Almost instantly after the big win on Saturday the whispers started: Tuesday night is setting up as a huge trap game, just like Drexel last year. Coming off a big win (like UNLV) late night game on ESPNU, with Western KY, Georgetown and Kentucky as the next three games on the calendar, and a no-name opponent coming in....the similarities are there. Add to that the most widely seen CN2 clip of all time on any subject, which I think we should just go ahead and short-hand into #ChaneQuote going forward since I'm sure we'll see it every game we play this year (especially when we are losing), and people are officially freaking out about tonight's game.
Let's hope the players are thinking the same way. But make no mistake: College of Charleston is not Drexel. We lost that game because Drexel's style killed us and we missed big shots. College of Charleston does not play that style, so if we lose, it won't be because we got "Drexel'd". It will be because CofC is a very good team. They've won a road game over Clemson and beat Tennessee (who barely lost to Memphis in 2OTs) at home, and their only loss this season was against UCF....who beat UConn.
So these guys are good. They score a lot and shoot well from the floor, and they have a scorer in Antwaine Wiggins who can hit big shots: he sank one with 11 seconds left to win their last game. They aren't particularly deep: only 7 guys see real minutes.
Louisville Will Win: If they give an extraordinary performance, not just a good performance, not just a mediocre performance. If they are great at all times.
College of Charleston Will Win: If they give an extraordinary performance, not just a good performance, not just a mediocre performance. If they are great at all times.
That joke will be this year's J-Bone: hilarious to (or at least acknowledged by) regular attendees of the KFC Yum! Center and not gotten by out-of-towners. Sorry.
CardsFan922 Prediction: Close game throughout, CofC gets a 6 point lead late in the 1st half but the Cards depth and defense take hold in the 2nd and we pull away with late free throws to win by 5-7 points.