No mas, por favor!
Cast the nightmare spell, the disaster scenario on another top seed another year, the nightmare with the 64th seed toppling the No. 1 seed. Visions of the ice gathering, the ship sinking, bubbling, never to resurface.
Those big second halves aren’t automatic and the supply could be limited.
Come out pumped, ready to play, the first 20 minutes. Louisville was, but the adrenaline was pumping overtime for Morehead, providing ample evidence:
Every opponent will be super charged, over motivated, driven and desperate to take you down.
Not necessary, not appropriate, this stuff reported by CBS Sports:
Terrence Williams had extended his long, tattoo-covered arms and boogied at midcourt when the Morehead State pep band played “We Got The Funk” during pregame warmups, an indication that the tournament’s top team — one with two titles already on its resume — was in the mood for some celebrating.
There’s loose and there’s being silly.
The No. 1 ranking, the No. 1 seed. Forget ’em. Bathed in the accolades for four days, almost four days too many. More of a detriment than a weapon in the NCAA Tournament.
- Andre McGee all over the court, here, there, back, forth, in, out, relentless on defense, setting the example, defining leadership. No time for laurels, got to bust one’s butt, or get out of the way.
- Samardo Samuels never celebrates, no joking around with him. The closest he comes to smiling is a rim-rattling dunk, his body language all business, with his nine points largely responsible for Louisville’s two-point lead at the half. Some day going to be great one because he is so focused.
- Terrence Williams due to come out of his shooting slump, adjust to whatever the opposition is throwing at him these days. A Louisville win without a T-Will dunk or two or three leaves fans with a half-full sensation, just not quite as satisfying. Get serious, T-Will, this is serious stuff. Show time comes later. We appreciate the nine rebounds, the 13 points, but there is more in the tank.
- Earl Clark apparently saving his best for Sunday. The five assists would have been impressive without the five turnovers. The one steal was impressive but what followed the next few seconds wasn’t.
- Edgar Sosa not letting Clark out do him with an equal number of turnovers. Can’t afford them.
- Jared Swopshire finally hitting a three-point shot. Progress but still timid. Invest some energy into all that playing time.
Typical of many Louisville performances this season, the good, the bad and the ugly. Wouldn’t be anywhere near as much fun if the Cards made it look too easy.Â Bring it, Sunday.
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