Work In Progress

A lot of good things happened in U of L’s 80-60 win over South Florida, pushing the Cards’ record to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in Big East conference play. Among them:

– Terrence Williams handing out 10 assists in the first half. Has U of L ever had a more unselfish player as physically talented as Williams?

– Earl Clark hitting eight of 12 shots for 18 and eight rebounds. Probably more motivated as a reserve than as a starter.

– Defense holding the Bulls to 40 percent shooting, 22 of 55 shots from the field, 5 of 16 from three-point range. The carnival shooters from Seton Hall relegated to ugly memories.

— Jerry Smith, consistently good, never shot happy even though he’s the team’s best shooter, serious about defense.

But there continue to be some troubling issues:

– Team relaxing, letting up when it gets a good lead, lacking a killer instinct, allowing South Florida to get back to within 14 points in the second half.

– Edgar Sosa forgetting his role as play maker, getting lost in traffic, killing momentum. Everybody loves the guy but if this continues, Edgar is going to keep losing playing time. Rick Pitino may even forget to put Sosa in for a couple of games.

– David Padgett missing layup after layup. Obviously, still recovering.

– Derrick Caracter going backwards these days, rarely contributing in the last two games.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Work In Progress

  • January 24, 2008 at 11:41 am
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    Nothing to write home about, the win over the Tampa team. How about some suggestions on how to get certain players’ attention?

  • January 25, 2008 at 8:00 am
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    Charles,

    South Florida is a team anyone should beat. They’re awful, for the exception of Gransberry.

    Also, I’ve updated the name of my blog to (http://thesmokinmusket.blogspot.com/), just for your information.

  • January 25, 2008 at 9:24 am
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    Put Edgar on a very short leash. Have him come in off the bench, play until he does soemthing stupid/selfish, then sit him the rest of the game. Keep using this formula until he finally “gets it.”

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