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UConn-Louisville all about the backcourts

Posted on: March 12, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 2:19 pm
 

When UConn forward Alex Oriakhi got up from the postgame presser Friday night, he let out an “oh, man. Oh, shoot” as a moved his sore body from the podium to the hallway, where another 20 minutes of interviews awaited him.

He was achy, and he admitted it.

There’s a concern for Connecticut about the repercussions of playing five games in five days. Not in terms of playing for the Big East title, which it will do Saturday night at 9 p.m., but for the long-term effects of the NCAA tournament.

There’s no precedence for a five-games-in-five-days run. So, going forward, as good as this is, if Connecticut loses in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, this gauntlet will be blamed — right or wrong — as much as anything else. That’s the distraction (?) Connecticut has to deal with.

Its opponent, Louisville, has no such side chatter. A team that’s not exactly rife with future NBA players has continued to win and make Rick Pitino look like one of the smartest coaches in the game. Some have said this is Pitino’s best coaching job. Pitino himself stated after Louisville’s win over Cincinnati Thursday night that he hasn’t had this much fun with a group since 1987, when he coached Providence to the Final Four.

Saturday night in Madison Square Garden, we’ll be treated to the first Big East title game to feature teams who have multiple national titles. And both teams are certainly steaming heading into this. You’ve got UConn with its four-game winning streak and all that mojo Kemba Walker brings; and Louisville charges in after it overcame its largest halftime deficit this season in its win over Notre Dame Friday night.

Some think this is a pretty unpredictable Big East final, and in a way, yes, but think about it: Connecticut is undefeated, 7-0, in tournament-format games so far this season. So, from that perspective, the Huskies’ appearance isn’t all that shocking. And Louisville hasn’t looked bad all that much this season. Both teams will be seeded fifth or better in the tournament. This isn’t a couple of lightweights, not by any means.

The guard matchup should be fantastic, as Preston Knowles and Peyton Siva (right) will line up against Walker and Shabazz Napier. The game will most definitely be won or lost on the play of the boys in the backcourt, it seems.

A final thought to leave you with. Will we get one more overtime game? If that happens, it will be a Big East tournament record. Enough of them have already been broken this year — what’s one more?

Posted by Matt Norlander

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Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 10:40 pm
 

UConn-Louisville all about the backcourts

Today was a very very bad day for Louisville basketball, our big's showed up and played their asses off, but our guards were shook up the whole game,. You replay that game and and tell me that play where Siva went to the ground and got up limping he wasn't fouled, tell my why the committee paired us up with MOREHEAD in the first round, our last three or four games have ran late, into the a.m hours and then we fly to the Mile High City and play in Denver, Colorado, at 1:40 in the afternoon,  a place where only the night before Chris Smith's older brother J.R. went off in the 4th quarter. It just wasn't our day, even worse than losing the game, I was really disappointed to see the way Knowles ended his career, our only senior, a low key kinda quiet streaky shooter that made the city of Louisville proud, and will be missed. I give 100% credit to MOREHEAD, they played TENACIOUS defense, it was really impressive, however I thought our bigs outplayed them inside, we were just ice cold and the referees were really letting them play physical, nto calling fouls when our guards took it to them and they threw their body and arms all over us, our guys got beat down, come on.
On an up note we always have a lot to look forward to, Charlie Strong is the greatest football coach in America and we love him here in Louisville, expect to see him do a lot of good things with our football program.
And next year expect to see Pitino dazzle you, again, and again, and again, and again, and again, we always hae a magical team because of coach P, even on a loss that's all we have to think about to know, win or lose, were always going to be a top program. PlanetRED baby




Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:16 am
 

UConn-Louisville all about the backcourts

Thanks for trolling our forums,



Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2011 9:03 pm
 

UConn-Louisville all about the backcourts

Sorry but these two teams are pretty average.... You're not fooling anybody with the coverage of this tournament, we all know that the best teams are Ohio State, Kansas, and Duke. Uconn and Louisville arnt even really serious final four contenders, I'd pick BYU, SDSU and Texas above them.



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: March 12, 2011 8:25 pm
 

UConn-Louisville all about the backcourts

Its opponent, Louisville, has no such side chatter. A team that’s not exactly rife with future NBA players has continued to win and make Rick Pitino look like one of the smartest coaches in the game. Some have said this is Pitino’s best coaching job. Pitino himself stated after Louisville’s win over Cincinnati Thursday night that he hasn’t had this much fun with a group since 1987, when he coached Providence to the Final Four.

can u post comments from cincinaati after this game as well? lol would love to see them,

nice article but get your facts straight.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2011 8:24 pm
 

UConn-Louisville all about the backcourts

Great post Hattie. They are truly a special tem. 



Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 7:45 pm
 

UConn-Louisville all about the backcourts

Huskies in a close one.  Go UCONN!!



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2011 6:00 pm
 

UConn-Louisville all about the backcourts

***   GO CARDS !!!   Couldn't be Prouder of these  Cards this year ..  Picked to finish 8th in BE.. No returnees, Team of underclasmen who endured 12 Injuries to 10 guys missing 27 games  & our 2 power forwards still out... They finish 3rd in BE, Hopefully win BE tourney & looking at #3 or even a 2 seed in NCAAs... WOW!!   In last 30 days alone--They beat Marq., Cuse, Uconn., Pitt., 7 N.Dame -- WOW!!  Who else has done Anything like That ???  They are the most unselfish team I've seen with Unreal Heart, Hustle & Depth. Lastly a Great Coach with a Great Game plan & Execution... Parrish, Palm, Others -- Stuck on RPIs, SOS, Occs, BS ,ETCs... Gotta realize you win them On the Court -Not on your laptop... Watch them & enjoy Real College Hoop .. They Truly Play for Name on Front of their Jerseys & As a LONG time UofL avid fan -- This Team is very Special--Trust me !..... Only thiing even better -- Next year --They AL return except Knowles BUT with 3-4 Mc Donalds HS ALL-AMERICANS ...  WOW!!!   Only disturbing fact is That They get overlooked by the Networks & Writers .. NO SUPER STAR, No "pretty record" , Not a "draw" like others , no man-crushes or etc.. SO- They have to MORE than earn their Respect...  Well- I think they have & maybe we might read on CBS front BB page That UofL beat  #4 ND last nite to advance to BE Championship Instead of or along with Every little Thing DUKE or UNC or SYRACUSE did yesterday Even if it was a loss or close game over an average team,etc.. UofLs win in BE Semis was more Noteworthy .. But nearly Absent.. But thats par.. Rankings ??  Parrish trys to keep to many folks happy .. Last week-- Cuse-jumps 6-7 spots for beating Depaul, Cripled G-town & then flailing  NOVA... UNC jumps like 10 spots for one win over Duke & one over Fla St.  followed up by all week articles about UNC..... ...UofL.. After & During the 30day stretch above listed  Dropped one game to Ranked W.Va on road due do 0.5 sec. error & they Drop in Garys Poll.. Go Figure!!... Another story !!  AGAIN--  Couldn't Be Prouder of this TEAM & hopefully They will Do us Proud in NCAASs... BUT--GIVE THEM THEIR DUE   !!!


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