It is mid February. There are but a handful of conference games left before league tourneys, then the Big Dance.
It is time when legit contenders start to show their steel, when those with true mettle reveal themselves.
Like, for instance, Kansas, which put its grapefruits on display last evening, with an amazing last minutes comeback against West Virginia.
So too, arguably, the Louisville Cardinals, who overcame some serious gaffes, who overcame some most often fatal lapses of fortitude, to survive, summoning a huge league W on the road against Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange.
The Cards prevailed despite the disqualification of their best baller Donovan Mitchell, with the game still in the balance.
The Cards prevailed despite woeful 16/30 inaccuracy at the free throw line.
The Cards prevailed despite committing more turnovers (15) than assists harvested (13).
The Cards prevailed despite blowing a 14 point lead (28-14) in the first half, giving up a 1-11 run before intermission.
The Cards prevailed despite blowing a 7 point lead (55-48) with 2:02 to play in regulation.
The Cards prevailed despite falling behind twice early in OT, then forging ahead by 7 (73-66) with :34 to play in extra time, then giving away all but two points of that advantage with an Orange player at the line for two shots with :02.7 on the clock.
The Cards prevailed despite an absolutely ridiculous foul by the team’s most mature player on a ‘Cuse trey attempt with :13.4 to go in OT.
The Cards prevailed despite what could have been a fatal turnover by its normally rock steady PG with a few ticks more than a minute to go in regulation.
The Cards prevailed despite some gagging late at the FT line, and despite some seriously misguided shot attempts at crunch time.
The Cards prevailed despite the Syracuse zone which pushed U of L’s offense toward mid court the whole evening, and prevented passes to any Cardinals who might be cutting to the hoop when there was penetration.
The Cards prevailed despite the no quit effort by a Syracuse team that really really really needed the W to hope to be handed a Dance card.
The Cards prevailed.
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