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Another dose of reality for Louisville basketball

University of Louisville basketball fans had talked themselves into believing they would be competitive with Kentucky this game. Even Las Vegas had fallen for it, making U of L a two-point favorite.

Fantasy ran head first into reality Friday, UK emerging with a 78-63 win.

Not easy to digest, Louisville losing to Kentucky. Ever.

Bad day, terrible way to start a new year.

Josh Harrellson with 23 points?

That’s how it works when UofL is expending an abundance of resources, double teaming his freshman buddy Terrence Jones.  Must be pretty a impressive player, that Jones, if Harrellson is allowed to roam freely.

A UK team coached by John Calipari? That’s probably what’s most annoying about the loss.

Have to give the rest of the UK players credit, however. The KFC Yum! Center is not the easiest place to play for visiting teams. Too many long arms and quickness on defense in blue, taking Louisville out of its normal game.

Too many years of inefficient recruiting showing on the red side.

Thank goodness World Wide Wes (William Wesley) officially went pro, and Rick Pitino finally discovered a decade after arriving here what it takes to attract top-level talent to Louisville. Too bad the impact won’t be felt until next season.

A good warm up event for the Big East Conference, a conference in which every school, except DePaul and South Florida, takes basketball almost as seriously as UofL and UK fans.

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One minute one is yelling at Preston Knowles, the next praising him. He takes more than his fair share of bad shots, but enough of them go in to keep Louisville competitive.

Any negative is outweighed by the positive. The guy does what he believes is necessary to win, and he has almost enough talent to make it happen.

Not enough of Preston Knowles’ desire to win to go around, however. Can’t do it by himself. And apparently, he’s not contagious.

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Disappointing that Gorgui Dieng was nowhere to be found in the second half, second game in a row, watching Terrence Jennings do his thing, whatever that is.

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Charlie Springer

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

15 thoughts on “Another dose of reality for Louisville basketball

  • December 31, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Amen on Jennings Charlie. I’ve never been as down on him as I am right now… and I’ve had my share of criticisms about him. Why didn’t Pitino try out George Goode? Eric Crawford said Gorgui hurt his ankle in warmups. Happy new year.

    • December 31, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      Only we would get someone injured during warmups. Happy new year and thanks Mr. Black.

  • December 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    You hit the nail on the head when you said ‘too many years of inefficient recruiting’, Charlie. Our ranks were way too thin today. Speaking of injuries–does it seem like our ‘over-achievers’ end up getting hurt more often than kids playing within their abilities? Just a thought. Sad day for Louisville basketball today, and a sign of a so-so year in the conference. If next year’s recruiting class is another bunch of no-shows, get the hook ready. Won-Loss pays the bills, baby.

    • January 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Listen Up!!! Pitino has stayed with Louisville thru UP and Down years. Talking about pulling his plug is a bit premature. I’ve lived in this state for most of my life(except during Army days)and it never fails that someone wants his head after a Kentucky loss. Remember Louisville has never been under investigation by the Long and useless arm of the NCAA. But at every school Calipari’s been to usually gets the attention of the NCAA dogs. Pitino does a good if not great job with what he has–lets see how long Cal-baby stays at UK.

      • January 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

        Ever heard of Denny Crum??

  • December 31, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Tuff game but Coach Pitino knows what he’s doing. The best part of the season is comming and they will make the most of it. GO CARDS

  • December 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    This was a bad loss for sure, but don’t think of it as a “bad way to start the new year”. The new year starts tomorrow and this certainly isn’t the only bad game we’ve ever played in December. I’m looking forward to 2011.

  • December 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Charlie good to know you are still around,Louisville never could stop a big white center. Remember Dave Corzine from Depaul? After we played them up there really helped him with his Pro contract. I would like to have seen Justice and Van Trease (spelling?) play more,having a big heart and determination is a lot better than having ability. John Workman called a couple of weeks ago and I went to the Yum Center for a game after 32 years in Freedom Hall not impressed with the seats.

    • December 31, 2010 at 9:21 pm

      Hey, Danny. Good to hear from you. Remember Corzine very well, and I also remember what we did in the final game of 1986. Good times at the old Fairgrounds Stadium as well. Put this site in your bookmarks, and continue the dialogue. Could be a long season but there will some more up times ahead.

  • January 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I was at the Gardner-Webb game and a couple of high school kids who were very knowledgeable about the game kept saying TJ was soft. I couldn’t have agreed with them more. I told my friend before the Drexel game if they go hard at TJ, it’ll be a long night for UL. It was. Bump TJ a couple times on a rebound you’ve got his number the rest of the game. It bums me out to see him not play at even a quarter of his potential.

    One more thing. I was rather disgusted seeing all the blue shirts in prime seating spots on TV during the game. If those are corporate seats or season ticket holders, shame on you for selling your team. Give back your season tickets and so REAL Cardinal fans can support their team. Charlie has been a life long UL fan and deserves those lower bowl seats more than any yewakay fan does. It’s a shame to see those so-called Cardinal fans selling their team out.

  • January 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I think everyone is being too hard on Jennings. He has gone up against a minimum of 8 All-Americans this year.

    At least that’s what they look like after facing him.

    • January 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

      LOL, cbcard. I knew we could count on you to put it into the right perspective.

  • January 1, 2011 at 10:59 am

    In a brief moment, a six point lead turned into a six point deficit. And, that is the story of this game. Spurtability. Kats had it, Cards lost it.

    I dreamt last night that Peyton Siva quit driving the lane and getting his shots slapped into the Ohio River.
    That Terrence Jennings went to the boards and someone decided to guard “Woody” Harrelson. Think I’ll go back to sleep.

    Happy New Year, UofL Card Game!!

  • January 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    My hopes were high. I wish we could but didn’t. The injury during practice eek! It was painful to watch Pitino yell and stomp but not enough to change the outcome… Happy New year and I hope it starts to look up soon – Go Cards….

  • January 2, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Just wasn’t in the Cards yesterday. To much talent on the other side. Jennings is a joke. Has the ability and physical attributes, but not the heart. Fortunately, next year he’s not gonna play much, and we will be much better. In the meantime. the Big East is gonna be a tough one without Buckles and with Jennings being a poser.

    Suffice it to say, my expactations have been lowered.

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