Magical Mystery Tour Winding On

Nine shots, nine baskets, the University of Louisville streaking to  a 26-13 lead.

Georgetown missing certain dunks, once, twice, three times. The shot clock running out with no one between Georgetown and the basket.

Earl Clark struggling to hang on to ball, make decent passes, until he finds his pal Terrence Williams for one of those awe-inspiring dunks at the 8:02 mark, putting U of L up by 13, then 14 on a T-Will free throw.

Clark hitting five of 10 shot, three behind the arc, leading all scorers with 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists, four steals, demonstrating why he is indispensable, even with four turnovers.

Don’t cover your eyes. Appreciate Earl Clark.

T-Will with that confident air, falling, literally willing the ball to go in at the 4:52 mark, stretching the margin to 14 points again. Everywhere he’s needed, pulling down 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals.

Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings collecting four fouls apiece, but combining for 17 points.

Edgar Sosa with the acrobatics, under, over and in the basket, wow.

Jerry Smith being a nuisance on defense, doesn’t get enough credit. What one remembers are his three-pointers.

Andre McGee and Preston Knowles the microwave twins, making people forget how to dribble, how to pass, how to shoot, tormenting them, frustrating them.

On the road. The Big East.

Rick Pitino working his magic. One more time.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

7 thoughts on “Magical Mystery Tour Winding On

  • February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    It was indeed magic. I grimace every time Earl gets the ball but then he comes up with these huge stats. He really is a force on the defensive end and he just keeps going after it on the offensive end. Some beautiful three-point shots tonight.

  • February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    The next magic act would be for Rick Pitino to convince T-Will and Earl to return for another season. These guys have worked too hard and come so far but they be so much better with another season. I’m dreaming, I know.

    • February 23, 2009 at 11:37 pm

      I think for RP to convince T-Will to come back for another season he would first need to convince the NCAA to give him a fifth year of eligibility. Maybe he could get one of the years the NotCaringAboutAthletes took from LaSage.

  • February 23, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    T-Will is getting to be a beast. Has the game now to go with his immense talent.

  • February 24, 2009 at 12:03 am

    T Will is awesome – always feel like something good can happen w/ him out there. Earl scares me no matter what his stats are, if he hits one three pointer, he’ll shoot 10 more!! His behind needs to be under the basket cause he can rebound. He’s at the perimeter way too much though I know it’s part of the offense. If he comes on and continue to play well into the tourney like last year I’ll deal w/ his occasional 3 pointer.

  • February 24, 2009 at 7:34 am

    An amazing stat line for T-Will. 38 minutes, 10 points, 7 assists, 12 rebounds and only 2 turnovers.

    I think I’ve run out of superlatives to describe what he does on the court when he’s healthy.

    CB, get to work on that 5th year extension immediately!

    In all seriousness, how this guy DOESN’T go in the first round of the NBA Draft is beyond me. As for Earl…a different story. There are moments he looks like he could be a night in, night out contributor for an NBA team. But, there are those moments also when you do just want to close your eyes and ask yourself why Earl did this or that.

    Basically, I’m OK either way with Earl staying or going. If he stays, a chance to improve on his game and make more money. If he goes, opens up a spot for a guy on the bench to start. Pick your nominee, we have several.

    Do I think he’s ready for the NBA? No. But, I’m no NBA scout or talent evaluator. If he goes, I hope he gets Francisco Garcia minutes and results.

  • February 24, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I can’t see TWill NOT going to NBA and he sure looks ready in every category – he is a beast; I love him and the Cardinal Spirit he brings to every game. He HAS to stay healthy for us to “complete” this season (ahem….). Earl? I know coach says he is definitely going after this year but he still doesn’t seem ready with the lazy passing and questionable judgement he has at times. I loved the 22 he got last night; he always seems to produce when we need him and that would bode well for him at the next level – whatever he does, I wish him well and hope, like many ex-U of L players, he keeps a home here in Louisville so we can see him from time to time. Great win last night – I have been scouting Marquette on line and we are so much deeper; should be fun. Go CARDS!!!!!

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