Three games and a positive outlook for Louisville basketball

When was the last time a University of Louisville basketball team had seven players score in double figures? Don’t expect the answer here because the observer can’t remember it ever happening.

Four players with five or more assists. A rare statistic in college basketball.

Three games is not nearly enough to draw any last conclusions but …

What we seem to have thus far is a bunch of players recognizing they need each other. No one preoccupied with personal stats, taking the coach seriously when he says individual success hinges on how well they play together.

Seemingly better off without any of the players who haven’t returned. We miss them and wish them well, but there’s something special going on here that was sadly missing last season.

The new environment enhanced by the sport’s finest playing facility, a factor not to be taken lightly in the evolution of a positive outlook where little to none existed pre-season.

What we also seem to have is a coach who is totally focused on his team for the first time in a good while, having experienced a bumpy couple of years, including a loss of esteem in some eyes.

Rick Pitino is hungry again, and the players are feeding off of his recommitment to the game.

Charlie Springer

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

2 thoughts on “Three games and a positive outlook for Louisville basketball

  • November 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm
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    Love how they’ve looked so far. I really enjoy watching them play. Justice is a pleasant surprise. Plays way beyond his years. Buckles is becoming a fine all around player. Vantreese and Marra have been impressive. If Siva settles in and Dieng develops they may have all the pieces. And still no Swop or Russ Smith. Never thought I’d feel so upbeat after watching the red/white game. It’s already a fun season. Go Cards!

  • November 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm
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    This is the epitomy of a basketball “Team”. No one player trying to shine, a win looks good on everybody’s stat line. Play fast, play loose, have fun.

    Comparison to Pitino’s Providence team?

    Very fun to watch. Looking forward to much more.

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