South Florida Mirage

Louisville fans can be forgiven if they relax against South Florida. The Bulls have been down so long it’s hard to remember if they were ever a serious basketball threat. USF is trudging along with 10-9 won-lost record and is mired in a five-game losing streak.

But Cardinal fanatics should know better by now. This team can’t let up against anyone, not at home, not on the road. This South Florida team was very much in the game at Seton Hall last Thursday before finally succumbing by 10 points. Highlights include a win over Florida State 68-67 at Tallahassee and a 23-point spanking of Rutgers at Tampa.

The Bulls are backed into a corner, trying to salvage their season. They view the U of L game as an opportunity to salvage their manhood, ala Seton Hall. USF has a balanced scoring attack, with four players averaging double figures. They are led by 6-foot-9 Kentrell Gransberry with 16.9 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Their rowdy fans have always hated anything U of L, often taunting coaches and players on the bench. This is not a team to be overlooked or pitied.

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Anyone else needing a college football fix? News from the Schnellenger Complex is that the Spring Scrimmage has been set for April 19th. By the way, football signing day is February 6th.

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.

4 thoughts on “South Florida Mirage”

  1. If the U of L people think they’re just going to waltz in here and pick up an easy win, think again. There is some talent at South Florida and these guys are sick of losing.

  2. Unfortunately most of players (not DP of Jerry) have a very bad habit of playing only as hard as they need to.

    And if they get down, and face adversity, they give up too easily

    Physical specimens alone will get you a long way, but usually not the ring (see Phi Slamma Jamma)

    I’m adjusting my expectations downward accordingly–and simply hope very hard for the whipped cream

  3. This is a MUST WIN game for the Cards.

    U of L has some very tough games remaining – @ Marquette, G’Town (twice), @ Pitt, @ Villanova…and DePaul, UConn, and Notre Dame.

    At 13-5, they’ve GOT to get the wins when they can — this is one of them. I don’t want them to have a 10+ loss season!!

    GO CARDS!

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