I was watching the Georgetown UCONN game and was thinking to myself, "Man we could really beat Georgetown if we had another shot, hell we would be undefeated if we got to take back the 5 games we have lost this season."
Which brought me back to CardChronicle, the most wonderful place on earth. I have been recently active in Open Threads but I have been on a Fan Post drought.
Which brings me to this post here, what games out of all our five losses would you want to play again on that exact same day?
(Dec. 28,2011) Georgetown- Our first loss of the season, and first loss at the KFC Yum! Center in nearly a year. The game that started the most pessimistic two week (7 game) spread in Card Chronicle history. The Cardinals were 2-5 with the two wins coming from bottom half Big East regulars St. Johns & DePaul. The loss was a fairly confidence deflating game heading into the most hyped Louisville v.Kentucky in recent history.
The game was fairly close the whole game, Georgetown had help from freshman Otto Porter who recorded a double double(14 pts, 14 rbs) and 63% shooting from outside. And conveniently three points was the difference in this game, drawing a blueprint for Louisville's poor three-point defense.
(More about three point defense in Providence section)
We take this game back and maybe go to a 3-2 zone and guard the three pointer a little bit better and be fine with Otto Porter scoring 30 on us than giving up almost every three point shot that went in? You decide.
(Dec. 31, 2011) @ Kentucky- The most anticipated game on the Cardinals schedule coming into this season. Both teams have stellar 5 star recruits coming in and both teams were ranked back to back in the Top 5, Kentucky #3 and Louisville #4.
Louisville had a rough start, as did Kentucky the first half. Both teams shot poorly but Louisville shot better from the field and from outside. Louisville would shoot 33% opposed to Kentucky’s 28%.
Louisville played very good team ball but did not have an answer for Kentucky’s playmaker Michael Kidd Gilchrist who tore us up with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Russ Smith did lead the game in scoring with career high 30 points but rebounds seemed to be the difference against 7’0 projected overall #1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft Anthony Davis.
We take this game back and play the exact same defense on the Wildcats but take away Chane Behanan’s two quick fouls followed by a technical which forced him to sit the rest of the first half and Gorgui doesn’t get two quick fouls to start the second half. We have those two rebounding monsters playing more minutes and who wins? You decide.
(Jan. 7, 2012) Notre Dame-The Irish are without leading scorer Tim Abromaitis, and haven’t won in the state of Kentucky in FOREVER, and on top of that has lost 6 of it’s road games entering this game. So Louisville is destined to handle this, wait they are playing Notre Dame where the last 4 of 5 games played against the Irish went into extra minutes.
We looked good until Luke Harangody returned back to Notre Dame and put on a Jack Cooley jersey and went off for 18 points and seemed to be the Irish answer. Although this Irish are doing really good, I am not convinced that they are a good team and we could of easily blew them out.
So we take this game back and get better guard production and get late January Peyton Siva for this game and what are the results? You decide.
(Jan. 10 2012) @ Providence- “The Bryce Cotton Show,” the “I Told You So,” the “OMG I was just kidding about you scoring 27 points on us,” game
The match-up we all( YOU GUYS) joked about, former CardChronicle phenomenon Bryce Cotton would light the Cardinals up. The funny thing about it is, he actually did. Backed behind an outstanding 5-5 three point contest by Bryce, the Friars would absolutely embarrass the 14 ranked Cardinals on national television. Louisville played the worst game since at Notre Dame back in 2009.
Cotton had the last laugh t Louisville scoring 27 points and shooting near perfect free throws(10-12) Teammate Kadeem Batts would just stand in the post while counting on lucky and-one shots to increase the Friars lead and keep the Cardinals away.
The Cards got dunked in the donut arena this night and you can bet your ass off that the first person he texted after the game was ME, and the first website he visited after the win was indeed Card Chronicle.
(Jan. 16, 2012) @ Marquette-The Golden Eagles are eager to get back at the Cardinals for last year’s YUM! Comeback.
Louisville saw the best 7 minute stretch of the season to begin the game against Marquette taking a 16 point lead before Marquette called a timeout to gather their thoughts, and it seemed like Louisville never stepped back on the court after that with Marquette storming back into the game to take a two point lead at the half.
The Smith brothers were clicking on all cylinders to start off the game then the engine was slowed down thanks to Darius Johnson-Odom who seemed like he didn't miss any mid range jump shot.
Say we get late January Peyton Siva back and a healthy Kyle Kuric and who wins? You decide.
I would love to have the Notre Dame game back. We have a mentally %100 Siva back along with better paint production like we have had on this three game streak, we blow the Irish out easily.
I think we needed a loss to humble our players so the Georgetown game really isn't a big deal and Kentucky was just plain better than us so I'm at peace with that loss as well.