UofL BASKETBALL | Card's are ready for step up in competition

12/17/2015 05:57 PM

The no. 19 Louisville Cardinals are winning by an average of 31.5 points this season. Pitino’s team is scoring in bunches, averaging 87 points per game. But now take a step back and ask yourself if you actually heard of every single team they have played this season. Kennesaw State was the one that stumped me.

Kennesaw was the latest landslide victory for the Cardinals, winning 94-57, but the Owls came to Louisville for a paycheck. Kennesaw’s coach Al Skinner was an old friend and teammate of Pitino from his playing days at Umass. Kennesaw is relatively young as a Division I program and need to build a athletic budget that allows them to recruit and grow. Kennesaw was going to lose this game. Samford was going to lose. Grand Canyon was going to lose.

Now it is just waiting to see if a softly constructed non-conference schedule will pay dividends for this Louisville team. A largely reconstructed Louisville team. They have done what they were supposed to in these blowout wins, and then some. They score at ease, the limit their opponents scoring to 55 points a game, and the fact they took top ranked Michigan State to the wire is a promising sign of Louisville potential.

But the Spartans are the only game that Louisville has been tested in, and one tough game in your first nine is clearly leaving Louisville fans, and even Louisville coaches something to be desired.


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