A 40-point win is always nice but nobody was getting worked up at Freedom Hall with a team that was 0-5 coming into the fray. The margin could easily have been 20 points higher, with Indiana State’s depleted lineup due to academic problems. Some eyebrow raisers as the Cards prepare for a Sunday 4 p.m. date with Ohio University:
— The starting guard situation for U of L remains in flux with freshman Kyle Kuric starting today instead of either Edgar Sosa, Andre McGee or Preston Knowles. Kuric shows great promise but starting over three veterans? With all that experience, both of the guard positions should be set by now.
— Rebounding remains a concern even though the Cards pulled off 45 of them compared to 34 for Indiana State. But Indiana State has been out-rebounded every game. The Sycamores were tied with the Cards with 19 rebounds in the first half even though they were being pummeled on the scoreboard.
— Samardo Samuels managed only three rebounds, his total matched by Terrence Jennings in a reserve role.
— Western Kentucky delivered the blueprint for containing Samuels last week. The big guy, who had been averaging 21 points before the WKU loss, managed 17 points today, nine of them in the second with the Sycamores gasping for their collective breath.
— An uncertain Jarad Swopshire is not into the flow of the college game yet, hesitating, thinking, waiting to get involved. This is not a gentleman’s game; get involved.
While these are admittedly nits for now,Â they could become major concerns.