The Louisville Cardinals have the best defensive full court press and back court in college basketball. The pressure defense took it’s toll last night as the newly ranked #1 Cards handled UConn Huskies 73-60. The Cardinals are only the third team to hold the #1 spot (Indiana, Duke) this season. Due to early foul trouble in the first half, Sr. guard Payton Siva did not get to play much. Siva the conference preseason player of the year, picked his second foul up just 3:47 into the game.
Russ Smith scored 23 points & Chane Behanan added 16 points and collected 9 rebounds. UConn scored the first basket coming out of halftime and then Louisville turned it up and started playing like the #1 ranked team in the country. They went on a 19-5 run which gave Louisville the 47-41 lead with 12:18 to play. UConn looked deflated. I can remember the expressions on some of the Huskies faces. Frustration & selfishness set in. I can remember one pacific play in which a UConn big made a steal & had a guard wide open for a fast break / easy dunk but the big guy choose to keep the ball & dunk it himself. That did not settle right with the UConn guard. That isn’t team ball. The Huskies had seven turnovers in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
The Huskies shot 25.9 percent in the second half (7 of 27) which made them 39.6 percent for the game. Next up for the Cards will be Syracuse at KFC Yum. It’s always a huge game when we play the Orangeman. They are really good but I have faith UL will win because the Cards are shooting the 3 point shot well and against the 2-3 zone Syracuse plays, Cards get the opportunity to shoot lights out. Pitino is the better coach!
Timothy Hall 1356718