That wasn’t a pretty performance overall, but at this point, I’ll take it. I mocked Coach Pitino when he said free throws were the reason Louisville lost to Georgetown and Notre Dame. Although those weren’t two of the best games for the Cards this season, he is right. Free throw shooting down the stretch dictates wins and losses. That appeared to be the case tonight. The Cards were 24-34 from the line, making 10 of 12 in the final four minutes.
I thought tonight was one of the poorest officiated games I’ve seen all season. There was no consistency on either side the entire night. Had Chane Behanan played more than 18 minutes, he may have posted career high’s in both rebounds and points. In limited action the 5-star freshman scored 14 points and grabbed 7 boards. He has really taken his game to another level over the past two games.
Peyton Siva seems to have turned the corner. I’m really hoping this isn’t a temporary thing. Siva played with a lot of confidence tonight, which makes everything better for this team. He finished with 16 points, 5 assists, and just 1 turnover. This is was Siva’s first double digit scoring game since Dec. 28 against Georgetown.
Kuric didn’t have his best shooting night, but it was good to see him stay aggressive. Kyle has to assert himself for this team to reach their potential. At this point I’d love to see the offense run through both Kuric and Behanan. I think the smaller 4-guard line-up works wonders at times, but tonight didn’t appear to be one of those nights. The Cards were dominated in the paint from start to finish.
There is still some work to do, but overall it looks like this team is heading in the right direction. This team’s overall moral seems to much improved over the last couple of weeks.