U of L’s first four possessions were a Trey Lewis three and a Damion Lee triple, bookended by a couple of Chinanu Onuaku jump hooks.
Even Rick Pitino, who, after all is responsible for the scheduling of such scrimmages as this, admitted afterward that the game wasn’t of consequence. Indicating there’s not much that can be learned from such affairs.
At some point, when the Cards were up 20+ with plenty of opening half left, I jotted in my notes, “Worst Opponent Ever?” But, despite the Owls’ Ken Pomeroy rating of 331 out of 351 DI schools, there have been cupcakes even sweeter. Just a season ago, U of L throttled Savannah State (#337), 87-26.
The mind numbs.
So, the question is: Why do so many of these schools keep popping up on the schedule each season?
And, yes, I acknowledge that I keep promising to stop ragging on the schedule, but can’t help myself. It is, sadly, as big a storyline of this early season, as the burgeoning potential of this team.
At least Western Kentucky will bring some fans and fire, for an old rivalry tilt Saturday noon. Then a couple more plugs come in back to back for paychecks before Louisville heads up the road to take on UK.
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One of the problems with playing such lesser lights is that bad habits develop.
U of L led 41-19 at intermission. The Cards, pressing full court every possession, had forced but four turnovers, while committing six themselves. And had but a single steal, while KSU pilfered the ball five times. The visitors, vanquished as they were, won both of those statistical battles for the night. Eleven turnovers against 12 for U of L. Eight steals vs. six.
I keep thinking back to one of Denny Crum’s favorite homilies. You have to have a healthy respect for your opponent.
With teams like Kennesaw State, it isn’t necessary for victory. Thus bad habits ensue.
Louisville didn’t really need to work its offense, so bad was the Owls’ D. Thus, only 17 assists on 40 made FG.
Onuaku was 8/10 from the floor. All in the paint. Mangok Mathiang was 4/5 from the floor.1 All in the paint. Matz Stockman was 4/5 from the floor. All in the paint.
You think, against the ACC teams, those guys are going to be able to post up so readily, get the entry pass so easily, tom-tom two, three, four uncontested dribbles, edging closer the the hoop unimpeded, then turning for an point blank opposition-less score?
Put your hands down, class, that was a rhetorical question.
Louisville hit 80% at the line, but it was just 4/5. The visitors, employing matador D, only fouled 9 times.
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Donovan Mitchell can dunk. Duh-oh. I think we knew that already.
Quentin Snider can dish. Yeah, we knew that too.
Enough. The game isn’t worth any more verbiage.
— Seedy K