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What's Wrong With the Cardinals?


It's starting to feel more and more like an NIT year, my friends.

It's quite possible, as much as it pains me to say this for my hatred of everything John Calipari, that the Cardinals need to enroll in his school of "defending without fouling." There are a number of bad plays, bad shot attempts early in the shot clock, and turnovers that keep hampering us every game, but realistically, here's what you need to know about last night:

Louisville: 4 for 10 from the free throw line
Marquette: 16 for 18 from the free throw line
= Marquette +12 from the charity stripe

There's more than the 11 point difference on the score board last night RIGHT THERE. Louisville hit one more shot from the field that Marquette did, and Marquette hit one more three than Louisville did, but the Golden Eagles attempted nearly twice as many free throws as we did, and hit FOUR TIMES as many.

*Why aren't we getting to the line?
*Why aren't we consistently hitting freebies when we do get there? (Against DePaul: almost 80%, against Marquette, 40%)
*Why do ALL of our opponents get into the bonus before the under 12 media timeout in both halves???
*Why do ALL of our opponents shoot 2x as many freebies or more than we do?

You HAVE TO make the free ones, especially with a team like this that doesn't hit the 3 consistently.

I also write about the Cardinals for Examiner.com
Links to my other stuff:
http://www.examiner.com/louisville-cardinals-in-louisville/troy-yount
http://www.examiner.com/louisville-cardinals-in-louisville/louisville-falls-at-marquette-63-74
http://www.examiner.com/louisville-cardinals-in-louisville/the-big-east-expansion-as-of-12-23-2011-review?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

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