Two Villanova free throws bouncing off the rim with four seconds to go. Three shots at point-blank range failing to fall at the horn? Scottie Reynolds with only 11 points? It has been a number of years but maybe, just maybe, the law of averages is swinging back in the direction of University of Louisville basketball.
Welcome back, Lady Luck. UofL had forgotten what you looked like. Great to see you again. A little good fortune, combined with relentless defense and decent shooting, will take you a long way. Actually, the shooting, 24 of 62 attempts, not that decent but Villanova was held to 20 of 53.
— Terrence Williams, with a fortunate bounce, making what would be the winning basket, but forgetting the advice of Rick Pitino seconds before about not getting beat long on the out-of-bounds play, setting Villanova up for what would ordinarily have been the killer.
— Jared Swopshire displaying his basketball I.Q. with the hard foul on Antonio Pena with five second remaining, sending a poor free throw shooter to the line. It will be a tough week for Mr. Pena.
— Earl Clark indispensable. Needs to stay focused, however, especially in the final minute when errors are unforgivable or unforgettable.
— Samardo Samuels not getting pushed around as much today. Knows what to do when he gets open, hitting six of eight attempts, winding up with 15 points. His getting open is the challenge, and he’s getting it, just not as fast as some would hope.
— Terrance Jennings may not know the plays but he has the natural abilities. He’s not about to get pushed around. He will keep getting better.
— Edgar Sosa fine mostly, but the Hail Mary passing with the game on the line is somewhat puzzling. The encouraging thing is that he is not hanging his head for three consecutive games.
Better lucky than good? Better to be good: The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
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Pitino Speak? — Fans never know when Rick Pitino says something whether he means it or not. Caught up in the emotion or thinking out loud? â€œIâ€™ve looked forward to this year more than any other,â€ Pitino said after the game. â€œYouâ€™ll never see 12, 13 teams as tough as this. Itâ€™s special, Iâ€™ll tell you that. Iâ€™m getting the hell out of here after this year, Iâ€™m telling you that.â€Â Those words will be disected for weeks and months on end.