by Paul Sykes
Sophomore center Samardo Samuels has received more than his share of criticism this season. He answered the critics with 29 points and 15 rebounds in the University of Louisvilleâ€™s 85-69 win over Louisiana Lafayette.
Both are career highs for Samuels and they couldnâ€™t have come at a better timeâ€¦with backup center Terrence Jennings serving a suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules.
- Junior guard Preston Knowles had a big first half for the Cards and ended with 11 points and five assists for the night. He also did the halftime interview with Terry Meiners for the folks back home at the end of the first half.
- Sophomore Kyle Kuric tossed in 13 points and 7 rebounds in a reserve role for the cards. Kuric also almost duplicated the monster dunk he threw down against Oral Roberts but the feed pass was a bit off. This Evansville native has a nice vertical.
- Held scoreless and playing only five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, Edgar Sosa distributed a couple of nice feeds for hoops in the second half of the game.
Louisiana-Lafayette wears Louisiana across the front of their jerseys and has unsuccessfully petitioned the Louisiana legislature to have the schoolâ€™s name changed to The University of Louisiana. Like LSU would ever allow that to happenâ€¦