Louisville Card File: Syracuse

U of L’s Cardinals are steamrolling into the post season, looking to all the world like a classic 8/9 seed. Sweet.

Playing Oddsmakers, I’d say the Cards have shorter odds to finish the year on a four game losing streak than they do of making it to the second round of the NCAA. The Rick’s team is half way there.

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Changing lineups to shake things up — hopefully for the good — in the 31st game of the season. Not a good thing. And of no help.

Saying your point guard needs to be more prudent when driving the ball to the hoop — 99 games into his career — not a good thing. By the by, Peyton Siva coughed up the rock 6 times.

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The good news is the Cards bested their first half output against South Florida — 17 points — by a bucket.

The bad news is they powerballed their way to 17 points in the last 7:43, and still fell a digit short of the half century mark for the game.

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Gorgui Dieng held his own on the glass with 12 rebounds. But he looked intimidated on offense, hitting only 3/13 from the field.

U of L was a glossy 8.7% from beyond the arc, 2/23.

The only guy whose stat line looked substantial all the way across, Chane Behanan, still somehow never seemed a factor in the game.

Jared Swopshire played like he deserved his start. He tallied 4 points and had 3 boards before the first media timeout. He grab two boards and scored zero the rest of the way.

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My favorite quote of the game. When Louisville fell behind 27-45 midway through the second half, Jim Spanarkel asked rhetorically, “Where’s the defense?”

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In his pre-game comments, while explaining his reasoning for a lineup change, Rick Pitino was quoted as saying, “I feel you have to be accountable.”

I agree, coach.

So, how about you foregoing your absurd salary because you are not performing at a $3.6 million level?

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. Brian
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    My son’s YMCA team scored more points in one quarter than the Cards did in one half! If we go one and done in the tournament again this year some serious talks need to begin.

  2. cbcard
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Embarrassing.

    And if (when?) we go one and done in the NCAA for the third year in a row people will be wanting Pitino pushed out like Denny was. Everyone has his day in the sun. And then the sun sets.

  3. fred
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    During the season, it was reported that The RIck showed Peyton Siva tape of Mo Cheeks. That tells you a lot. First, you don’t show today’s kid tape of a guy who’s 20 years ago for inspiration. Second, he oughta show him Edgar Sosa. Now before you come out of your lounge chair at that one, Peyton needs to watch a guy who would take the dead on three when the defender back pedaled and left him five/six feet of space.(He can also watch Austin Rivers) Peyton used to take that shot when he was a freshman with, I recall, pretty good results. Now he won’t take a shot. I think he had two attempts yesterday. And it’s not just him. I don’t understand the over passing. I don’t understand passing up an open perimeter shot for a contested shot closer in. These guys know how to shoot. Every D1 recruit knows how to shoot or they wouldn’t be a D1 recruit. Something is wrong here. I think they think too much or they just might be over coached.

  4. bob
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I started watching and cheering for Cardinal BB when Corky Cox would open up a side door at the old Armory and let us sneak in.

    Pitino has now taken my feelings for Cardinal BB to where I DO NOT CARE. It is suppose to be fun to watch but it is not.

    I am at the point where I do not belive the Athletic Department, as long as they get their money, gives a merde and nothing will change.

    If they win more games, fine. If they lose all the rest fine. I do not give a merde.

    Pitino has lost this team and I think it is going to difficult to impossible for him to get it back.

    The last four years have been a trend and what does anyone see that is going to change the trend.

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