Big Easy, Big ???: Can U of L Beat UK?

It’s important to understand, despite its nickname, there’s nothing easy at all about New Orleans. America’s most unique city, a place with a sense of community and culture like none other in the world, always has an edge.

Will the levees break again, taking the town down for good? Will the murder rate escalate? What politician is going to get caught with his hand out this week?

But the town perseveres. It is almost incomprehensible that this city is vibrant again after Katrina. This weekend the Final Four. In a month, JazzFest, the greatest music festival in the world. More world class restaurants are open now than before the storm.

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So, it is all too appropriate that it is the site of U of L vs. UK in the national semi-finals for a spot to play for the NCAA title.

Like the Crescent City, nothing comes easy for the Cardinals.

Like the Crescent City, Rick Pitino and his charges have persevered.

So the frothing at the mouth denizens of Kentucky, the basketballingest state in the union, are at whit’s end in anticipation.

One question is on their minds. I cannot count how many fans have asked it of me this week.

Can Louisville beat Kentucky?

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The right and true and only answer is simple. Of course, U of L can beat the Wildcats.

The real query is whether Saturday night will be the one time in 25, 35, 50 that they do?

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I have no intention of breaking this down. It’ been done hundreds of times in the past few days by hoops pundits with far more expertise than me. And, we’ve all read at least half of the breakdowns.

Which generally run along these lines. Kentucky’s better at every position through six, with the exception of PG, which is probably a wash. Pitino might have a slight coaching edge on Calipari, but the UK mentor is not a slouch. Plus, he’s hungrier.

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So, what is it you want to hear from me, Cardinal fans?

The formula for some magic potion you’ve not seen before?

How a combo of Anthony Davis getting in foul trouble, Kyle Kuric going off like he’s playing Syracuse in the Freedom Hall finale, Jared Swopshire blocking three key Terrence Jones shots late and Chris Smith hitting a trey at the buzzer to steal the moment.

I haven’t a clue.

In my saner moments, I remember that all this over the top hubbub means my team, to which last rites had been give a month ago, is playing on the season’s final weekend for a shot to play for the trophy. I remember that this scenario is reward unto itself.

Like most, I believe it’s not so simple for the Big Blue Nation. A loss Saturday would be Christian Laettner times 20. Squared.

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I pray for a Cardinal W.

I simply can’t fathom how it might happen.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. Phil
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I will tell you one thing: we will not be beaten by one player. Unless that one player is named Dave Corzine.

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