Unfortunately, because of a moving screen, the tally was disallowed.
The Cards were forced to trot to the locker room with only a 20 point halftime lead.
Let that sink in. U of L was so dominant a 20 point advantage at the break might be considered a disappointment.
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That attempt at irony notwithstanding, you shall hear not a discouraging word from me today.
Louisville fans can’t ask for much more than the Cardinals gave ‘em last night.
(Other than assurances, that is, that Charlie Strong, angry as he might be at the media, will spurn Rocky Top and stay in DerbyPlace USA.)
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Here are a few of my favorite things.
With a bit less than 9:00 to play in the game, Russ Smith passed the ball on two consecutive breakouts. The first ended with two Chane Behanan FTs. Smith didn’t get an assist, but deserves one. On the next possession, also a breakaway, he passed to Luke Hancock for a deuce, for which Russ did get the assist.
A bit later, Kevin Ware scored three straight Cardinal hoops. The first on a jumper just inside the arc. The second was good for three. The third a driving layup. Seven points in two minutes.
Ware continued to play monster defense. At one point during the first half, I swear the Cardinals were playing a zone and chaser. Ware would simply track the ball to whichever Charleston baller had it. For several possessions. Don’t know that I’ve ever seen a defensive set like that. Before our very eyes, KW is turning into a dominating defensive presence.
Chane Behanan had a beauteous one hand slam in the 2d half on an alley oop from Luke Hancock. He had another slam follow after an offensive board on a missed trey attempt.
Zach Price showed a nifty touch on consecutive jump hooks during garbage time. The kid continues to hustle his butt off.
Stephan Van Treese grabbed ten rebounds, six offensive.
Have I mentioned how stifling Louisville’s defense was? So I have. Here’s more. On at least two possessions, possibly three, the Cougars had to burn a timeout to save the possession. C of C was forced into 27 turnovers, 16 in the first half. The Cards scored 30 points off those C of C errors.
The only “run” Charleston made came at the beginning of the second half when they tallied the first 5 points. That thrust was stopped by a midrange Wayne Blackshear jumper, off the dribble. The kid from Chitown is starting to blossom. He led the team with 18 points in 21 minutes of action. He had 4 boards, 2 assists and 3 steals. 0 turnovers. He went 5/6 at the charity line.
Oh yes, those two fellows that play backcourt showed up also. Peyton Siva scored 12 points with three assists and 5 steals. Runnin’ partner Russ Smith netted 13 points with four assists and four steals. He went 7/8 at the line.
Louisville was 18/20 at the line. Chane made all three of his attempts.
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My most favorite thing.
The Cards outscored the home team by 20 in the first half.
The Cards outscored the home team by 22 in the second half.
Other than the first 90-120 seconds after the break, Louisville kept the accelerator to the floorboard. The Rick likes teams that keep the pedal to the metal, go for the kill, _________ (Choose your own aphorism.). Last night, U of L was all that, cranked to 11.
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The game was on ESPN3 — or WatchESPN or whatever they call it — except that it was blacked out in Louisville. Which makes sense, I suppose. I tried to turn it on at the start because the Georgia vs. Tech game that preceded it on the U, ran over. You’d think they’d let it play on your computer, at least until it was available on TV. Not so.
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Angel Nunez’s “concussion” is obviously still keeping him not only out of action, but also off the bench. Guess it’s one of those contagious concussions and The Rick doesn’t want the other players to catch the disease.
– Seedy K