Louisville Card File: Georgetown

Silly me.

The Cards lost, didn’t play so good, but had a chance to win which didn’t pan out.

So I wasn’t feeling so awfully bummed after the game. The old saw: If before the road trip to UConn and G-town, you’d have taken a split, you can’t be disappointed with a split.

So I was down, but hardly in the mood to beat the dog after the final buzzer.

Then I read what The Rick said. “Good is the enemy of great.” Or something like that. So, now I’m confused.

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Truth: Louisville played a less than exemplary brand of college basketball last night. They looked frazzled and road weary.

They committed 18 turnovers. Most of those were in the first half, including 7 of Peyton Siva’s 8. Ouch. Not such a sterling performance in front of dad who was in the stands, wearing a Cardinal jersey.

Fortunately, Georgetown wasn’t clicking so well either.

At the half: Hoya Paranoia 22, U of L 18.

A manageable defecit. Then the Washingtonians ran it out to an 11 point advantage.

Then Louisville woke up.

But not all the way.

Coulda woulda shoulda.

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So, let’s see. This overachieving, undermanned band of Cards lost a close conference game on the road to a Top 20 team on the last day of January.

This is not a reason to contemplate hara-kiri. Nor any other other self destructive act.

So I shan’t.

And, while I hang on every single pontification of The Rick, otherwise know as He Who Always Speaks The Truth, I believe sometime good, if not totally sufficient, is acceptable.

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The Cards three stunning come-from-behinders notwithstanding, this remains a flawed edition of the Cards, with the capacity to fall apart during any given game. That more often than not they have not done so this season is a testament to their guttiness and the work of HWASTT.

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So I just went over the stats again to see if there’s something of note to mention?

The Cards had 14 offensive boards, including three on one possession late that ended with 2 Siva FTs. They won the battle of the boards.

The Cards hit most of their FTs. Two key misses near the end by Kyle Kuric would have given U of L some breathing room. But, it happens. HWASTT is right about that.

Other than that, it was simply a disappointing, but all too typical, night on the road in the BEast.

Ob la di, ob la da.

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Next: DePaul.

Now this is a game where an L would be absolutely totally without a doubt unacceptable.

But the visit by the Blue Demons does bring to mind this vexing query: Why on earth would Oliver Purnell leave Clemson to take the DePaul job?

– Seedy K

5 Comments

  1. cbcard
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Better question is why anyone would leave even the unemployment office to take the DePaul job. And don’t give me any crap about all the great high schoolers that have come out of Chicago. The operative word there is “out” and they ain’t staying home. Would Mark Aguirre be the last one?

  2. fred
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I will not venture into the mind of Oliver Purnell. All I know is it’s cold in Chicago and the great ballers from the Windy City don’t stay home to play at DePaul. Aquirre would indeed be the last.
    I think JT3 watched the UConn game and astutely noticed that Peyton Siva will kill you if the lane is left open. It was closed all night. Zero penetration opps. I thought GTown played some of the best D I’ve seen all year. The homeboys won at the buzzer. Next.
    But, was that REALLY Peyton Siva’s dad in that jersey. All the way from Seattle? To DC for this game? Really?

  3. c d kaplan
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Terry Cummings?

    Agree that G-town played great D. And, frankly I was remiss in my post. U of L also played great defense. Which was what kept them in the game.

  4. Marko
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t play so well,but they did keep punching,all the way to the buzzer..and that’s a good thing……seems like a theme,teams with big,strong,quick perimeter folks cause us a lot of heartburn….Siva is a year away,and some serious weight room time,from being effective against that type of player,and try as CRP may try,you can’t teach or coach quickness(C.Smith,K.Kurik)…Preston’s funky stroke and funkier release is always capable of producing long periods of ineffectiveness….but on the other hand,TJ has seemingly pulled his head out of his ass….good things ahead if it stays airbourne…good mins. from Goode,R.Smith has had possitive streches(needs to be in better shape)…I’m thrilled with where are,with this bunch,at this point in time….and they are fun to watch…even CRP…..DePaul sux,but if our guards don’t put in the basket ant better than recent mis-fires….we could keep it close…GO CARDS………GO KROGERING…………

  5. fred
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    …and watch out for falling t-shirts.

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