Originally written on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 11/22/11

The good thing about playing down to the competition’s level is that there won’t be that many Arkansas States on the schedule.

People checking the basketball line scores, noting the 54-27 outcome, may conclude that the University of Louisville was playing some hellacious defense. The truth is neither team was getting after the ball or doing much with it in their possession.

Lazy ball, awkward and sluggish. Check the cell phone, any messages? Is it even on? Almost as relaxing as the average baseball game, lots of daydreaming, checking out the great new arena for the umpteenth time.

  • Even Gogui Dieng not much into the game, having to sit out the beginning of the second half, giving Stephan Van Treese a rare start.  Even Van Treese didn’t seem that excited, howver.
  • Chane Behanan looking like an average 6-foot-8 player for a change but still pulling in six rebounds. Nice double-take in the huddle when he realizes that Rick Pitino is getting on his case for the first time. Who, me?
  • Elisha Justice may getting back up to speed although it’s hard to tell against an Arkansas State, playing decent point guard, making sound decisions, along with some surprising offensive moves. He’ll get there, wait and see.
  • Kyle Kuric not really needed, getting to watch much of the action but still the leading scorer with 12 points.
  • Just can’t get over the change in Jared Swopshire. If he weren’t behind Kuric and Behanan, one would anticipate him getting back in the starting lineup by the end of January.

UofL can do without those long scoring droughts, even during yawn-inducing games.


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