Louisville Card File: DePaul

My operative mind set about last night’s narrow W.

Survive and advance.

And so the Cards have.

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When Siva, Van Treese, Jennings, Marra and Smith (Chris) walked out for the opening tip, here’s what I wrote in my notes: “4 starters out. Dieng. Knowles. Buckles. Swopshire.

Which gives me some perspective.

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While The Rick is getting national acclaim for the coaching job he’s done this season — legitimately so — I still have problems with how he talks about his players.

Peyton Siva played so hard last night he was about to drop. So hard that he made some questionable decisions, like launching that ill advised 3 with a 6 point lead and about 2:00 to play. So hard and with such leadership that, had he sat down any more than he did, U of L would have lost.

Yet, on his post game show, Pitino complained about him being out of shape.

Gimme a friggin’ break.

But the Cards did survive this trap game, so I won’t carp on how more often than not, I can’t figure out what kind of offense they’re running and why. Siva’s the only guy who can effectively attack on the bounce, yet the O had Marra and Kuric and others dribbling. Riddle me why, Rick?

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Not that it matters, since the Cards won, but the critical juncture of the game was almost the segment after U of L too a 56-52 lead with 7:22 to play.

Louisville had 7 offensive opportunities to increase the lead. On one possession alone they had three, with 2 offensive rebounds. DePaul eventually cut their deficit to 54-56 but couldn’t get closer.

The flip side: Louisville’s stalwart defensive effort. After the TV timeout at 6:44, U of L came out in man-to-man and increased the intensity of the press, totally discombobulating the Blue Demons.

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Louisville was +9 on the boards. Jennings and Marra had 8, VT nabbed 6.

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I couldn’t help but smile, during Tim Henderson’s short foray onto the hardwood.

Some fan kept calling him “Hendo.”

I’ve seen John Havlicek play, and Tim Henderson is no Hondo.

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I loooooooooooove Saturday night games. Old school.

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The fans chose Chubby Checker’s iconic “Do the Twist” to dance to.

Most appropriate the twists and turns of the game.

In the first half, DePaul went on a 15-2 run to take a big lead. U of L answered with an 11-2 run to tie it at the break.

DePaul opened the second half with a 9-4 run. Louisville countered with a 6-0 spurt to retake the lead.

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Next up Notre Dame in South Bend.

If the Card win this one, I promise I won’t even passively criticize The Rick the rest of the season. At least the regular season.

Looking at the remaining schedule of BEast contenders, I think Notre Dame will win the regular season title. They have the easiest road from here on out. Pitt has to visit both Bobby Huggs and Nova this week. The Irish play Rutgers today, then the Cards at home, then visit South Florida. They could be tied at the top by next Saturday.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. cbcard
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Ah, Saturday night games. Totally old school.

    In a distant age I met a girl the Friday after Thanksgiving and wanted to see her again but every Saturday night for months was booked, either at Freedom Hall or in front of a radio or once in a while a TV.

    I asked her if she happened to like basketball. Luckily she did. FH was the site of our second date. We’ve been married 31 + years.

  2. Birdie King
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Is this a tale of woe or happiness?

  3. cbcard
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Complete bliss. And she only suggested I type this. (Not).

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