Originally posted on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 11/11/12
Earliest opening game ever, presumably cutting short preparation time for fitting all pieces of the puzzle. Fixing things on the run. Fortunately for the University for Louisville, unfortunately for Manhattan College, the combination of Hurricane Sandy and The Super Storm left Manhattan with even less time to get ready. The visitors were also minus their leading scorer. The awkward ebb and flow of the basketball game, of course, could also have been attributed to the fact that Rick Pitino and Steve Masiello knew exactly what the other team was going to do in advance. Manhattan was simply outmanned. The result: Louisville 79, Manhattan 51. One more game, Samford, and 11 days between now and the Battle 4 Atlantis to work out some obvious kinks, with the objective of some resembling the Louisville team that is picked among the top three teams in the nation. The talent is there, Rick Pitino needs more time to oil the engine. No problem with defense, at least not Sunday, forcing Manhattan into
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