Some games, even winning ones, leave a sour taste. Not fun to watch, just have to get through them.
A typical basketball game against DePaul for the University of Louisville, the 79-58 decision coming after another sluggish affair against a team that often turns in one of its better performances of the season against the Cardinals.
UofL’s flight arriving in Chicago in mid-afternoon because of Tuesday’s weather conditions, playing a late night game, the day’s routine altering their pre-game routine, and a mediocre opponent challenging their intensity levels. DePaul racing out to an 8-0 lead, jarring the team out of its lethargy.
Hello, this is DePaul folks and it’s never easy.
- Peyton Siva just happened to still be available as DePaul was reducing a 17-point deficit to a single digit in the closing minutes. Playing with four fouls, this time providing a calming presence, as well as some points. His 16 points and six assists notwithstanding.
- Russ Smith, with five assists, is still coming to grips with Rick Pitino’s insistance that he is an excellent passer, often passing up shots to find teammates, at other times running into obstacles beneath the basket. A landmark game for him, his 16 points putting him at the 1,0002-point level.
- Gorgui Dieng, his ears maybe still ringing from the flight, would manage only four rebounds.
- Chane Behanan would turn in the dunk of the year, his knee leveling the defender’s face, prompting one official to call a foul that would be overturned by his co-workers.
- Wayne Blackshear just hasn’t done well in his hometown Chicago, managing only one field goal.
- Montrezl Harrell probably had more fun than anyone with those dunks, each better than the last. Now back to working on those free throws.
Syracuse up next. Noon game Saturday. Get up early.