Quick reaction: Cards defeat Huskies 76-64
Without watching the game for a second time, I will just give my quick analysis and reaction to the Louisville-UConn game. It seems like it is always a close one when we play at UConn and this one was no different. When it looked like the Cards had pulled away, UConn made a late run, but luckily it was not enough. Louisville held on to win 76-64.
Montrezl Harrell certainly came to play. The sophomore forward finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He controlled the game in the paint for the Cards. He also had the 15-17 foot jump shot going, which adds a whole new element to his game. If he is hitting that consistently, watch out.
After scoring only 5 points in the 1st half, Russ Smith put the team on his back in the 2nd half, finishing with 23 points and 4 rebounds. He was also 12-15 from the free throw line.
Shabazz Napier did everything he could to keep UConn in the game. He scored a career high 30 points while hitting 5 three pointers. While he is exciting to watch, I won’t be upset when we don’t have to face him anymore. Anytime he shot a 3, it seemed like it had a great chance of going in. That kid is certainly a ball player.
A very big play down the stretch happened with 1:59 left to play. With the Cards leading 67-60 and UConn looking to close the gap, Luke Hancock broke up an alley-oop that would have sent the arena in a frenzie and cut the lead down to 5 with under 2 minutes to play. Louisville ended up with possession and Russ Smith hit a baseline jumper to push the lead to 9. That 4 point swing was HUGE!
In regards to the play that ended up getting Kevin Ollie ejected, I really don’t think there was a foul there. The guy for UConn tried to jump into Blackshear, which is not a foul. And he didn’t even do a good job at that. There was very little contact. I am not just being a homer there, I really think it would have been a cheap foul to call.
Just when some people talk about the Cards struggling this season, they absolutely destroy Houston and then pick up a big road win at UConn. Next up is USF on Wednesday on the road, then a week off before a big game against Cincinnati on January 30.
Posted on January 18, 2014, in Basketball, Louisville Athletics and tagged Connecticut Huskies, Kevin Ollie, louisville cardinals, Luke Hancock, Montrezl Harrell, Rick Pitino, russ smith, Shabazz Napier, Wayne Blackshear. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.