A few takeaways from the University of Louisville basketball team’s 68-48 win over Lamar University:
- Chane Behanan is the kind of player Rick Pitino has been missing during his first 10 years, already playing with a confidence that eludes many players during their college careers. He has a presence around the basket, unseen in Louisville since the days of Rodney McCray, very comfortable whether he’s shooting or rebounding the ball.
- Jared Swopshire is going to contribute, the light switch turning on for him. There was an unmistakable new look in his eyes following one of those second half put backs, the expression of a player who expects to someday making a good living playing basketball.
- Gorgui Dieng is way ahead of the learning curve but there’s so much more to absorb. He will make a brilliant move, only to follow it up within a couple of minutes with an awkward and inexplicable action that leaves a bewildered Rick Pitino wondering whether to laugh or cry.
- Peyton Siva makes this team go, no doubt about that. However, he’s either forcing too many of those dazzling layups or teams are becoming better at defending them, at least in the first two games.
- Kyle Kuric apparently has a challenge in getting excited about playing some teams, attracting too much Pitino attention against Lamar, spending a little more time on the bench than normal. He may be saving it, coach.
- Mike Marra appeared to be in the best shape in quite a while before twisting his knee. Let’s hope the MRI is negative.