Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 11/25/13
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Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports College Basketball games in the month of November mean absolutely nothing. Sure, that sounds like an excuse for the terrible performance we saw yesterday from Rick Pitino’s team, but it’s not. Although the Cards played about as bad as they could, the game means nothing. Although there are obvious areas that need some serious improvement, yesterday’s game shouldn’t give anyone a reason to panic. ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman highlighted Louisville’s three biggest weaknesses on the defensive end in his Monday column. 1. Smith and Jones will need to be as disruptive as the duo of Smith and Siva were a year ago, although the new handchecking rules are making it more difficult for guys like this to be effective without using their hands.  2. Harrell and Behanan will have to stay out of foul trouble. Harrell grabbed 10 boards and Behanan had nine, but Harrell was on the bench in crunch time, and the Cardinals lack quality frontcourt depth.  3...
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