Louisville Card File: Championship Edition, Part I

This will be the first of, I expect, several communiques about the championship game. But far from the most in depth.

I was not out among the tear gassed and paint balled celebrants last night, though, on the way home from the HummelDome where I watched the game, I did dodge more than a few somewhat out of control vehicles, whose drivers, obviously under the influence were talking and texting and making left turns simultaneously.

I was up until 1:30, watching recaps and generally decompressing before I could sleep.

I was up at 5:00 am to pen a championship story which will appear online and in the print edition of LEO tomorrow (Wednesday). There will be links. Stay tuned.

I have not had a chance yet to watch the game again.

Thus, these are a few scattered thoughts with more to come.

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During Spike Albrecht’s breakout in the first half, I jotted this note: Pittsnogle.

Kevin Pittsnogle, I’m sure you recall, was Jim Beilein’s three baller at West Virginia. He went off against Louisville in the first half of the regional final in ’05. The Cards overcame a serious deficit to win that game. Pittsnogle cooled considerably when it mattered.

Albrecht was en fuego last night. His team had a 12 point lead, generated after the sub who came in for Trey Burke, who had committed two fouls. Spike hit about 29 threes.

Actually he had 17 at the break for the final media timeout of the opening half. Pittsnogle.

He didn’t score another point. Pittsnoglish.

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Before the game I had a bit of give and take with an old boss of mine, Bergie, who has resided in Ann Arbor for decades.

Bergie’s an astute observer of the hoops scene. In Louisville several months back, he correctly projected a Louisville vs. Michigan title game. So, yesterday, I gave him his props in a group email to him and a bunch of the old gang.

His response: “I think Michigan wins thanks to superior coaching, even though U of L appears to be more talented.”

When I pointed out how Beilein had been seriously bested on the bench during that Pittsnogle game, Bergie opined, “That was 8 years ago.He has matured & learned in the intervening years. I was scared of the VCU havoc defense, 40 min.of all out full court pressure, & Mich. had no probs w/it. I think Pitino uses the same sort of defense & the game may be decided on the basis of how Beilein deals w/it.”

So, Bergie, how’d that coaching matchup work for your Wolverines?

Two things: 1) I know VCU’s defense. And it is no Louisville defense. 2) Beilein did not deal with it very well at all. His more talented team was outplayed.

And he was outcoached.

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It is often said, usually of warring factions with high emotional hatred, that one side or the other — depending on the talker’s prejudice — rarely misses a chance to do the wrong thing.

That can be said, yet again for about the gazillionth time, of the NCAA.

U of L’s players hoped to fly to New Orleans to root on the women, who play UConn tonight for the women’s crown.

But noooooooooooooooooo, nixed Mark Emmert. Impermissible benefit, or something like that.

What a crock of shit. What a missed opportunity for some really neat pub for the rising women’s game.

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I’m still too sleep deprived to fully analyze the stats from last night’s game. Not that they mean a damn thing, frankly.

But here’s the first one that jumps off the page.

Second half rebounding totals. Chane Behanan, 11. Michigan, 10.

I remember it happening only once before. When Wes Unseld, saddled with three fouls at the half, outrebounded the entire Jim Ard/ Rick Roberson Cincy Bearcats after the break.

As Doug Gottleib so eloquently put it, “U of L beasted Michigan.” And Chane was the baddest beast on the backboard.

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Before the game I became worried for the first time when Digger picked the Cards to win.

But felt better when I saw the officiating crew, all of whom had called Big East games.

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I’m just not sure I understand the enmity today against Charles Barkley? Or the rest of his gang? Hey, they tell it the way they see it. Not everybody is as enamored with U of L as most who read this blog.

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After reading a column on this morning’s Ann Arbor sports page, which called the Cardinals more talented, but Michigan the better story, I felt compelled to write the fellow.

Without being dismissive, I know his pain all too well, I did correct him. This guy’s opinion: The Wolverines are more talented. The Cards, the better team. And the Cards, the far better story.

That Fab Five bunk is nothing compared to the tales of Peyton’s youth, Luke’s present and the whole Ware thing.

Mo’ later.

By the by, if you find any typos, misspellings or errors above, feel free to write me with corrections. Like I said, I need some sleep.

– Seedy K


  1. Pete Schuler
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    The loose cannon, Charles Barkley, needs to go the way of Jimmy the Greek after his offensive racial remarks about Spike Albrecht and Luke Hancock. Barkley’s egotistical attitude got more obnoxious with every game.

  2. bob DeSpain
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I will help you with your answers to your friend Bernie, “Louisville won, Michigan lost”.

    Why is it that a lot of people sounds like a UK ( or West Virginia) fan when they lose.

    It is really easy to know who won or who lost, just look at the score board when the time clock is: 0:00

  3. Wildcat
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Kellog is worse than Vitale and that’s saying something. The loudmouth got on my very last nerve. If that is the best CBS can do, they need to give it up.

  4. gnash001
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    At least we didn’t have to listen to Billy Packer!

    Was it just me, or did those double screens the Cards set for LH near the top of the circle look a lot like what WVa did with Pittsnogle in the 2005 regional final?

  5. fred
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Doug Gottlieb? The same Doug Gottlieb who, as my daughter told me who listened to his radio show, said Louisville had “no shot” against Michigan, then said practically the opposite on tv pre-game? I think these guys just talk and forget what they said once it clears their lips. And Steve Kerr: if you’re going to referee the game from the booth, referee the whole game.

  6. fred
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Chane Behanan was channeling Rodney McCray.

  7. fred
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    “I think Michigan wins thanks to superior coaching, even though U of L appears to be more talented.” Your pal obviously has no clue… but that’s OK.

  8. cbcard
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Just read that Michigan has three players projected as first round picks. We have perhaps one. We are the more talented team? If that guy was a little smarter he would be almost as dumb as Skip Bayless.

    Heard him today driving home (Steven A. politely called him an idiot).
    Skip: Why did Michigan keep Burke on the bench the first half?
    Steven A.: Uh Skip he had two fouls and Spike was going crazy. They both are 1′s so you can’t play them at the same time.
    And then Skip goes on about Pitino’s player choice obviously not realizing Luke has not played point guard.

    So many of these guys study little and talk a lot. Idiots who get paid for being idiots.

  9. Dough
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Let us not forget the real Seattle “Starbucks”,
    Peyton Siva, who was a star of the Hurculean variety in the second half. He carried the Cards on his shoulders with his will to win.

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