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. He’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 he’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. There’s a teammate whose expertise on dunking is unrivaled.

Winning on the road, shutting up 30,000 fans, Syracuse fans. Doesn’t get much better.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Sunday Silence: Louisville 67, Syracuse 57”
  1. What a difference a month makes. Credit the maturity finally catching up to the talent level. A team that looked lost against Tubby looked very comfortable this afternoon against a very good Orangmen squad. A dominating center got shut down in crunch time by the best front line in college basketball. A fiery, controversial guard is reduced to throwing elbows to gain an advantage. Cardiac Cards? Not this time. A domination of the final two minutes; another notch on the totem pole of good opponents silence by relentless defense and smart basketball.

    Now the luxury of three straight in the Hall. Not that any of them will be pushovers. South Florida comes in with a score to settle after being dismantled on their court earlier by the Cards. WVU is playing very good ball right now and can’t be ignored. Then, the Calhoun coached UConn. 6-0, though. The Cardinal Express is rolling down the tracks.

  2. Wow! How about those Cardinals? And, Edgar had 0 turnovers–surely that made Rick NIT-pino a little happy (smile). And T-Will looks gr8 as usual! Thanks, T-Will! btw, I thought Jerry Smith made some real important plays as well as Earl Clark.Andre’, I luv you dude! That was so nice of you to give T-will all those compliments–how much did he pay you to say all that stuff????? lol And, how about our Kentucky product, Preston Knowles??? Who says Rick NIT-pino (smile) can’t recruit here in Kentucky just like the “ENEMY AKA KENTUCKY DOES?) aLSO, HOW BOUT THOSE MINNESOTA GOPHERS? AND TUBBY SMITH? WE R STILL HAVING A FEW PROBLEMS AT GEORGIA DOGS, BUT IF WE HAVE TO WE CAN WIN THE sec TOURNEY ALL OVER AGAIN…..JUST TO MAKE THE TOURNAMENT! c YA’LL LATER, KATHY ROMANS 8:28

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