Louisville Card File: Kansas City

I’m not sure if this first item for mention is a good omen or not?

I guess it simply is what it is.

Russ Smith scored 8 points against the Kangaroos before any other Cardinal had taken a shot.

I thought of the 1980 semi-final W over Iowa. Grif was doing all the scoring for U of L. I kept thinking that afternoon in Indy, somebody else has to get some points. Somebody else did.

Yesterday it mattered not. KC was a woeful foe. I guess what I’m saying is: Balance is a good thing.

That perspective notwithstanding, Russ Smith played as good an all around game as anybody in a Cardinal uniform has for a good while.

31 points on 12/18 shooting (3/5 on threeballs). 7 rebounds. 5 steals. 5 assists. Only two turnovers.

That, mes freres, is a stat line.

It’s frightening to consider what Louisville would look like at the offensive end, were Russ not around.

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Frankly, not much else stands out from yesterday’s thrashing.

Luke Hancock seemed a might looser. He canned a couple of treys, tallied 15, grabbed 6 boards and handed out 5 assists.

Silent L was steady with 14 and 7. Kevin Ware continues to develop.

The Cards hit 56% from the field, including 8/18 from beyond the arc. They held the Kangaroos to 26% shooting. (Then again, Doc, Dough, Dave, the Film Babe and I probably could give the ‘Roos a good game. And we’re all in our late 60s. Except for the Film Babe. Sorry, darlin’.)

Which begs this question: Are kangaroos indigenous to the Kansas City area? Or have they migrated there because a) they heard the Q was real good, and 2) they heard there are some crazy little women there and they’re gonna get ‘em one?

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I do have this question for The Rick.

How come Wayne Blackshear is getting so little court time? Yesterday he was on the hardwood only 14 minutes, while spending 26 on the pine. That’s less playing time than any of the starters, including Zach Price.

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I forgot to mention that, earlier in the week, I asked Kenny Klein point blank if Angel Nunez was still on the team? He hadn’t been on the bench for weeks. The Rumor Mill had him transferring out.

Klein advised he was indeed still on the team. That his concussion, resulting from a hard knee to his noggin in practice, was so severe he couldn’t come to the Yum! because of the bright and flashing lights.

Sure enough, the sharpshooter was on the bench yesterday in street clothes, looking pleased as punch to be back.

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I also asked Kenny Klein if the school was attempting to reschedule to another date or another tipoff time the January 2 tilt against Providence. The game currently overlaps with kickoff of the Sugar Bowl?

He said the school was indeed trying to move that game, so Card fans won’t be in a bind. No changes yet on that front.

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My biggest surprise of the day was that the football team wasn’t introduced. Yet again.

I can only assume it’s a Charlie Strong decision. That he wants the squad to stay hungry.

That there will be plenty of time for plaudits when they come home with the Sugar Bowl trophy.

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Other than that, not much more to report, hoopswise.

You’ve got a week to light your Hanukkah candles, the holiday having started last night at sundown. And to do your Christmas and Kwanza shopping. Don’t forget the folks who make your life easier. The guys and gals who deliver your newspaper. Your favorite barista who knows exactly how you like your latte. You know the ones I’m talking about.

Next Saturday: Memphis State, who is laying in wait after last year’s drubbing here. There’s only one school we like to beat more than the Tigers. And I know the animosity is mutual.

– Seedy K


  1. Wildcat
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Who would that school be? And is it not the Memphis Tigers now. Not Memphis State?

  2. c d kaplan
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    In the name of Dana Kirk, it is forever and always Memphis State.

    The official school name, I believe is Missouri-Kansas City. But their press releases refer only to Kansas City, so I honor that.

  3. doug
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I remember that F4 game vs. Iowa in old Market Square Arena that Saturday afternoon so long ago. I think Griff went for 34, impossible to guard because of the elevation on his jumpshot. I thought it was his finest performance as a Cardinal.

  4. cbcard
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Griff: The Iowa defensive ace assigned to guard Griff said “I’ve guarded lots of guys who could jump high. But they all came down.”

    Fred Horton: While he was swinging the chair he shouted “Memphis State! We will always be Memphis State!!”

    OK, the second quote is not true but indeed, they will always be Memphis State.

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