They are who we thought they were.
Some would argue that Saturday’s 77-69 victory over UNLV was the Louisville basketball team’s first marquee win of the season, an argument that insults Butler the runner-up in last season’s NCAA championship final.
Make that two quality wins. Butler just didn’t know what it was up against in that first game, and has yet to recover.
The effort against a solid UNLV team proved there’s more than enough talent to go around, just a matter of getting the right combination on the floor. If one isn’t hitting, playing defense, or is cursed with slippery fingers, there’s someone waiting ready to prove himself worthy.
Now we know why Preston Knowles keeps taking those shots. After a reclusive first half, he reverted to his normal self in the second, taking the kind of shots to which fans are accustomed from him. The difference was that he was making them this day, six of nine attempts, all six of his free throw shots.
All of Knowles’ 20 points in the second half, the most since Kyle Kuric collected 22 in his legendery second half against Syracuse at Freedom Hall last season.
Speaking of Kyle Kuric, his five three-point goals were a new career high for him. Believe it or not, he had only four three-point baskets in that Syracuse game. Seemed like more because the Freedom Hall finale was so climactic.
Peyton Siva making seven assists but those five turnovers are a bit concerning. Unforced errors adding up for the first-year starter. His backup, Elisha Justice, played 13 minutes without a turnover, and has yet to commit more than one turnover in a game as a college player.