Big East opener not requiring heavy doses of exertion, intensity or emotion. Out of the way, in the books.Â Respecting the opponent, not looking past anyone. Louisville 73, South Florida 52.
- Not a momentum builder by any stretch of the imagination, but no one was looking past South Florida either, including the crowd, waiting until the 35 second mark to begin the “Beat UK” chant.
- Edgar Sosa is this team’s most dependable part, with the exception of a few misdirected passes in the early going. Following the sit down, going on to compile five assists, four rebounds, two steals and 16 points. His ultimate legacy, or lack of it, however,Â may hinge on how he performs Saturday.
- U of L is more consistent when Jared Swopshire is in the lineup, if the South Florida game is any indication. He doesn’t get overly excited, which can be bad or good, depending on what’s going on around him. His improvement, if it continues, could be a major factor come March.
- The continuing inability of Samardo Samuels or Terrence Jennings to dominate any team with a recognizable name is distressing. The inexplicable inability to finish, missing seemingly easy two or three-foot shots painful to watch.
- Jerry Smith going down the middle is an adventure, defying predictability. Either looking great or klutzy. Where did that three-point shot go anyway?
- A star needs to be born Saturday, the most likely candidates Peyton Siva or Mike Mara.
- Preston Knowles will show up. Count on it.
Let the hype begin for the Louisville-Kentucky circus.