Louisville-West Virginia Not Child’s Play

By Tom Stosberg

Anybody got some extra flak jackets Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings could borrow for a couple of hours? They promise to give them right back after Saturday.

One of those puny WWE smackdowns will seem like an afternoon in a church library compared to the Louisville-West Virginia basketball game at the cleverly named West Virginia University Coliseum.

About six years ago they put a new roof on the coliseum. Sorry. It’s coming off this weekend.

Sam Sam and T.J. will have their hands full banging with WVU’s biggies. The Mountaineers are led by DeSean Butler, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior averaging 16 points and 6.4 rebounds. He’s accompanied by a couple of sophomores who play like upperclassmen – 6-foot-9 Devin Ebanks and 6-foot-8 Kevin Jones, who are averaging 11.3 and 14.9 points, respectively, while pulling down eight rebounds apiece.

Oh, and their guys all have played a minimum of 30 minutes per game. So they know how to play together very well. I repeat, the two youngsters play like veterans.

The guards know how to find these guys. When sweet and lovable Bobby Huggins isn’t helping old ladies across the street, he’s teaching these studs how to block out under the basket.

Bring ‘em on. This just could be the game that our bigs get ticked off and tear down the backboards! Hope so. Go get ‘em, Cards!

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Tom Stosberg

Tom Stosberg and his wife, Linda, also an active participant on this site, have been U of L fans for nearly 40 years. Tom is self-employed by MarketFit, Inc., an outsource marketing advisory. Tom worked in radio, television and advertising for 35+ years. His web site is located at http://marketfitinc.net.

5 thoughts on “Louisville-West Virginia Not Child’s Play

  • January 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    They’re walking into the usual firestorm at West Virginia where everything goes and nothing is sacred but the Eers. Pitino has had a week to get them ready so anything can happen, including a win.

  • January 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I sure hope that is the case.. Zagnut!
    Go CARDs—Let’s Win!

  • January 28, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Just to clarify: Jones and Ebanks are Sophomores and Casey Mitchell doesn’t start, he barely plays. The starting point guard is Truck Bryant with Mazzula as backup or sometimes on the court with him. The Cards are always very strong against WVU and always bring the A game, it seems. I have noticed for several years that Pitino seems to coach your guys to hold a bit on defense and they seem to get away with it. It really threw us out of the NCAA elite 8 game a few years back when Beilein was running a bunch of set plays and you guys completely threw the team out of rhythm with the holding. It is a great technique and I think Huggins is employing it some too. Should be a great game. Your full court or 3/4 court press is always very effective too. I’m always very nervous about playing you guys. Good luck, hope you lose though.

    • January 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      I wouldn’t worry about Pitino’s defense being too physical for WVU — we Cardinal fans didn’t call Huggy Bear’s Cincy teams “Hug’s Thugs” without reason.

  • January 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Truck Bryant is a good one. Hopefully “Good ol’ Jerry” and the “Good” Edgar Sosa show up for this one.

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