Louisville Card File: Cincy

Revised 2/25 2:15 pm

Here’s the bottom line that is becoming ever more apparent. (Perhaps it’s been obvious to objective observers for a while.)

The Louisville Cardinals have a slightly better than average team, with only the faintest hope of advancing very far into the NCAA tournament.

There are glaring weaknesses that are, on occasion against lesser opponents, overcome. Mostly one or another of the flaws will haunt this team.

Too many turnovers. Or poor free throw shooting. Or the lack of players who can score off the bounce. Poor decision making. Lack of experience underneath. Very little offensive cohesion. Inconsistent outside shooting. Did I mention too many turnovers?

This squad, for the most part, plays stellar defense. But if you hold a similarly talented team to 60 points, you need to win the game.

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Kyle Kuric simply had one of those nights. Going to him at the end was absolutely the right call, except he’s a better shooter from the other side of the hoop.

Kuric is a spot upĀ  shooter. Setting up plays where he gets it on a curl are a welcome addition, but he simply isn’t as effective as when he is posted in the corner to the left of the hoop for a catch and fire.

The Smith Brothers were also off their feed. U of L still almost won. Operative word: almost.

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Peyton Siva had one of his better games. But that’s relative.

He still dribbles way too much. (Which is probably The Rick’s fault.) And his decision making is rarely astute.

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I really have very little else to say about the game.

It underscores reality. No matter where the Cards are seeded in the NCAA, Louisville has a better chance of losing in the first round — for the third consecutive year — than of advancing to the Round of 16.

Sad, but true.

With Van Treese, Marra and Blackshear healthy, it would certainly be a different story. But none of them are suiting up any time soon.

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Cardinal fans can only pray that Wayne Blackshear is not to Louisville as Greg Oden is to Portland.

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Yo, Mike Patrick, I can tell you why Chane Behanan sat for 13 minutes of the game. His weakside D was atrocious.

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Kevin Ware’s scoop shot from the foul line was the shizzle. I doubt nonetheless he’ll ever be a point guard of consequence.

– Seedy K

2 Comments

  1. bob
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    There are two theories about Kuric being given the last shot.
    1. There is no way he can miss 11 in a row.
    2. There is no way he can make it, he has missed 11 in a row.

  2. cbcard
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Wonder if we flame out in game one again and if so will the arsonist be Murray State?

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