A Laugher And Raised Eye Brows:
Louisville 83, Indiana State 43

A 40-point win is always nice but nobody was getting worked up at Freedom Hall with a team that was 0-5 coming into the fray. The margin could easily have been 20 points higher, with Indiana State’s depleted lineup due to academic problems. Some eyebrow raisers as the Cards prepare for a Sunday 4 p.m. date with Ohio University:

— The starting guard situation for U of L remains in flux with freshman Kyle Kuric starting today instead of either Edgar Sosa, Andre McGee or Preston Knowles. Kuric shows great promise but starting over three veterans? With all that experience, both of the guard positions should be set by now.

— Rebounding remains a concern even though the Cards pulled off 45 of them compared to 34 for Indiana State. But Indiana State has been out-rebounded every game. The Sycamores were tied with the Cards with 19 rebounds in the first half even though they were being pummeled on the scoreboard.

— Samardo Samuels managed only three rebounds, his total matched by Terrence Jennings in a reserve role.

— Western Kentucky delivered the blueprint for containing Samuels last week. The big guy, who had been averaging 21 points before the WKU loss, managed 17 points today, nine of them in the second with the Sycamores gasping for their collective breath.

— An uncertain Jarad Swopshire is not into the flow of the college game yet, hesitating, thinking, waiting to get involved. This is not a gentleman’s game; get involved.

While these are admittedly nits for now,  they could become major concerns.

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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 “A Laugher And Raised Eye Brows:<br>Louisville 83, Indiana State 43</br>

  • December 7, 2008 at 7:09 am

    you’re not nuts

    picking nits

    if we’re serious about the crown…

    weak rebounding

    and often erratic shooting

    continue from last season

    and will potentially kill us in the big ones.

  • December 7, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Here’s hoping Rick can find a way to keep all the talent happy the rest of the rest and find a solid starting lineup to begin games. I like McGee and Smith at the guards, Samardo in the post and T-Will and E5 at forwards. Feel free to comment.

  • December 8, 2008 at 9:31 am

    We can’t get too excited about a romp over such a weaker team. Frank’s list is right on with WEAK REBOUNDING heading the list. Thank God, that category picked up in yesterday’s game against Ohio but again, much weaker team. Denny used to say Defense wins games and it’s still true today. When we go up against some Big bEASTs, we’d better hit the boards and play defense for 40 minutes or we will get blown out. Looking forward to a great season. I believe Rick will have them ready. After the football season debacle, I sure hope so. I live in a one story house so jumping out the window if we screw up in BB this year wouldn’t solve anything. Go CARDS!

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