Back to the future for Louisville basketball

“What’s going on here, Bob?”

Surprising silence from the all-knowing TV color announcer, obviously not quite believing what he was seeing.

  • Another Kyle Kuric dunk, another roof-rattling roar from the crowd, happening so quickly, Louisville basketball going up by 28 points at the time. Along the way to an 87-60 win over Providence.
  • Peyton Siva with a steal, tripping, sliding, somehow making the perfect pass to Kuric for  easy layup, a maneuver Rick Pitino would ascribe as one of the most amazing plays he had ever seen.
  • Preston Knowles tossing one up over his head 1,000th of a second before the first half ends. Amazing stuff, even the video unable to confirm or deny. Indisputable. The basket obviously good.
  • Knowles not caring how it gets done, just so it does, getting his first double-double in four seasons, believe it or not, with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and don’t forget those five assists.
  • Terrence Jennings making those unorthodox hooks, making up for missing untold numbers of slam dunks.
  • Gorgui Dieng and Jennings shutting down the middle, five blocks between them.
  • Chris Smith getting a head-knocking five rebounds under the offensive basket, turning three of them into buckets.
  • Kuric soaring between the big guys for those how-does-he-do-that kind of shots, more than making up for the misses from his Korner.  Collecting how-does-he-do-that NINE rebounds.

What is happening, Bob, is a reality show, another real-life reenactment of what made the University of Louisville basketball a legendary program a couple of decades ago. U of L fans are being rewarded for their patience and belief in the program. A program exceeding expectations for many this season but right in line with the wishes and desires of the fanatical faithful.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Back to the future for Louisville basketball

  • March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Ah yes, we’re baaaack. These last two games have to be two of the most enjoyable in a long, long time. Such great chemistry and teamwork, hate to see the season come to an end. And you are so right, this has been like yesteryear — finally. Go Cards!

  • March 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Either that or the control truck turned off his stat screen…

    Next, the ‘Eers. Gonna be a lot of couch burning in Morgantown this weekend…

  • March 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    This the type of Cardinal basketball that I grew to know and love. Pitino has finally found a group of players that accepts the “team” attitude. They can go far in NCAA tourney if they keep the same mindset.

    Here’s hoping he/they have the desire.

    GOOOOO! CARDS!!!!!!!

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