Louisville Card File: Manhattan

If Kevin Ware is to become a key cog for a legit national contender — and that is what Cardinal fans are hoping — the moment he kickstarted that drive came with 12:56 to play in Sunday’s opener against the Jaspers.

Until that moment, Ware was zeros across the stat sheet. (Though he did draw a nice charge on a breakaway at the 9:28 mark of the first half.)

Ware stole the ball at midcourt, drove to the hoop for a layup. +1.

He was pumped. He was energized. He finished with 10 points on 4/4 shooting including a trey. He was glue for the most part on defense.

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Now it’s up to The Rick to give Wayne Blackshear enough minutes so he can have his catalytic conversion.

Sixteen minutes isn’t enough. He needs more to allow him to play his way into the flow.

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School remains out on heralded Luke Hancock.

It seems so far that he will be an adjunct rather than a centerpiece if this club is truly championship quality. He’s a step slower than everyone else who plays, including Stephan Van T. I know he sat out a season, but he seems somewhat befuddled by the fast pace of the game.

One has to trust The Rick’s faith in the kid. But I remain from Missouri until he proves his mettle.

Then again, if Blackshear deserves PT to ease into the flow, so does Luke. I’m just thinking of talent and potential upside.

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Louisville was outrebounded by 4.

Gorgui grabbed only three during his foul-limited minutes.

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Chane Behanan, out of the Pitino’s dog house, went for 8 points, 9 boards.

But my favorite moment of his over the weekend, was seeing him sitting next to Silent L at the women’s game Friday night. As many fans have been, I was concerned that some tension might develop between these rivals for PT at the PF spot.

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15/20 at the line. 75%. It’s a good thing.

8/30 from beyond the arc. Better than the Bellarmine game, but still not title quality.

– Seedy K

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