Hear me now, and believe me if you choose.
It was not going to happen.
The University of Louisville Cardinals were not going to conquer season-long top-rated South Carolina. Too may variables had to fall in place. It was not impossible obviously — that’s why they play the game — but chances were miniscule.
There are 351 schools that competed for the opportunity to advance to the Final Four in Minneapolis.
The four best who are clearly the best made it.
That group included — rightfully and justifiably so — U of L. Simply, for a whole passel of reasons, the Cardinals weren’t a match for the Gamecocks.
They would not have won had they had matched their best playing of the year. It would have taken that, then kicking it up a notch, Then another notch. Then get a lucky bounce, or three.
Instead, let’s be honest here, the Cards weren’t quite up to the moment. They played harried and nervous. They calmed for interludes, but never fully found their mojo. Stage fright seemed ever present.
My hope, and I have to assume every Cardinal fan’s hope, is that the squad returns to Louisville with heads held high. Proud of the showcase excellence of their 29-5 season.
Obviously, as one of the school’s four FF contestants, the ’21-’22 Cards are in the conversation as Best Ever.
Beyond that, one thing seems clear, at least to this acolytic observer.
This is perhaps the most galvanizing U of L basketball team, any gender, in the school’s storied hoops history. Ok, maybe, along with the ’80 champs. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: South Carolina