— Strange, why so many opposing teams are more effective than U of L in hitting three-point shots in Freedom Hall. Rick Pitino rose to greatness via the three-point arc, and it has to be a major disappointment for him.

— Pitino complains that some of the players don’t give much credence to scouting reports, that they run the wrong plays, and that they are out of position on defense. Going to be a long season if there is an attention deficit.

— Derrick Caracter was stopped cold on both ends of the court. Think the opposition is paying attention to the U of L scouting report?

— Maybe the coach should quit trying to be a comedian and be the straight man for a while. More often than not lately, he is making serious pronouncements that are quickly proven otherwise. How many times have you told yourself lately, “That’s just Pitino talking?”

— If these players are as good as fans have convinced themselves they are, it’s just a matter of time before they snap out of their stupor. If not, fans have been kidding themselves.

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David Padgett picks up in the Cincinnati game right where he left off in the Jackson State game, playing with more heart than any U of L player in recent memory.

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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.