Louisville Card File: Cincinnati

An underwhelming Cincy Bearcat squad stamped the Cards one and done last year in the Garden during the BEast tourney.

An underwhelming Cincy squad did it again last night.

Is it an aberration? Are we to consider it a toss it out, as a horse player often does when a thoroughbred performs abnormally?

Will schools we’ve beaten like UConn and West Virginia, and those we haven’t played yet, like Rutgers and Pitt, watch the films and develop similar defensive game plan accordingly?

We don’t have to wait to find out, do we? Given the absurd 48 hour turnaround for the Cards and Huskies tomorrow night.

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Frankly I wasn’t as engaged while watching last night’s L as usual.

I had a colonoscopy this morning, so, during the tilt, I was in the middle of my “prep period.”

Feel free to bombard me with takin’ it in the butt twice barbs, if you must.

While it’s probably more info than you desire, my point is that I wasn’t able to concentrate last evening as usual. At least this morning I had anesthesia. Last night it was simply SaniFlush.

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U of L was just whupped.

Cincy came out with the eye of the tiger and never let up. They were quicker to the ball, quicker to the boards, tougher on D and hit important shots.

Mick Cronin is fine coach, and is familiar enough with the nuances of what his former mentor tries to do to prepare his charges. His game plan was immaculate. The Bearcats were hungrier than the Cards and followed directions.

Louisville didn’t hit its shots as well as hoped, because Cincy didn’t allow them to be launched. Peyton Siva didn’t get the offense going as he would have liked because the Bearcats cleverly and incessantly cut off his normal options. Passes were stolen because Cincy clogged the lanes.

All of which hurried up and harassed the Cards into a less than stellar performance.

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One of Louisville’s major flaws this season is the lack of anybody who can consistently get a shot and score off the dribble when the offense breaks down, or when the shot clock is expiring.

There is no trickeration The Rick can come up with to remedy that now.

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Even though he only got 4 boards and was beaten a couple of times on defense, I was heartened by Terrence Jennings’ game. He is improving. It’s a shame it’s taken so long. But at least the process has commenced.

He’s never going to be Pervis. Or, even Padgett. But, if he puts his mind to it, he can become a force to be reckoned with, which can only open things up for the other guys.

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Cincinnati’s bench outscored Louisville’s 31-12.

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The Bearcats were simply ready to win.

Down 38-43 with 13:00 to play, Louisville had an opportunity to shake up Cincy. Instead there was a missed 3, and Cincy took control again.

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I will be glad when ESPN Experimentation Week is over and done.

Cutting down the size of the game action on the screen to keep a camera on the two coaches, as the network did during U of L’s game last night, and differently but to no lesser annoyance during Kansas/ K State on Monday, is ridiculous. Absurd. Of no value whatsoever.

The only innovation I’ve seen them test which makes any sense, and then only if used properly and judiciously, is the scoreboard cam featured during the UK game. Using it for replay to show how a play opened up and a team scored, or fashioned a key stop, is a great idea which would add to an understanding of the game. Showing live action from high above the court is idiocy.

– Seedy K


  1. fred
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Been there, done the “prep work” and got the t-shirt. Condolences and congrats.
    Cincy needed/wanted that game more. That’s it. It’s like the team that’s down 3-1 in a best of seven. Happens all the time. But I gotta say that how poorly the Cards did has mostly to do with how Cronin prepared his guys. We not only shot poorly, we couldn’t get any shots off. As to Jennings, He HAS improved. He doesn’t need to be Pervis. All he needs to do is keep the defense honest. All he needs to do is make them take that one step away from the perimeter and kick the ball out. We’ll be OK. Need to Georgi and Rak healthy. Friday is THE game.

  2. doug
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Cronin watched the UK film and and cut off the head, Peyton Siva. No offensive flow in half court. Cincy’s defense was story of the game, motivated by the hunger of a team seeking tournament berth with marque win.
    I’m looking forward to my first Bellarmine game tonight since attending classes there in ’71-’72! Should be fun!

  3. cbcard
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Split screen could have been worse. Instead of the coaches it could have been Digger and the Knighthole.

  4. Marko`
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    As I have commented before,teams that are long ang strong on the perimeter,have been our ticket to loserville all season…it’s not something you can watch film of and dupe it,you have to have the manpower to back up the game plan…..UC did just that….Siva played poorly,but so did the rest of our backcourt……..a healthy Buckles could help the situation,by being an actual threat to EITHER pass or shoot the ball from mid key……TJ isn’t to that point yet,and I don’t see anyone else on this team that is willing or able to play that position….having said that,a little better and more timely shooting would help in solving the defensive puzzle that Mick threw on us last night…GO CARDS…GO KROGERING….

  5. Mark
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Digger and the Knighthole are here tomorrow, doing the game.

  6. KnightWatch
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    C’mon C D,

    We all saw you on press row last night, certainly you have something to say about that game! Great atmosphere!

    Give me something to get through the day until tomorrow night!

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