Louisville Card File: Arkansas State

How bad were the insufferable John Brady’s Red Wolves last night in the Yum!?

In the 2d half, A State committed 6 turnovers, while garnering only 1 assist. Which sad statistic is positively phenomenal when compared to the 1st half numbers. In the opening stanza, the visitors garnered 1 assist. Against, this is the real number, 16 turnovers.

Yet, in a reflection of how poorly U of L played on offense, the Brady Bunch was still down but 10 at the break with only 12 points totaled on the scoreboard.

Which is to say, this was unquestionably the most boring Louisville Cardinal basketball game I can recall.

Awful.

Poo poo kah kah.

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In my game notes, I have a big question mark after this scribble, “What on earth is that defense U of L is playing?”

Some sort of match up zone, I surmised. But, to be honest, I simply couldn’t figure it out. (As I’ve never been able to fully comprehend the machinations of the fascinating Princeton offense.)

Because the outcome of the tilt was never in doubt, because the game was was soooooo boring, I concentrated on Louisville’s defense entirely, in an attempt to decipher it. I was never able to. Which is a testament to my lack of perception and hoops knowledge. And a testament to the complex nature of Rick Pitino’s (and Mark Lieberman’s) creation.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one to take note, since the D was mentioned prominently in C.L. Brown’s game story in the C-J.

I could tell that the Red Wolves, inept as they were, were totally befuddled. And that the Cardinals did a lot of talking. That’s a good thing.

Plus they’ve held opponents to less than 30% shooting on the year.

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Speaking of assist to turnover ratio, here are some disturbing numbers.

Last night, against a truly awful opponent, U of L had 13 assists against 15 turnovers.

While your immediate reaction is to say, wait a second, Peyton Siva wasn’t playing for the second game in a row, the numbers are still cause for concern.

For the season, Louisville has 56 assists. Against 62 turnovers.

That’s a negative ratio, sports fans. Not the kind of math that rings legit Final Four contenda.

Eleven for 19 at the line ain’t gonna cut it either.

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On the plus side — a 54-27 W can’t be all bad — Gorgui Dieng was slightly more assertive. Operative word: slightly. He made all four of his free throws.

I thought it interesting that Dieng didn’t start the 2d half.

Chane Behanan continues to show why he’s going to be one of our favorite Cardinals ever . . . if he stays in the red & black for at least one season beyond this one, hopefully two.

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As you can tell from the graphics I use for these posts, I love the retro Dunking Cardinal logo.

A couple of games ago, at the gift shop I was able to score the last t-shirt with that logo on the chest.

And last night, I discovered they now have red ball caps with that logo. Sweet.

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After the last game, I wrote the powers that be at U of L Athletics and suggested that the Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird” become part of the Cardinal game night tradition. Fans love it. It’s a great song. The bird is the word metaphor works for the Cardinals.

Sigh, it was not part of Nelligan Sports’ game plan last night.

I hope my request hasn’t fallen on deaf ears.

The fans did get to hear the Isley’s “Shout,” having chosen it to dance to. Then again, the game was such a snooze, Boogie Man could have found some rhythm in “MacArthur Park.”

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So far this season, the Big East is 0-4 against Top 25 foes.

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The new pre-game intro video last night came with 20% less Rick.

Now, if they can just cut that by an additional, say, 98%, it would be great.

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Since last night was such a sleep walk, here are The Ventures, with their version of the Santo & Johnny classic.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. fred
    Posted November 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    The headline could have read, “Wolves hold Cards to 54 on 37% shooting.” A State, as did the Cards, missed layups and open looks, hardly a testament to great D. Certainly a game worthy of nose plugs. But I’ll take the W. Poppa ew maow maow.

  2. Ernie Muppet
    Posted November 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    It almost goes without saying, but Bellarmine is considerably more Division I than those scrubs.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. cbcard
    Posted November 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Chane will be (or at least should be) here until he proves he has a decent jumper.

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