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Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:46 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:07 pm
Has Louisville played its best basketball this year?. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Jeff Goodman

I have said it all season. Louisville is overrated. 

When the Cards rose all the way to No. 4 in the rankings, it was clear to just about everyone outside of Louisville that the Cards did not belong in the same class with the Kentucky's, North Carolina's, Ohio State's and Syracuse's of the world. 

They had reeled off a dozen straight, but had only ventured out of the Yum! Center once - against a Butler team that is still trying to find itself. It was fool's gold. This is an solid Louisville team, maybe one that that win a couple games in the NCAA tournament - or maybe one that will be one and done, as was the case last season.  

Russ Smith gave Rick Pitino's team hope when he nearly single-handedly kept Louisville competitive at Rupp, but this team is a fringe Top 25 club these days in terms of pure talent. 

They can't shoot - and they aren't nearly as efficient defensively as the numbers indicated through the team's first 12 games of the season. In the four losses -- which have all came in the past five games -- the Cardinals are shooting just 27 percent from beyond the arc. 

Pitino's team got crushed on the glass against Kentucky -- but there's no shame in that. But Louisville also lost the battle on the glass to Georgetown and allowed a lackluster Providence frontline to dominate. 

Kadeem Batts went for 27 points. 

Yes, Kadeem Betts. 

Russ Smith has been a non-factor in the last couple of games, there's been virtually no production from the bench -- and after a home date against DePaul, Pitino & Co. will head out on the road for games against Marquette and Pittsburgh. 

The Cards could well be 2-5 seven games into league play. 

It just goes to show how quickly things can change -- especially in the Big East. 

We ranked Louisville in the Top 10 of the preseason with the thought that the Cards would have the prize of their recruiting class, Wayne Blackshear. However, the Illinois native has been out with a shoulder injury and it's anyone's guess when -- and if -- he'll return to the court. 

Even if Blackshear does come back, it's difficult to ask a guy who hasn't played a game in eight months and is a true freshman to make an impact this season. 

So, what you see is probably what you'll get -- and that's a decent Louisville team. 


Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:04 pm

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

"hafdolla":  Thanks for your well-reasoned, classy and barely inteligible response.  You certainly have me pegged (as somewhere between 15 and 50, and either straight or gay) -- well done!  Obviously my "15 seconds" crack was not low-brow enough because it sailed over your likely sizable noggin.  "15 seconds of fame" was a wisecrack remark referencing Coach Rick Pitino's 2003 sexual encounter with a woman not his wife, in the booth of a Louisville, Kentucky Italian restaurant, shortly after meeting the woman in the bar there.  In a later criminal extortion trial of this woman, Coach Pitino admitted to the affair and testified that the "encounter lasted less than 15 seconds."

I am not a Kentucky fan but a Syracuse fan who uses the "15 second" remark to jaw with @hattie because of his previous, repeated cracks of "Syrabuse" (I know, "he started it" is a very mature excuse). 

I also happen to be a lifelong Cubs fan but am reconsidering that at this moment, so as not to even accidentally risk the chance that my children turn out like you.  Keep up the good work, "hafdollar!"     

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:09 pm

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

I see you're one of those that think if you repeat something often enough it becomes true. Like, "I did not have sex with that woman," and "Cal's a cheater."  You drag it into every conversation because that's all you have.  UK on the other hand has 3 straight top recruiting classes and is hard at work on getting #4.  How many has Little Ricky had lately?  I know.  ZERO!   That's ZERO in case you didn't get it.  And just in case you've forgotten that's ZERO!  Rememeber ZERO is the number of top recruiting classes Little Ricky has put together at UL you homer.  And don't forget how many titles Loserville has won since Denny left.  That would also be ZERO!  How many years has that been?  25 or so?  Certainly not ZERO.  

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:35 pm

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

" have gotta be a moron making a statement like is Pitino's "15 seconds" of fame over.....Dude watch basketball much? 

You are either 15 years old and are just starting to grow that one pubic hair while watching basketball now or you are 50 and have spent the last 25 years in your litytle whole playing Dungeons and Dragons wacking it to gay porn. 

Pitino is a Hall of Fame coach period.  He has brought 3 different schools to Final 4 appearances and has a National Title under his belt.  I am guessing you are a homer UK fan that believes Coach Cheat is everything he isn't....and that includes ZERO National Championships.

Go back to growing your 1 pubic hair loser.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:53 am

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

I see light at the end too, Hattie.  at the end of the 2017 season.

I can imagine that this is like the gillespie years at UK for you guys, only with a future hof coach, huh?

I gotta laugh at the Card fans on ITV, they are in complete meltdown mode now, it's worthy of a look:

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:45 am

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

Why won't Coach Pitino speak to the media?  Is he suddenly camera shy?  Or are his "15 seconds" of fame finally over?  One wonders.

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:10 am

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

Geedog:  It probably means he's a sloppy writer.  That's why he also used this gem: "the Kentucky's, North Carolina's, Ohio State's and Syracuse's of the world" (using the possessive instead of the plural).  And is it "Kadeem Batts" or "Kadeem Betts?"  What, no proof editing or even spell check?

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:26 am

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

As a College Basketball Fan I was happy to see the Golden Circle (Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana) all winning and back in the top 25. But it seems as he put in the article Louisville was Fools Gold. I am still excited over Indiana and Kentucky doing well. As a Kentucky fan I'm also kind of happy to see the demise of Louisville. And I"m pretty Sure Kentucky's Womens Team could beat you guys. Just Saying GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:06 am

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues


And maybe it's time for Slick Rick to step INTO THE LIGHT. Face it, he just doesn't have IT anymore. He is a shell of what he once was. 10 years ago, he promised a National Title for Louisville. Now, he's coaching the third best team in the state of Kentucky. Yea, Louisville, Murray St. would throttle you. This will be the second straight year that Louisville was third best. And, sadly, it doesn't look to be getting any better. Heck, Slick Rick won't even address the media after games anymore. After the Kentucky loss, he refused to take the podium, and instead held his own press conference outside of the locker room with hand picked media. Last night, he sent his son, Dick....I mean Richard, to handle the press conference.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:06 am

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

haha, hattie, you see light at the end. Ummmm, that's just MIGHT be the light you see when you die? Or maybe it's a truck heading right at you? Yes, this could be one of those lulls and I really do hope it is, but not until you actually pull out of it can you see any "saving" light now can you?

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:43 am

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues


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