“We should have won the game. They know that.”

The comments of Georgetown guard Demetrius Guions, after losing an exhibition basketball game to the University of Louisville 74-67, are more than just a little annoying: They are naive, thoughtless, and without foundation. We’ll forgive him only because he’s a senior who never enrolled in PR 101.

A few reminders are in order for the same mouth that said, “They aren’t the No. 3 team in the country.”

— Georgetown had four returning starters, three of them seniors, from a team with a 35-1 record in NAIA competition against a team that relied heavily on David Padgett (graduated) and Terrence Williams (injured) for offensive punch last season.

— UofL, in fact, began the game with only one player who had ever started a college basketball game. The other players were in high school last season.

— The officals were calling the game loosely even though Georgetown was called for 36 fouls and lost four players with five fouls and four others with four fouls each. The Tigers probably got away with as many infractions as were actually called.

— It had to be difficult for a Louisville team to overly excited about playing its first game against outside competition when it’s a team from Georgetown, Ky. This is the Game of the Year for the Tiger players and fans. Adrenalin flowing overtime.

— The No. 3 ranking?  A bit premature, obviously, for a team with six new players without an established starting lineup. Check back at the end of the season.

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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.