Was there ever a crowd of 30,000 people as quiet as the Carrier Dome throng? The quiescence was not from a sense of awe, Syracuse fans would never admit that. They had no other options, relegated to silence with the University of Louisville basketball team gagging one of the best shooting teams in college basketball.
The only thing missing today was the trademark Terrence Williams dunk. Not one. Not that T-Will needed to dunk. Heâ€™s busy, being the coach on the floor these days. A soaring windmill would have done wonders in the depressing atmosphere, at least giving the Orange fans something to buzz about to start the week.
T-Will did, however, set a controlled tone for the offense from the start, demonstrating he knows what Rick Pitino wants and expects from his floor leader. He also showed still another dimension in the second half, moving into the middle of the Syracuse zone to put a stop to the uncertainty in that area.
Earl Clark recorded another 39 minutes of playing time. He looks a bit awkward at times, fumbling passes and rebounds here and there. But all the while heâ€™s making life miserable for the opposition. How about 13 rebounds, five assists, 16 points and a steal.
Speaking of assists, Louisville had 18 of them while making only 10 turnovers. Hey, zero turnovers for Edgar Sosa, but he had three rebounds, three assists and 13 points.
Terrence Jennings is a force, maturing right on schedule. Just keep working on those layups or, better still, the dunks. Thereâ€™s a teammate whose expertise on dunking is unrivaled.
Winning on the road, shutting up 30,000 fans, Syracuse fans. Doesnâ€™t get much better.