Shake It Off, Louisville 74, Morehead 54

No mas, por favor!

Cast the nightmare spell, the disaster scenario on another top seed another year, the nightmare with the 64th seed toppling the No. 1 seed. Visions of the ice gathering, the ship sinking, bubbling, never to resurface.

Those big second halves aren’t automatic and the supply could be limited.

Andre McGee making the most of every second.
Andre McGee making the most of every second.

Come out pumped, ready to play, the first 20 minutes. Louisville was, but the adrenaline was pumping overtime for Morehead, providing ample evidence:

Every opponent will be super charged, over motivated, driven and desperate to take you down.

Not necessary, not appropriate, this stuff reported by CBS Sports:

Terrence Williams had extended his long, tattoo-covered arms and boogied at midcourt when the Morehead State pep band played “We Got The Funk” during pregame warmups, an indication that the tournament’s top team — one with two titles already on its resume — was in the mood for some celebrating.

There’s loose and there’s being silly.

The No. 1 ranking, the No. 1 seed. Forget ’em. Bathed in the accolades for four days, almost four days too many. More of a detriment than a weapon in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Andre McGee all over the court, here, there, back, forth, in, out, relentless on defense, setting the example, defining leadership. No time for laurels, got to bust one’s butt, or get out of the way.
  • Samardo Samuels never celebrates, no joking around with him. The closest he comes to smiling is a rim-rattling dunk, his body language all business, with his nine points largely responsible for Louisville’s two-point lead at the half. Some day going to be great one because he is so focused.
  • Terrence Williams due to come out of his shooting slump, adjust to whatever the opposition is throwing at him these days. A Louisville win without a T-Will dunk or two or three leaves fans with a half-full sensation, just not quite as satisfying. Get serious, T-Will, this is serious stuff. Show time comes later. We appreciate the nine rebounds, the 13 points, but there is more in the tank.
  • Earl Clark apparently saving his best for Sunday. The five assists would have been impressive without the five turnovers. The one steal was impressive but what followed the next few seconds wasn’t.
  • Edgar Sosa not letting Clark out do him with an equal number of turnovers. Can’t afford them.
  • Jared Swopshire finally hitting a three-point shot. Progress but still timid. Invest some energy into all that playing time.

Typical of many Louisville performances this season, the good, the bad and the ugly. Wouldn’t be anywhere near as much fun if the Cards made it look too easy.  Bring it, Sunday.

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

9 thoughts on “Shake It Off, Louisville 74, Morehead 54

  • March 20, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Another predictable 2nd half run…McGee providing the afterburners on defense and everyone else capitalizing. Hopefully, we’ll come out sharper in the first half Sunday.

    5:45 game time, which will allow everyone to watch both the men and ladies Sunday night. Lady Cards in the late one..9:30 tip down in Baton Rouge.

    I am sad to report that I will not be able to attend the Baton Rouge games. We’ll still provide you reports, though…and we’re headed to Raleigh after these two. I might be able to get down there. If I don’t end up in Indy…I’ve got hope.

  • March 21, 2009 at 7:56 am

    U-G-L-Y. Play half as ugly as that against Sienna and we’re out of here.

  • March 21, 2009 at 7:57 am

    A good head shrinking was in order. Hopefully that’s all that was needed.

  • March 21, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Morehead may have exposed us. Sienna is a carbon copy of the Cards, except they are better in all phases of the game.

  • March 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Uh, who is better in all phases of the game? Surely, you don’t / can’t mean Sienna.

  • March 21, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Yeah, that’s why Sienna is the 1 seed in the region, the top 1 seed in the tournament, and ranked # 1 in the Nation. They’re gonna out-Louisville. Louisville.

    I want some of what you’re smokin’.

    Go Cards! “The Real Sienna” hah!

  • March 22, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Sienna is no better than Siena…which is the correct spelling, guys…of the actual team we are playing Sunday. Siena.

    Let’s face the facts…Siena is Louisville “lite”…less talented but of the same style of basketball.

    We come out and take care of business in Cardinal fashion..we’re fine.

  • March 22, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I don’t care how we spell it as long as we beat them…..the only team who will beat us tonight is the University of Louisville. Not to take away from SIENA (thank you teacher…..) because they are certainly a good team (I watched the OSU vs Siena game too) but we are the better team. I just hope we play like it tonight. Go CARDS!

  • March 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    More Pitino hype and spin about a mid-major we’ll beat handily.

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