By Paul Sykes
Ugly, embarrassing loss to an inspired Marquette team, driven by extra heavy dose of adrenaline and determined not to make this a typical Louisville-Marquette cliffhanger.
- Samardo Samuels allowing himself to be shut down by the smaller, quicker Marquette front line. Stubborn at times, refusing to kick the ball out from the double team, getting stripped or simply losing control of the ball.
- Marquette getting 24 attempts from the free throw line while Louisville was getting just two. Rakeem Buckles going 1 for 2 for the Cards.
- Rick Pitino trying every motivation technique and player combination possible, getting nothing in return but a flat, dull effort, the players denying themselves an unchallenged NCAA bid and a slippery slope on the bubble
- Future opponents looking for success just need to play a small, quick lineup and double team Samuels or Terrence Jennings.
If U of L wants to make the NCAA tournament, it may have to do it the hard way: beating a revenge-minded, thoroughly-prepared No. 1-ranked team in the country a second time this Saturday.