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.