[stextbox id=”custom”]Get the TIVO ready. While the men’s team is playing Oral Roberts, the University of Louisville women will be trying to survive at Tennessee. Both games at 7, the men on WHAS-11, the women on Fox Sports (Insight-70).[/stextbox]

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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  1. Four of us travelled from Gatlinburg to watch the Lady Cards play the Lady Vols in Thompson/Boling Weds. night. We arrived early andgotto watc hthe teams warm up. Both squads looked pretty relaxed as the crowd filed in. and Walz and Summitt appeared to have a pretty jovial and friendly chat in front of the UT bench before the game We had nice seats near halfcourt in the upper arena and it looked like maybe 12,000 were in attendance.The lower arena almost full and a few of us upstairs.

    Summitt got the crowd fired up right before tip off when she announced that the players got their names put back on the back of their jerseys.

    A very rough start for Louisville early. The Cards were intimidated, I believe, by UT’s guard play and strength in the paint. Too many turnovers and not enough shooting.

    Becky Burke put on a great show, though, and several UT fans that we talked to during and after the game compared her favorably with UT guard Angie Bjorkland and Rutgers guard Brittany Ray. I also thought Monique Reid played well at times and Asia Taylor was really flying around out there but just a step slower than the Vols front like. If Ashley Rainey could cut back on silly fouls, she could really be a major contributor to this team, in my opinion. She rebounds well and looks to be trying really hard on defense.

    Not much red in the arena. A little behind the UofL bench and scattered thruout the arena. We did talk to Bob “Buzz” Steinert at halftime, a self professed UofL basketball fan for 40 years who lives in Alcoa and also attends all the Lady Vols home games with his wife Carole. He was most excited about the Charlie Strong hire and attends one or two UofL football games a year. We made tenative plans to hook up and drive up together for a home game in 2010. Bob is retired and doesn’t see too well at night anymore but is still very knowledgable about UofL Athletics and a jokester to boot!

    Go get ’em at UK, Lady Cards.

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