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Young Cardinals show poise in win

Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Posted by Jeff Borzello

After Pittsburgh’s Brad Wanamaker hit a shot with 17 seconds left in regulation to forge a tie against Louisville, followed by Wanamaker and Gary McGhee both coming up with blocks on the ensuing defensive possession, many people thought the Cardinals would fold in overtime to a more experienced Pittsburgh bunch.

Think again.

In the extra session, Louisville scored the first four points en route to a 62-59 victory. In fact, if not for a moronic cheerleader earning a technical foul, the Cardinals would have held Pittsburgh to just one point in overtime.

The Cardinals forced three turnovers and allowed the Panthers to attempt just one shot from the field in the first four minutes of overtime.

There’s only one senior on Louisville’s roster, but the Cardinals demonstrated poise normally reserved for a team like Pittsburgh. Moreover, junior Terrence Jennings and senior Preston Knowles struggled throughout the game, combining for 11 points on 4-of-19 shooting.

The key for Louisville was its perimeter trio of sophomores Peyton Siva and Mike Marra, and junior Kyle Kuric. Kuric had 12 points, including a 3-pointer and clinching dunk in overtime; Marra went for 11 points, knocking down timely shots; and Siva finished with 14 points and three assists.

Heading into March, the Cardinals are starting to turn some of their detractors into believers. On short notice, they are going to be a difficult team to face, due to their pressure defense and half-court zone defense. Offensively, they are nearly impossible to stop when their 3-pointers are falling. Additionally, Siva is a player who can create shots at the end of games – something that every successful NCAA Tournament needs.

Most importantly, their young players are developing into battle-tested players who show composure when it matters. 

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Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win

maybe ill give u that.  last yr was still in my head.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win

maybe ill give u that.  last yr was still in my head.



Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:35 am
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win

The corn fields are in Indiana and Western Kentucky.



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win

  I would be making sure to play pretty tight defense too if a guy that looks like Al Pacino with a white suit on is glaring at me from the sideline.  Next thing you know he wants to watch you jog through some cornfields; bad sign!



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win

Louisville is another good team in the Big East. This conference is loaded. There are no great teams, but come NCAA tourney time, they'll be loading up in the sweet 16 and will get one or 2 in the Final 4. The Big East is the best and deepest country in the land.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win

Plus the most Big East road wins of any team, since joining the conference in 2006



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win

"Lousiville is a good team, especially at home.  the last few years they have not been consistent enough in the NCAA tour."

FAIL.

2010: 1ST ROUND, RECORD 0-1
2009: ELITE 8, RECORD 3-1
2008: ELITE 8, RECORD 3-1
2007 2ND ROUND, RECORD 1-1
2006: NIT
2005: FINAL FOUR, RECORD 4-1

Combined record over last 5 years, 11-5.
 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win

nice blog.. DELAWARE!



Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win

Show Marra some love for his defensive contest on PITT's final shot and subsequent rebound that led to Kyle's two-hand, cocked behind the head throw down with exclamation point dunk!
This UofL team doesn't quit and never gives up! The tradition lives on in Da Ville!
GO CARDS!!!



Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:00 am
 

Young Cardinals show poise in win



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