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?