Louisville Card File: Missouri (Bonus Music Video Included)

First, the gloom-inducing set up for my favorite sequence of the season.

Louisville’s 10-4 run gave them a solid 39-31 halftime advantage. But the Tigers ran off four to start the second half, two FTs after a Blackshear foul, and a put back by Alex “Didn’t He Used To Play For UConn?” Oriakhi.

Then Peyton Siva committed one of those idiotic reach in fouls. His 3d. Hancock replaced Siva after a few moments. Seconds later, at the 17:51 mark, Gorgui Dieng committed a foul. His 3d. He was replaced by SVT. The score was 42-35.

The Cardinals’ two “indispensible” ballers were on the bench with a looooooooong time to play.

Now that sequence I was referring to in the lede.

Russ drained a three, on an assist by Luke. 45-35.

Van Treese stole a long downcourt pass at the back of the press. Behanan tallied a put back. 47-35.

Luke then canned a 3, on an assist by Russ. 50-35.

Which exclamation point came with 17:19 to play.

Bottom line: In only :32 of clock, with its two “best” players on the bench, U of L increased its lead by 8.

Juxtaposing that reaction of the Cards to their effort the night before after garnering an 18 point second half lead, I will say this: What a difference a day makes.

Cue Ms. Dinah.

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Okay, now I get it. It looks like we won’t have Luke Hancock to pick on anymore. It’s a good thing.

Here’s his line from last night. 19 points on 6/9 shooting. He went 5/7 from beyond the arc. Two assists. No turnovers. Solid, and steady all the way.

Credit where it’s due. The Rick said he simply needed to get out of Dodge to calm down and get his groove back. Check.

My buddy Doc said he’d get it going when he played against more athletic guys who wouldn’t adjust to his more mannered playing style. Check.

Color announcer Donyell Marshall, who it turns out is a reasonably astute announcer, actually uttered these words after one of Luke Hancock’s threes, “One of the best shooters in college basketball.”

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Russ Smith’s You Can’t Live With Him You Can’t Live Without Him sequence:

Four and a half minutes into the game, he fearlessly flopped, taking a charge on Mizzou’s Phil Pressey. Seconds later, he steals the ball, cans a layup. +1. Seconds later, he agains steals the ball, doesn’t dish it on a 3 on 1 break, misses the layup. Seconds later cans another layup. +1.

I’m tellin’ ya, that guy’s gonna be the death of us.

He finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 assists. He also can claim personal responsibility for most of Pressey’s 8 turnovers.

For some reason, I awoke this morning with a vision from the basketball luncheon when Russ’s recruiting class was introduced. It was Smith and, well, I don’t remember the others, all of whom may have been walk ons. It was a depressing sight.

Let’s just say I think of it more fondly now.

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I love when the Cardinals can steal clock.

Like at the end of the first half when Russ Smith committed his second foul and joined Gorgui and Peyton on the bench. He was replaced by Tim Henderson. (Actually TH was one of those non-scholly guys standing with Russ on the dais that day.)

During that final minute of the half, Henderson tom tommed the ball out front. Van Treese missed a jumper, but the Cards grabbed the board, keeping possession. Then Henderson drove the lane with seconds to play, feeding Behanan for a deuce and a 39-31 lead at the break.

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U of L forced 23 turnovers.

The Cards shot 65% after half, including 5/8 long balls.

Louisville had five double figure scorers. Blackshear, Behanan and Siva joined Hancock and Russ.

After the Tigers crept within four way early in the second stanza, they never got closer than seven.

It was an evisceration.

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Russ Smith and Peyton Siva mussed The Rick’s hair during the coach’s post game chat with endline reporter Carolyn Manno. You gotta love it.

Speaking of Ms. Manno. Not only is she requisitely blonde and hot, she asks really good, specific questions, not the usual pap.

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What a Difference a Day Makes, Part Deux.

Tonight the Cards play Duke in the most anticipated non-UK early season encounter in decades. Playing the Blue Devils is always a special occasion.

Thank heavens, there’s some football to keep our minds distracted until the late tip.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. cbcard
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Dinah was once married to one of your Detroit homies, Dick “Night Train” Lane of the Lions. But then again she was married so many times the odds were slanted that way.

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