UL_Cardinal_head_logo David Padgett sitting on the bench with two fouls for three-quarters of the first half, no way Louisville survives. That might have been the way it went 12 games ago but U of L was focused tonight, hitting threes like they came naturally, canning 12 of 24 attempts while holding a team that made its living on threes to only four of 12.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoJerry Smith is no longer in a shooting slump — not that he ever was, according to Pitino — hitting four of eight of them, overcoming a 2 for 19 mishmash in three previous games.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoTerrence Williams setting the tone, hitting two three pointers early to show this was not business as usual. Handing out eight assists and nine rebounds. Grinning from ear to ear.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoDerrick Caracter looking hungry, hard to stop when he starts that one-of-a-kind move. Getting the hang of staying out of foul trouble.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoEarl Clark continuing his late season tear, scoring a team high 15 points, adding seven rebounds.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoJuan Palacios adding 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting. Elder statesman, senior leadership.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoAndre McGee, Edgar Sosa, and Preston Knowles combining for four assists and three three-pointers.’

UL_Cardinal_head_logoStuart Miller getting in an NCAA tournament game.

UL_Cardinal_head_logoU of L fans could get used to this very quickly.

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By Charlie Springer

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

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  1. Charlie,

    The Sooners : Defense and a good inside game are their strengths. Blake Griffin is their main man, averaging 16 points and 10 boards per game.

    They are shaky in their outside shooting and in turnovers.

    This game will definitely be a grinder.

    Louisville -vs- Oklahoma head to head stats

    Also, if you get a chance, stop by for a link that must be shared with all Card fans– a link to a treasure trove of Card BBall pics, etc. over the decades.




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