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Say “Top 20″ : U of L 77- UNLV 69

Posted by frankpos on December 12, 2010

Reserve Chris Smith exploded for a career night--17 pts, 6 bounds, and 2 assists--to garner the most minutes played (32) and the MVP honors for the Billy Minardi Classic.

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I’m officially kinda excited…

Let me tell you– UNLV is the real deal.  Legit Top 20. Very well balanced and well coached. A bit on the small side, but legit.

So … if UNLV is Top 20….what does that make us?

Preston Knowles shot nothing but 0's in the first half--then scorched UNLV in the second half with 20 pts.

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I tell you what it makes me at least…   Sweet Sixteen excited…like in DeJuan Wheat-1996 — which was reached the last time Louisville started the season with better than 7 W’s in a row.

The Cards won on a night when its starters couldn’t hit a lick in the first half.  When Mike Marra continued his nightmare from last game , with an  0 -fer 8…and Peyton Siva and Preston Knowles added 4 more 0-fers –  a total of 13-o-fers from from starters including Rakeem Buckles… against a legit, well balanced top 20 team, who showed it, while fully controlling the Cards in the first half.

It’s amazing we weren’t down by more than 5 at the half…

"King Kyle" Kuric somehow wandered out of a horrible season and a concussion to re-appear, Lazurus-like, and pour in 5 of 8 3-balls to help lead us throughout the game.

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But…. let me tell you

THIS is the “special sauce” for this year’s team:

THIS  is a TEAM.  We find a way to win.  With a true team effort ,  by a  bunch of good, young, unselfish players–and lots of unselfish passing.  No-stars…no  egos…..

George Goode came in and had a great first half when all TJ could do was goose-eggs. (TJ finally came alive the second half.)

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How did we do it this game–with a very sound UNLV team seemingly in control?

We hang in the game with unexpected performances by reserves (Smith, Kuric, and Goode) in the first half,…and then flip a 9 pt deficit in the second half into a very controlled 8 pt win, with a resurgence of some starters (Knowles and Jennings),  combined with continued career nights from some of those reserves.

This is a TEAM....

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It’s truly  fun to watch…and it excites me  to think of the upside potential of this team this year

AND,  particularly next year coupled with the new top 5 class coming in.

As for this year… on comes Drexel and then Gardner-Webb–again, all  at The Bucket.

Where we are still undefeated….8-0.  And frankly…as was proven today–and previously at the  women’s sell-out games against UT and UK…. Opponents  get rattled big-time in the deafening din of  The  Bucket.

Ohh….And as far as that  special New Year’s Eve date with Big Blue….

Bring.     Them.     On.

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Ck out 100+ pics of the game taken by Matt Wickham, the main photog for Hell in the Hall, http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylures/sets/72157625452470239/

Reserves Chris Smith and George Goode--gloriously--have their day in the sun.

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Gratuitous LadyBird video…

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