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.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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