Louisville Card File: College of Charleston

At the 18:10 mark of the second half, I jotted down this ominous query: “This year’s Drexel?”

The Cards were 6 down, and not looking on top of their game.

The deficit increased to 38-46 at the 17:05 mark, when The Rick called his 3d timeout of the game. The Cougars at that juncture were 9/15 from Treyville (Thank you, Mike Pratt), 2/2 after the break.

Then Russ Smith’s playground panache kicked in. He hit a deuce. And a trey. Picked a pocket. Did it again.

U of L started to close in.

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The Rick gave a lot of post game credit to Little Ricky. (I shall refrain, other than this small gesture, from making any comparisons to the transition of power in North Korea.)

Seems it was Pitino the Younger’s suggestion to camp Kyle Kuric in the key, a hole of gigantic measure in C of C’s zone. To good effect. It certainly helped Louisville’s oft and still stagnant offense.

My take is the more significant move came from Pitino the Elder himself. Down 53-55 at the 6:19 TV timeout, the Cards went small. Gorgui and four elves, Siva, Kuric and the Smith Brothers.

The Cards pressure was cranked to 11 the rest of the way. U of L’s press took away the visitor’s penchant for a reverse pivot dribble against the press. Cremins’ crew committed 5 turnovers. Missed a couple layups. And, exhausted from the chase, the front end of a key +1.

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One guy’s opinion: This game was not a thing of beauty. Don’t expect to see in on display when the renovated Speed Museum reopens. But it was an entertaining, harum scarum, Keytone Kopsish affair, especially when U of L kicked it up a notch in the 2d half. Methinks it  was Louisville’s best W of the season.

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After last evening’s disturbing assist/ turnover ratio of 12/17, the Cards stand at a not Final Four worthy ratio of 161/154 on the year.

After hitting 80% of their FTs against Memphis State, the Cardinals were a disturbing 7/16 last night, an unacceptable 43%.

Last night’s three point barrage by the visitors was not an aberration. Louisville has allowed more treys on the season than it has converted.

So you won’t think me totally Mr. Negativitude, some sweet stats. 15 steals, 5 by Russ Smith.

17 offensive rebounds.

Russ Smith’s 3 at 2:48 on an assist from Siva, and brother Chris Smith’s 3 at 2:06 on an assist from Sive were HUGE. Duh. U of L’s lead was jacked to 7 with less than 2:00 to play. Of course, C of C took 3 back seconds later.

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Toppers up next on Friday.

Cards still on collision course for trip to Lexington and a Top 5 matchup with Cats. Not that we’re starting to look ahead or anything. Nor should we, with dangerous Hoya Paranoia coming to town, and always tough in-state rival Western Ky also making a visit.

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. Phil
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I understand that Siva’s ankle still isn’t 100%, and that probably has more to do with his production (or lack thereof) than anything else, but i can’t help but watch him hesitate to shoot when he’s open beyond the 3 point line and wonder if “The Rick” has toyed with his shot so much that the poor kid is basically unable to score unless he takes the ball to the rim.
    Opposing teams don’t even pretend to guard him out there anymore.

  2. cbcard
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Going small. I turned to my wife and said “Hey, we’re doing the Nova.”

    And Eydie was no where in sight.

  3. fred
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    According to the official stats, we are shooting 44.5% on the season. Fine. But we have played – my opinion- four competitive games this year: Ohio, Vandy, Memphis and C of C last night. Here are our shooting percentages for those games: 37, 40.9, 41, 43.5. I just don’t think we shoot very well as team. Our star point guard is shooting 34% from the field and 23% from the arc. Whoever decided to put Kuric in the seam of the zone for 12 footers made a great move because if we have to rely on perimeter shooting to win, we won’t.

  4. bob
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    I am sure it was also “Little Ricky’s” idea for R. Smith to steal the ball and C. Smith to hit that three point shot, but sence “the rock star” said it, what is not to believe?

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