Louisville takes care of Marshall, 80-66

Hearing and comprehending are two different things. The key is often being receptive to what’s being said.

That’s what the observer often tells one who says he never listens to anything she says.

Anyway, this may be what sets this University of Louisville basketball team apart from some in recent memory, a few players of old not paying much attention or preferring to do things their own way.

For the most part, this team seems to get it, knowing where to look for the answers, paying attention, doing what needed to be done in an 80-66 win over Marshall.

If not, there’s always the bench where Rakeem Buckles sat after getting one rebound in the first half. He would not start the second but he would lead his team with six of his seven rebounds and 10 of his 12 points in the final 20 minutes.

  • Stephan Van Treese, one of those Indiana good old boys loving his basketball, relishing every minute of playing time. His exuberance denying him of a roof-shaking dunk but still netting him three steals, four rebounds and eight points — and the spark UofL needed in the second half.
  • Peyton Siva is spending a lot of time on the bench as well, maybe because he’s getting in foul trouble, playing out of control in the lane at times, or both. The type of player who will admit he needs to get better at disguising the fouling, playing under control.
  • Terrence Jennings playing within the system, seeming to have learned that’s what works best for him, that the points will come. Knowing that Rick Pitino’s way is the best path to the NBA.

Gotta feel for Kyle Kuric, the Freedom Hall legend, spending so much time watching the action. But everyone knows that Kuric will be indispensable at times, and in the not-too-distant future.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Louisville takes care of Marshall, 80-66

  • November 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    We did not play with the desire or intensity we had against Butler. It seems we can’t (yet I hope) play more than 20 minutes.

    Unless a team is totally outsized rebounding, like defense, is an effort thing. We gave up an awful number of offensive rebounds to a smaller team the first half. Marshall had 41% of its points on second chance points! I cannot remember seeing this terrible a stat in forever.

    Our smallest player, Justice, had the same number of rebounds as VT, Buckles, and Dieng COMBINED. That is a disgusting first half stat.

    When we can play 35+ minutes we can be tough but for now…….

  • November 28, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Four games into a new season with a smattering of Seniors, a bevey of Sophomores, a lot faster playing style, and no go-to guy; I think we’re doing great.

    This team is “FUN” to watch and is only going to get better. Whether we can beat a solid Big East team has yet to be seen. But so far we have met all challengers, and have emerged victorious.

    Hope it lasts all season. GO CARDS!

  • November 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Agree with all of this, Mr. Observer, (are you hearing me?) but you overlooked one player: “Bullet.” Whereas, at the beginning of the season, we fans might have been puzzled when he was subbed in, we now go, “Yay, Bullet’s going in!”

    Agree with JustCards: Gonna be a fun season. GO CARDS!!!

  • November 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I really like Kyle Kuric – I just hope Pitino can use him with consistency. Looking forward to a good season- Go Cards.

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