Now that’ s more like it, Derrick Caracter getting emotional. Clapping his hands. Waving a fist. Clapping his hands. Going strong to the basket, making the difficult shots.
Scoring 17 points, grabbing four rebounds and being called for only two fouls [one of them a phantom foul], helping U of L score an important win over St. John’s. Being named player of the game by both the TV and radio broadcasting crews.
Representing the university well in his radio interview following the game, saying all the right things, knowing he has to continue working hard to get better. Acknowledging that he has not been contributing much lately, pledging to bring it in future games.
Coach Rick Pitino said he told Caracter a couple of days ago that players who play exceptionally hard always look good, that you can’t dwell on what’s happened in the past, have to work hard and get it done in the present.
What that means is enjoy the moment, Derrick. But the St. John’s game is history. Gotta prove yourself all over again Monday night in a challenging road game at UConn. Play exceptionally hard.
A lot of good things happened in U of LÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s 80-60 win over South Florida, pushing the CardsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ record to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in Big East conference play. Among them:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Terrence Williams handing out 10 assists in the first half. Has U of L ever had a more unselfish player as physically talented as Williams?
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Earl Clark hitting eight of 12 shots for 18 and eight rebounds. Probably more motivated as a reserve than as a starter.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Defense holding the Bulls to 40 percent shooting, 22 of 55 shots from the field, 5 of 16 from three-point range. The carnival shooters from Seton Hall relegated to ugly memories.
— Jerry Smith, consistently good, never shot happy even though he’s the team’s best shooter, serious about defense.
But there continue to be some troubling issues:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Team relaxing, letting up when it gets a good lead, lacking a killer instinct, allowing South Florida to get back to within 14 points in the second half.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Edgar Sosa forgetting his role as play maker, getting lost in traffic, killing momentum. Everybody loves the guy but if this continues, Edgar is going to keep losing playing time. Rick Pitino may even forget to put Sosa in for a couple of games.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ David Padgett missing layup after layup. Obviously, still recovering.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Derrick Caracter going backwards these days, rarely contributing in the last two games.