South Florida Seeks To Shed Lackey Label

Football can be a little distracting, especially when a threat is perceived.

Good thing the annual Louisville-Kentucky basketball game is soon, forcing the focus to where it should be for the non-bowl bound. Still, the hype needs to wait for at least three more days.

Big East play begins Wednesday. South Florida, the opponent with an impressive 10-2 won-lost record.  Much to prove, wanting to rid itself of the conference lackey tag.

Dominique Jones, a guard averaging 22.7 points and 4.7 rebounds the last three games was conference player of the week. Six-foot-ll Jarred Famous in the middle, averaging 10 points, seven rebounds per game. Senior guard Chris Howard averaging seven points, four rebounds.

Demanding respect. Not a team to be overlooked, rivalry week or no rivalry week.

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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.

5 thoughts on “South Florida Seeks To Shed Lackey Label

  • December 29, 2009 at 3:52 am

    We differ on our scout of USF. With Gilchrist out, and them only being seven deep in production basically, I think we should dispatch them handily.

    Heath does not have the depth, or the power this season to handle us in the Hall to kick-off BEAST play IMO.

    My prediction: Louisville 80, USF 65.

    Take into consideration, that the totals below are with Gus Gilchrist involved in eight games, so they should be lower actually, without Gus in the mix.

    Team Comparisons:

    Sagarin Rating:

    UofL – #56
    USF – #74

    Strength of Schedule:

    UofL – #237
    USF – #260

    Points Per Game:

    UofL – 82.8
    USF – 69.1

    Rebounds Per game:

    UofL – 40.4
    USF – 36.3

    Assists Per game:

    UofL – 17.5
    USF – 14.1

  • December 29, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Without Gilchrist, the Bulls aren’t nearly as dangerous. Still, they’ll have five competitive guys out there on the court ready for the Cards who will fight Louisville as long as they can.

    We have superior talent and numbers. Let’s hope the Cards don’t get caught in the trap of looking ahead to “you know who”.

  • December 29, 2009 at 10:29 am


    “…they’ll have five competitive guys out there on the court ready for the Cards who will fight Louisville as long as they can.”

    Yeah, as long as they can – that’s the kicker. Five competitive guys can’t keep up with a Pitino-coached team that goes 10 deep and more; they have no hope of playing 40 minutes at our pace. They’ll try to slow it down, but our press will keep them rattled and lead to 18 turnovers or so. Louisville by 27, and on to Lexington.

  • December 29, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Hope you’re right. No need to stub a toe before the UK game. We’ll hope for the best and accept the results.

  • December 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Great scout Rick. I predicted a 15 point win margin, but we both said it would get ugly, and it did. You said 27, I said 15. If we averaged our predictions, we would of been dead on 21, the margin we won by.

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