Ten things we learned about University of Louisville basketball during the Bahamas trip:

  • Rick Pitino and Richard discover a tropical treat on the island, chomping chewing gum five sticks at a time.
  • Dad and son inseparable on the sideline, finishing each other’s sentences.
  • Russ Smith is a dead ringer for Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Russ Smith may be quicker than DaJuan Wheat.
  • Bahamians, those who play basketball anyway, are not always smiling and hospitable.
  • Kyle Kuric’s girlfriend among faces in the crowd, along with Ron Carmicle (yes, Carmicle) and Al Parrish.
  • Chane Behanan already a better dribbler, passer, receiver, shooter and rebounder than Earl Clark.
  • Bob Valvano sick, stuck in hotel room. Bad sunburn?
  • Angel Nunez will bring the rainbow back to Louisville after a 25-year hiatus.
  • Marvin Menzies has a future as a color man in broadcasting.


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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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