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Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

Posted on: February 2, 2009 2:54 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2009 9:00 pm
 

Here's Monday Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Who wins: Louisville or UConn?

-- Lou

I don't get excited about many games to the point where I can't wait for tip-off, but this one falls under that category. What we have tonight is the nation's No. 1 team (Connecticut) against the team that is playing like the nation's No. 1 team (Louisville), and it should come as no suprise that the Cards are the favorites at home in Freedom Hall.

Official line: Louisville minus 2.5 points.

My advice: Wrong team favored! Take the Huskies.

 

Comments

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2009 10:06 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

Thanks for the very objective assessment of last night's game.  You're absolutely right, of course.  UConn isn't that good, and Louisville isn't that bad.  On this particular night, UConn had complete control of the game--except that UConn scored only 68 points, about 12 below their season average.  So Louisville must have been doing something right. UConn turned the ball over 16 times (Louisville 18); the Cardinals were very pesky, even though the press wasn't very effective.  If Louisville had been able to convert the steals and unforced errors into points, the game would have been much closer.  (UConn really is a tough defensive team, and it showed last night.)

I expect to see much more from Louisville in coming weeks.  One "down" game does not a season make, and the Cardinals are still in the hunt for the Big East championship with only one loss--just like the Huskies.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2009 2:20 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

HI GARY

 As an avid Louisville fan--hats off to UConn --They did beat us !  They Are a very tough team & I give them their due, however --as an ex-athelete , Coach & avid  fan --I learned early that  " No one is Nearly as Great as they look after a great win & No one is Nearly as bad as they might look after a bad lose"...In other words -- given a Few minor alterations or a different day--- Phanthom fouls, series of "walking" violations ,  24 to 2 free throws , etc.. Things could be different---Knowing Pitino's prowess & moxey--You don't want to face Louisville now & you can count on a different result down the road ,ie the Garden & Beast & NCAA tourneys.....Again -- Nothing taken away from Uconn.. UL & UConn are two of the toughest & Best teams in America & will Prove it in MARCH...(If they haven't yet)..Even with the ACC teams automatic "home court" gimmees in NCAA.......Stay Tuned & Have a Great Day---   RICK




Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2009 12:33 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

Thank you for that.  Right now, there aren't many teams that can give the Huskies a real fight--as long as they don't start believing what they're hearing from most commentators.  Nothing will kill a team faster than thinking they've won a game before they've played it.  Ask the Duke team from the 1999 NCAA championship game.




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2009 9:34 am
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

I just saw the numbers: UConn scored 61 of their 68 points from the paint and free throw line. As impressive as Louisville can be with their press, teams with good guards and a solid front line will be hard for Louisville to beat. It was truly a dominant performance for the new #1 team in the country.




Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2009 10:17 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

I meant to say that TZToronto was one fo the smartest people ever.  He was dead on with his prediction.




Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2009 9:02 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

I just updated by prediction.




Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2009 8:58 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

So, the game just ended.  You may be the smated person ever.  Everything you said UConn would do happened.  Hats off to the Huskies for their DOMINANT performance.




Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2009 8:46 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

Gary,

FYI...look back at my second comment (on your article: Georgia Fires Felton) on 1/29 and see who I suggest Georgia might try to hire...Cool




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2009 6:44 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

Based on the past performance of the teams ranked #1 in the country losing, UConn should be in trouble. But it's not going to happen tonight, not against this Louisville team. The Huskies will dominate the paint, and put Louisville away late.




Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2009 4:08 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Louisville-UConn)

OK, you may be right.  We'll know by 9:00 tonight.  However, if UConn can break the L'ville press (going over the top with a guy who's 7'3" tall might work), then the Cardinals could be in trouble.  If the Huskies can go inside to score or draw fouls, then the Cardinals could be in trouble.  If the Huskies play defense in the second half the way they've played in recent games, then the Cardinals could be in trouble. 

On the other hand, if Thatbeet, Dyson, Price, and Robinson disappear--and it could happen--or if the press flusters the Huskies, then the UConn Husky will return to Storrs with its tail between its legs. 

In many ways, the two teams match up very closely. but UConn hasn't lost on the road this season.  This isn't the soft Husky team of last year, two years ago, and three years ago.  The only advantage the Cardinals have tonight is the Freedom Hall crowd.  If the Huskies can dominate early and take that away from the Cardinals, the 4-point home-court advantage will drift away.

Granted, there are lots of IFs here, but, like the Cardinals, the Huskies are playing like the country's #1 team--and they have the ranking to prove it!

 

 



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