Tag Archives: College Hoops

Louisville CardFile: Bryant

My take on U of L’s 102-59 scrimmage walkover of Bryant is being posted later than usual, is shorter than usual, and, given all the circumstances, less incisive than usual.

(Yeah, yeah, yeah, hold your guffaws on that last revelation.)

There’s a legitimate reason.

I was not in attendance last evening. A good pal hosts an annual holiday dinner for a bunch of his buddies. And, after due consideration of the bad karma that might be invoked if I passed on the Cards home game, I went for the bon homie and taped the game.

Other factors included in my decision were that Bryant, a school and squad I frankly had never heard of, is a horrid team, now 1-10; and that, thanks to my pal’s generous hospitality,  the holiday dinner was at le MOO.

Dry-aged bone in highest quality prime red meat, or a sure Cardinal rout?

I went with the former, and watched a tape of the game the morning after. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Bryant

Louisville CardFile: Indiana

An aspect worth remembering of the Cardinals’ performance in the first inter-squad scrimmage back in October was the evolved play of Ryan McMahon.

Before he was felled with fractured ribs that kept him out of action until Saturday afternoon, the sharpshooting Floridian displayed his intent to be more than just a Dickie V-approved long range marksman.

He hunkered down on defense, exhibiting more passion and, just as important, better footwork and shading technique. Because of the split squads, he was called upon to run the point. Which he did deftly and with maturity. He got the ball to the guys with open shots. His passing was crisp.

To the betterment of the improving Cardinals, all that came with him against the Hoosiers upon his return to the hardwood. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Indiana

U of L CardFile: Siena

If this edition of the Louisville Cardinals is to have any significant success this season, it should have learned the modus operandi that will get it there last night.

It won’t be through fancy maneuvering. NBA rookie phenom Donovan Mitchell shan’t be taking the court, and it’s apparent nobody on this squad, for all the talent there is, has DM’s panache. It won’t be through banging the boards, for these guys, notwithstanding all their length, are lithe up front.

It won’t be through long ball marksmanship. OK, that’s not really true, maybe it will. This team has some shooters. And they’re guys who aren’t afraid to fire it. So, yeah, there shall be games when treys will reign.

But that’s not the key factor here.

What is is H.U.S.T.L.E.. Continue reading U of L CardFile: Siena

Louisville CardFile: Seton Hall

In a second biting, coulda-woulda-shoulda defeat in a row, this time a waning seconds 77-79 frustration to Kevin Willard’s Pirates, there were moments of recognition, instances that may prove defining if this ’17-’18 edition of the Louisville Cardinals reaches some semblance of its reasonable potential.

Besides the several on the court twinklings when lights started to flicker, the most significant was on display in the aftermath.

David Padgett was pissed.

After taking the rostrum at his post game presser, he took a long swig from a bottle of water. As much to calm himself as to hydrate.

His comments were curt, if not as defiant and dismissive as those of his predecessor after similar losses. Padgett’s responses were quick, short and followed by a stare into the middle distance as if his mind was already contemplating solutions to the issues presented.

Snippets of his responses are telling. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Seton Hall

Louisville CardFile: Purdue

Sometimes, often perhaps, my eyes are deceived.

Here’s what I intended to use for my opening:

“Where have you gone Matz Stockman, the Cardinal Nation turns its lonely eyes to you? Oh yeah, The Rick, unable to go Professor Henry Higgins on you, turning you into his next Nazr Mohammed, sent you packing off to play for his son. Well, Matz, had you not shipped away, you might have turned the tide last night against the big Boilermakers.”

Then I awoke this morning after, and went to the tape. Figuratively, not literally. That game, even had the outcome been different was U.G.L.Y., a home movie of the world’s homeliest canine frolicking in the yard that only a parent would love.

What I did was study the stat sheet. Then compare it to the box score from last year’s encounter, a 7 point Cardinal win.

Matz’s presence would have had peripheral effect if any.

Because as much as it seemed like Isaac Haas was dominating the game from inside, the numbers say otherwise. Surely his presence was a factor, especially after the horrid interlude, the results of which caused Ray Spalding and Anas Mahmoud to sit with four fouls each. But Haas wasn’t the difference in the game. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Purdue

Louisville CardFile: St. Francis

When with 4:51 to play Andre Wolford rose beyond the arc for yet another trey attempt, U of L was holding on to the most beleaguered of ten point advantages.

The visitors were a hellhound on the Cardinals trail, and the prospect of escaping the Yum! with the most improbable of upsets was very real. You could say the potential of heading to East Lafayette for Tuesday’s showdown with Purdue off a loss was flashing before the Cards’ eyes.

At that point the Red Flash had been raining — more accurately reigning — threeballs on the Cards. They’d netted three of their last four, ten of 19 (53%) overall.

Fortunately the shot misfired, as did Keith Braxton’s next one.

Meanwhile Deng Adel, whose outside shooting has been woeful (3/15 including last night’s 2/6), drained a long ball with 1:58 for a game-securing 13 point advantage. Jordan Nwora, like he was working with Snoop as one of Marlo Stanfield’s lieutenants, power-nailed the door shut with another for a sixteen point lead with less than a minute to play.

Louisville escaped by a dozen, 84-72.

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It’s not like the Cardinals played a horrible game, though once again they were severely tested by a lesser foe competing without its best baller. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: St. Francis

Louisville CardFile: Southern Illinois

Even though Eric McGill, frustrated and argumentative as his team was being run out of the gym was assessed a T, I’m sure he and his Southern Illinois teammates are nice kids, whose parents and coaches love them.

In view of the reality that the coalescing Cardinals doubled them up 84-42, and in memory of an old compadré Brad Evans, I can’t help myself and feel compelled to utter:

“The Salukis are dogs.”

At least U of L sure made ’em play like that in easily the Cards signature performance of the young campaign. (More later about Evans and why I think of him and his iconic bellowing and U of L’s foe in tandem.)

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But first let’s chat about the second half, and more specifically the contributions of those Cardinal newcomers, shall we?

Up 11 at the break, the Cards outscored the visitors from Carbondale 55-24 in the 2d. Thanks to 59% shooting, aided by 13 assists on 20 made buckets against only 4 turnovers. While holding the Salukis to 30% accuracy after intermission, and 27% for the whole affair.

But how about what those new kids, the ones whose names we’re still learning, did in the second stanza? Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Southern Illinois

Louisville CardFile: Omaha

So wonderstruck was I with the defense perpetrated by the U of L women’s team in their smashing beatdown of Michigan, I have been extolling the team’s virtues to any and all I’ve encountered who might care a whit about college basketball.

A couple of fans who have been following the distaff Cardinals through the years more intensely than I have admonished me to curb my enthusiasm somewhat. “It’s still early,” they caution, “let’s see what happens against Oregon and later in the year when Duke and Notre Dame come to town.”

Suggestion taken to heart.

With that in mind, I have taken to warn myself not to run and pull every alarm I see, not to call the Haz Mat squad, after watching the most disappointing performance by the U of L men in memory.

The descriptor starting with a “d” that’s probably more apt is “disgusting.”

From the Summit League, far from one that immediately comes to mind when considering college hoops, the conference bottom-dwelling Mavericks were 0-3 coming into the Yum!. They’d lost by 9, by 19 and by 32. For an average margin of defeat of 20 ppg. They had given up 89,108 and 103. That’s 100 ppg.

They were averaging 19.3 turnovers, ranking them 330th in the country.

Which, though they played last night like Peyton Manning was audibling their name toward victory, is to provide empirical statistical data that Omaha is, let us be kind how we say it, not a very good basketball team.

Neither are the University of Louisville Cardinals. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Omaha

Distaff CardFile: U of L Bashes Michigan

I am not an expert on women’s hoops.

Which doesn’t mean I’m shy about weighing in on Louisville’s dominating takedown of Michigan in the WNIT semi-finals.

74-49 was the final.

It wasn’t that close.

Even though the Cards were down 32-37 at halftime.

Then the Cards went all Charles Dickens on their prey. You know, a tale of two halves, the worst of times, the best of times.

Continue reading Distaff CardFile: U of L Bashes Michigan

Thursday’s U of L Cardinal Conversation

There’s a singular question/ complaint I’ve heard way more than any other this week.

And I suppose, bless her heart, it’s all Asia Durr’s fault. Interest in the women’s team has rocketed skyward, after her school record scoring blast last Sunday.

“How come there’s no story in The Courier-Journal about the U of L women’s game?” (I’m hangin’ on the “The” and hyphen, though I don’t know why.)

“The paper didn’t even run the box score of Louisville’s win at Ohio State.”

Etc, etc, etc.

While the once great newspaper has some reporters that are good, are professional and care about getting the stories and reporting them, both in the sports department and on the news side, the C J sucks.

It is full of typos. What news there is, for the most part, is sparse. It is as if Gannett doesn’t want you to buy and read the paper edition. I haven’t subscribed for years. It is seriously sad.

It’s become bird cage liner.

The paper covers the men and football and UK pretty well, Louisville FC, but that’s about it for sports. The web site administrators seem hell bent on cornering the market on pop up ads.

As for women’s sports, others too, if you’re a Cardinal fan, head to gocards.com, the school’s site. There will always be some stories, and the box scores. And, I’ll always be around here at seedyksports.com for pithy commentary, and at Mike Rutherford’s cardchronicle.com, which covers the U of L scene with a gangsta lean.

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Interesting doings down Arkansas way that could possibly affect U of L. Continue reading Thursday’s U of L Cardinal Conversation