Inevitable letdown after losing to a top five team.
That and a lack of respect from a University of Louisville basketball team for a mediocre-but-fired-up Villanova. Did their fans really rush the court after the game?
Rick Pitino, disposing of his tie the second half against Syracuse, staying all buttoned up in his double breasted suit all game long. What’s up with that, coach? Seriously.
UofL’s two minute offense these days, especially when trailing, will consist of Peyton Siva dribbling down the lane, throwing a pass between defenders to either Chane Behanan or Gorgui Dieng, usually too far under the basket. The recipient will bobble the ball, attempt to get into position, and get the ball swatted away. Like clockwork the past two games.
Siva will turn in a double-double, with 15 assists — good for a blowout on a normal night — and score 15 points. Problem was he wasn’t getting any assists from his mates.
Russ Smith, if he’s not hitting his shots, will lose confidence, slow down on defense, start missing at the free throw line, and not be much of a factor. Evidently Villanova didn’t excite him much.
Wayne Blackshear, hitting five of eight three-point shots, but languishing when the game is on the line. His 17 points keeping Louisville close. Still not perceived as a closer, however, and he’s not getting any special plays designed for him, at least not yet. Not until it becomes painfully obvious that the offense is much too predictable.
Gorgui Dieng, looking lost in the first half, lacking energy and strength. Still deflecting one shot after another but receiving credit for only two blocks.
Chane Behanan, with only two shots, hitting one of them. Five rebounds, but otherwise missing in action.
Villanova? You don’t say.