Even under perfect circumstances, Manhattan coach Steve Masiello knew it would be extremely difficult to knock off No. 2 Louisville.
The past few weeks have been anything but perfect for the Jaspers.
Manhattan lost 79-51 to Louisville in Sunday's season opener. But the Jaspers have been dealing with more serious concerns.
The first was Superstorm Sandy that crippled New York City, followed days later by a Nor'easter. Manhattan's only exhibition game against C.W. Post was cancelled due to issues surrounding the storms.
''This is the first time we've played under lights,'' Masiello said.
Then the Jaspers' leading scorer, senior guard George Beamon, injured his ankle on Friday and didn't play.
Masiello described the scene at Manhattan: a fallen tree pulled down power lines that knocked out electricity. That caused his team to practice in ''probably 12 different gyms'' before Sunday.
''I give our kids so much credit because not one time did they make an excuse. They just did ever...