching UConn take the air out of the ball as we continued to be aggressive. The 2 3′s opening OT2 were killers!
    I’m enjoying the journey!

  2. c d kaplan
    Posted January 30, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    That aggressive style is one of the reasons Pitino’s record in the NCAA is so glossy. Most teams decelerate. His put the pedal to the metal.

    And yes, it’s hard to acknowledge. But, do so, I must.

  3. bob
    Posted January 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Chuck you will like this one: I had disconnect the phone and taped the game, always allowing plus temp. With 8.4 seconds on the clock and Smith on the line my time ran out.

    I finally ran down someone who told me about the last 8.4 seconds. Having a bad heart I might not have survived the finish. Marquette, WV and now this how much can one heart take?

  4. Seedy K
    Posted January 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    The Lesson: Watch in real time.

    When I tape games, I always give it an extra hour. 

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