Originally posted on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 12/1/12
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The University of Louisville was due an easy win with all the positive things that had gone UofL’s way during the week. The school getting invited to the ACC, the football team earning a BCS berth. Difficult challenges, major hurdles to overcome. Fans maybe saving their emotions for showdowns in soccer and women’s basketball. Rick Pitino had warned that Illinois State was a dangerous basketball team. But his team wasn’t listening, probably writing it off as coach speak, the pontificator exaggerating again. His players showing up flat, playing uninspired basketball, until their backs are against the wall against a very good team. UofL would eke out a 69-66 win, the game ending on a play leaving some puzzled looks from the ISU coaching staff. You know, the old three-point shooter jumping into the defender ploy. This set of officials wasn’t falling for it, fortunately. Russ Smith, with Pitino echoing in his ears all game long, turning the ball over five time, but partially redeem him...
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