Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 12/1/12

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 22: Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals is pictured during the game against the Morgan State Bears on November 22, 2009 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 90-81. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Louisville’s performance in the first half was as bad as I’ve seen this team play in the last few years. The Cards looked very lethargic and were getting outworked by a veteran and talented Illinois State team. Although the Cards didn’t have a strong performance overall, the effort in the second half made a huge difference and led to a 69-66 win over one of the best mid-major teams in the country. As much as I ******* on Twitter about Louisville’s performance (I know it was a lot), it’d be wrong to not give Illinois State a lot of credit. Tyler Brown and Jackie Carmichael may be as good of a 1-2 punch that Louisville will see all season. Brown hit some unbelievable shots this afternoon, leading all scorers with 25 points. Carmichael took advantage of Louisville being without Dieng, proving that he is one of the tough top front-court players in the country. He finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Peyton Siva didn’t lead Louisville in scoring, but his play down the stretch won this...
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