Unlike their encounter last season in Storrs, when the Louisville Cardinals fell behind the Huskies 19 zed, Jeff Walz’s team was up to the task last night in front of a huge, raucous crowd at the Yum!. The battle was knotted 21 all after the 1st, during which U of L ace Asia Durr had clanked her four FG attempts, netting none.
Crystal Dangerfield’s trey hoisted the rarely denied Huskies into a single digit advantage early in the 2d.
At which juncture, it must be assumed Ms. Durr decided “enough is enough.”
Fourteen seconds later, smothered by two taller defenders beyond the arc at the left FT line extended, Durr somehow launched a bomb that bullseyed. 26-24.
A half minute later to the nanosecond, she drained another three. 29-24.
A minute later, it was again string music Louisville, Kentucky. 32-24.
The interlude was redolent of Tonight’s the Night for the Cardinals.
And so it came to pass. Increasing its margin in the 2d, then the 3d and in the 4th, the University of Louisville and Jeff Walz are no longer ofer UConn.
78-69. Continue reading Reflections of a Gem: Cards conquer UConn
From the get go, let’s make a couple of things clear on this Tuesday morning, always the most bittersweet one of the year.
Today’s story is not whether John Calipari shall, as former Wildcat star Rex Chapman says, leave the real and true, forever and always la la land — the Big Blue Nation — and hobble off with a bad hip to LA LA to coach Kobe and whoever those other guys are that wear Lakers unis these days?
The story is not how many of the current Cats shall be one and done, if not “Succeed & Proceed,” and jump into the NBA draft?
The story is not whether today is the last we’ll hear the name of Tyler Austin Black, or how long it will take for him to be just another vaguely remembered anecdote to Wildcat lore like Humsey Yessin?
No, my fellow hoopaholics, this morning’s story is the University of Connecticut Huskies. Continue reading UConn Huskies Mush to Title over Kentucky
Admission to The Dance is based on the “whole season’s body of work,” proclaims the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, a collection of deciders as haughty as any extant, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
If that be the case, we have more convincing evidence now to underscore that “Past performance is not indicative of future results.”
A strange year in college basketball has come to this.
Kentucky, an 8 seed, vs. Connecticut, a 7 seed, for the national championship.
Even Nostradamus didn’t see this one coming.
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