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A Historic Stinker : Louisville 54 Arkansas St. 27

Posted by frankpos on November 22, 2011

Near the end of a punishingly bad 22-12 first half, my pen had long since ceased to write…hell, my pulse barely still  twitched.

How bad was it?

Senior co-captain Chris Smith alley oops one to the King. C5 dished 7 dimes to easily lead the team, and garner post -game praise from Pitino.

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Each team had shot under 33% from the floor–and under 20% on free throws.

Both teams had more turnovers than assists– the Red Wolves an astonishing 16 TO’s to only 1 assist.

And the referees had splashed their own mustard on this mess with over 30 called fouls.

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Gorgui Dieng rejection #2 of his 4 for the game. Dieng came alive in the second half scoring all of his 10 pts then, and added 7 boards for the game, as the Cards pulled away on the boards and in the scoring margin at the end.

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The Cards finally caught fire some in the second half, but this was still no offensive performance to feel good about.

Chris Smith didn’t get the most points or rebounds, but he stood out with 7 assists, and earned the praise of Coach Pitino after the game.

In fact, for obvious reasons, Pitino obviously did not dwell much on the offense. But he did wax euphoric about the D.

"Russ See TV " was in full display again, as Russ Smith started at the point again, filling in for Siva. Russ jacked up 10 shots and made 3, with only one assist--but with only one turnover too. Still has not seen a shot he doesn't like, but a little less out of control. Back to the 2 spot, Russ...

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And deservedly so.  This IS a good defensive team.  And they have polished some historic gems recently.

Wrap your mind around some of this:

For the first time in 65 years (since 1946), Louisville held four straight opponents to fewer than 55 points.

The 12 points the Cards surrendered in the first half were fewest for any opponent since the 1972-1973 season.  And it could have been well before that–the box scores just aren’t available to check.  The famous, long time U of L score crew were stumped–no one could ever remember such a thing.

No Cardinal opponent had scored fewer points in a game since Nichols Hospital in 1947–yes, that’s Hospital, as in doctors and nurses.

"King Kyle" Kuric drives to the hoop for one of his team leading 12 points. Later, Kuric was ripped by Pitino for "selfish" play that disrupted the O flow in the first half.

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Arkansas St. had not scored so low a total in a game  since 1981— five years before the shot clock was started.

But…let’s not get too carried away with D now.  We do have to score some.  And I can  tell you that this team, without Siva, still struggles to score.  Which is a concern, with teams like Long Beach St. next Monday, and then  Vanderbilt, already on the near horizon.

Coach Pitino downplayed Peyton Siva’s ability to play well in the next few games, saying Bullet did just as well against ASU as Siva will be able to do in his  first few games back.

I hope that is just Pitino-speak, and that Peyton is truly  ready to put his foot on the gas.  I–and others– have said from the start that Siva is the straw that stirs our drink.  And I say it’s obviously time for some stirring….

Ck out Matt Wickham’s game  photos for Hell in the Hall  http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylures/sets/72157628106081397/detail/

Even reserve center Zach Price got in on the fun with this royal flush....

Umm, the Ladybirds were there too....

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