Down week for Louisville basketball

Good times and bad times seeming to come in bunches for University of Louisville basketball.

The women’s 20-game winning streak is snapped, the men fail to win their fifth straight, and the NCAA appeal looms heavily over the latter’s program.

From the way this week is going for the Cardinals, and based on some questionable information from a crappy source, the immediate outlook for a successful appeal from the NCAA is not good if the decision comes by Friday.

Best news thus far is that Katina Powell, the hooker at the heart of some of the program’s woes, was detained for shoplifting at a local Walmart.  For a toothbrush, no less.

Louisville’s fifth loss in 19th games would be a 78-75 decision in overtime to Miami. A game marred by flashes of freshman guard Lonnie Walker, the performer with a three-inch high bird’s nest on top of his head. Oblivious to the weirdness, having his way with the Cardinals. 

Walker having a coming out party, scoring a game-high 25 points.  Circus shots keeping the Hurricanes close, including one in the final seconds of regulation sending the game into overtime. His teammate, 6-foot-11 Dewan Huell, equally difficult to stop, with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Still waiting for Quentin Snider to hit a winning field goal for Louisville this season. But not a bad night for him, however, scoring 13 of his team-high 18 points in the second half.  Anas Mahmoud with 15 points, four blocks, two assists and steal. Ray Spalding with nine points and 13 rebounds.

A game Louisville deserved to win, with Coach David Padgett getting everything he could from his team. Doubtful his predecessor or many other prime timers could have won with the way things were going on hump day for UofL basketball.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.