Solstice: Louisville 80, USF 54

No heat, no lights at home for many but slick returns for the 17,184 at Freedom Hall.

No motivational speeches before this one, but warnings of a possible upset. Sure, coach, sure. Fans in the stands yucking it up, talking ice, falling trees and failing freezers, everything but basketball, wondering if the electricity will return after the game.

Hello, South Florida is here, they showed up, even if the program hasn’t yet arrived. Take them lightly, take any team lightly this season, you pay. Terrence Williams playing shoot around the first five trips down the court, crazy stuff. Here to have fun. Bulls trailing by one at the half.

Rick Pitino, you know going ballistic in the locker room.

Enter the microwave twins Andre McGee and Preston Knowles, instant heat, propelling the Cards to a 23-4 spurt as the second half begins. Where do they get that incredible energy? Jerry Smith is non-stop defense, Edgar Sosa getting there but the twins are the fast-forward blurs.

Samardo Samuels lighting the fuse with back-to-back dunks but even more impressive are the decisions he is making lately, knowing when to pass, finding shooters, post-moving to the basket, obviously taking the personal instruction seriously.

T-Will knowing when to quit shooting but still having fun, making six assists, 10 rebounds.

Edgar Sosa growing his confidence, taking care of the ball, making the three-point shots look natural.

Jared Swopshire showing glimpses of excellence during his brief stays on the court. Going to be a great one before he leaves.

Earl Clark obviously inconsistent on offense but he’s an intimidating force on defense.

Do we really have to hear those tree limbs cracking all night? Again?

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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 “Solstice: Louisville 80, USF 54

  • January 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm
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    Thankfully I had power and was able to watch the game last night. I was a little worried going into it and it was awesome to see how the Cards exploded and took control of the game in the second half. I am still waiting for this team to click on all cylinders, Jery Smith and Earl Clark consistency are the last pieces of the puzzle in my book. WVU is a tough defensive team, I really hope the Cards do not look past them.

  • January 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm
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    Glad to see the Cards are staying red hot despite the ice and snow….looks like they are in solid control…so far, three starters are in double digit points.

    Was wondering if George Goode would get in the game with CT next Monday – and other tough games, shouldn’t he be getting some PT?

    Go Cards.

  • January 29, 2009 at 1:30 pm
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    Steve: Just figured out which Steve you are. Amazing how many Steves out there. George Goode looked great while he was in. Hope things are going well in NC.

  • January 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm
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    Cardfan4life, I agree completely.

  • January 30, 2009 at 7:12 am
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    Good for Goode. Glad that some of the younger players are getting some PT…hopefully it’ll help in the Big East/NCAA tournaments.

    All is well in NC…but no place like the Ville!

    My other team – Dayton – has been doing well too — 19-2 with a tough win against St. Louis….with St. Joseph (5-0 in conference) coming up. It’s nice to see the Flyers playing good ball – it’d be great if they got a decent seed in the tournament and won a few games.

    Now the Cards need to knock of CT!

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