Every effort will be made to keep the breakup between the parties gentle and kind, but everybody knows Freedom Hall is being dumped for a newer, more sexy partner.
A shame the outlook for the current University of Louisville basketball team is far from optimistic as the couple prepares to part ways Saturday after a long and beautiful relationship.
Not supposed to end like this, fans wondering whether their team will even be competitive. The fact that U of L defeated the same team less than two weeks ago gives fans little reason for confidence.
Rick Pitino likes to keep everybody guessing. Some of the players who played a major role in that win don’t even know whether they will see action against Syracuse. Mike Marra, Terrence Jennings, Kyle Kuric or Rakeem Buckles don’t really have a clue.
Therein lies much of the challenge. Confidence levels are low because there hasn’t been any consistency. A player has a great game and mysteriously disappears. A player gets a starting role for some reason, and the person he’s replacing doesn’t know why. Couple of games later, roles are reversed.
There are not the usual eight or nine players who know where they fit, who can’t be counted on because they can’t count on being around when games are on the line. While the team has shown promise at times, notching unexpected wins, they follow it up by falling on their face again a couple of games later against less than stellar opponents.
A quixotic atmosphere will prevail Saturday at Freedom Hall. Many former players will be introduced, video highlights will celebrate the past, a few fans will be nostalgic recalling some memories. But the celebration will be overshadowed by the reality that the current U of L basketball team has had far more than its share of puzzling disappointments, and has an immediate outlook that is less than bright.