Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Louisville at South Florida recap

The Louisville team that was highly-ranked in the pre-season made a guest-appearance in South Florida, a team that took over the game despite T-Will and Samardo Samuels being in foul trouble. There were contributions from the bench, #23 Jenkins being a monster on defense, Delk being productive and such. Sosa did not have a meltdown this time, which was another plus.

On the South Florida side, Stan Heath is in a rather intriguing position. On one hand, no one can blame him for finishing 16th in the Big East for the next 2-3 years, on the other hand, he has something he wouldn't have had in a smaller conference - opportunity for HUGE in-conference wins. But it is also reasonable that they will likely finish at the bottom of the Mega East for the next 2-3 years. A calculated risk, but the upside is bigger than the downside.

Especially since he has managed to bring in some promising transfers, including the latest Ohio State transfer. And if it wasn't for the Mike Mercer injury...

But perhaps the most important part of the game was the "Big Man Clinic" provided by Len Elmore as he exposed players and coaches alike for their lack of teaching the fundamentals of the game ;-)

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