U of L CardFile: Georgia Tech

Joining a line of players whom Cardinal fans believe have established their reputation against U of L — Think DePaul’s Dave Corzine, think Cincy’s Roger McClendon, most recently Syracuse’s Chris Bell — Georgia Tech’s Miles Kelly was Dan Patrick en fuego.

With 8:15 left Saturday evening, Kelly who gooseegged in the Ramblin’ Wreck’s 29 point L to Wake on Tuesday, converted a 1+1 to reinstitute GT’s 9 point margin at 60-51.

At that juncture, he had 35. 11/18 from the field. 6/10 from beyond the arc. 7/8 at the line.

I mean it’s not like the guy’s Michael Jordan, or even Kenny Anderson. Somebody get a body on that dude. Anyway . . .

. . . matters did not look good for Louisville against a decidedly mediocre foe. But one who has won in Cameron Indoor. And at Clemson. And against Carolina in Hot Lanta.

And then, and then, and then . . .

. . . (Ellipsis ‘r’ Us) the Cardinals led by rookie Kaleb Glenn took over.


Enforced their will, they did.

Kelly scored but a single point the rest of the way.

Tech only got six from the rest of their crew.

While Louisville blitzkreiged its way for 28 points.

Before the visitors scored a meaningless deuce near the buzzer, the Cards had fashioned a game-defining 21-3 run.

79-67 was the final.

Favor the Good Guys in Cardinal red.

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Glenn, formerly of Male High before moving on to one of those hoops factories, had given indication recently of an emergence.

Saturday was his coming out party.

15 points. 13 rebounds.

The important number was 9. His total on the offensive boards. The majority were follow slams.

The Cards had 20 2d and 3d chance points, to only 7 for Tech. Damon Stoudamire’s team was depleted underneath. U of L took advantage.

The points in the paint disparity was 12, 30-18.

Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, the object of many of Kenny Payne’s sets for the evening, had 12 and 9.

All of Glenn’s contribution came on Hustle Plays.

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Make no mistake, this game was not a thing of beauty.

You won’t be finding it on ESPN Classic.

There were 27 giveaways. 15 by Georgia Tech. 12 by the Cardinals.

Neither team shot it very well. Though Louisville was tres excellente at the free throw line. 31/34. 91%. +17.

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Tre White netted 14.

Skyy Clark and Mike James 11 each.

Ty-Laur Johnson scored 12, but my key takeaway from his night is the ongoing immaturity of his play. 2/11 from the field. Many of which shots were ill advised. His five very careless turnovers more than offset his five assists.

His D, like that of most of his mates frankly, was, well, Not Good.

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The Cards, now 8-16 (3-10), travel to Chestnut Hill to face BC on Mardi Gras night.

— c d kaplan



7 thoughts on “U of L CardFile: Georgia Tech

  1. Cards are fun to watch last few games ! Cats have lost 3 straight at home for first time since 1967 yielding 94-103 & 89 ‼️

  2. if a significant role of coaching is player development, should critics consider how BHH has changed his performance at both ends of the court, Ty-Laur has limited his propensity to foul and controlled his on court emotions, Kaleb as just begun to feel comfortable utilizing his skills and Tre has realized the value of rebounding and begun to play defense. Might we be seeing the value of KP as a coach for this team ?

    1. Not really. BHH has markedly improved over last season, true. Ty-Laur is Russdiculous reincarnated but he has a way to go. Tre’s defense is still suspect but he’s really hustling. All positive, but GT is not even a fairly good team. Is the bar set so low now that we are mollified with a 3-10 ACC record?

      1. I don’t think anyone is saying the current W-L record is an acceptable bar. If there is continuous improvement in player development it will ultimately show up in the W-L record. It takes time. It is showing of late. Our schedule was front loaded with the more difficult matchups. Let’s see where it winds up.

  3. Not a good game for Ty-Laur, but we still look better with him out there. He makes passes no one else can make and it opens the floor for shooters if we can find someone that can shoot consistently. Because of the importance of the first 4 minute segments I do not like him sitting out those. Dare I say it, but the immaturity and explosiveness remind me of a freshman named Russ Smith

  4. As I commented earlier, ” it is more fun being the door than being the door mat”. Well, maybe, just maybe, this team is beginning to feel and understand that. Hope springs eternal.
    All of the above esteemed commentary aside, let’s not forget much looks good in the short term but over time, well, that’s where the rubber hits the road. So, as one of my favorite bands wrote(commentary license taken here),Cards you keep goin’ down the road trying to loosen your load.

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