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Coaching in the Cincinnati game was suspect

After watching the Cincinnati vs Louisville game, I thought UL was obviously the better team. We played poorly and the line ups CRP kept putting in were bad combination of players. I thought the game plan was not executed well. I aslo noticed Chane Behanan who was playing well sit the bench for a lenghty period of time, He wasnt in foul trouble. I thought we should have used Gorgui Dieng in the high post for an entry pass to Behanan, taking Yancy Gates away from the rim and limited his rebounding. We should have made a serious effort to feed the ball into the post to Gorgui and Chane,that would have opened up Chris Smith and Kyle Kuric for a better shot selection from three point range, they were guarded like glue. I also didnt understand us playing a half court game with Cincinnati, because if the pace would have been faster I believe we would have out shot them. Example the Xavier game earlier in the year CINCINNATI GOT BLOWN OUT BY a fast paced four guard line up, it was not a good idea for UL because we played a half court game and we got out hustled for loose and 50/50 balls. It was apparent CINCINNATI wanted to win this game more. We were also careless with the ball, but Siva played a great game but niether Russ or Siva had any good steals. Kyle was playing too lackadaisical he did not play a great game at all the effort was not there, it was probably his worst game of the year. CRP did not get this team fired up enough to win that game. We were the better team, I thought it was obvious but our execution, attitudes and game plan failed miserably. The University of Louisville needs a leader, either it be one or two of our seniors or coach Rick Pitino. Some one has got to step up and fire this team up, and get those attitudes roaring with a passion to win! I'd like to see this team huddle up after a bad play at the free throw line and put their heads together and talk amongst them selves. The perfect time for a leader to say something to motivate his team mates. CRP has got to encourage his players or a player to step and take that role. It's also time to stop Jumbling the line up and substituting constantly especially if a player isn't in foul trouble and is playing well ,to pull that player from the game is suspect and I ask the question why ? We need a solid 5 players to gel and play solid minutes together with timely substitutions. We can't afford to continue to allow players without enough big game experience to play at critical pionts in close games. To allow a player that hasnt logged solid minutes for the season to come in and make mental errors, is out of the question, it's too deep in the season to expect productive minutes from those players . We need to make a run and experimenting time is over and attitudes are key. We need to pound a killer instinct and desire to win, in our players heads. That is totally up to coach and our senior leaders from here on out to create a burning desire and plant that seed to want to win and to win it all . Ask the question ,Do you want to be a Champion? Do you want to make basketball a career, well Its time to play like it. This is the time of year when you look at coach Pitino to create that magic he has been known for through out his coaching career. Make this team believe ,have the right attitude and and do a good job coaching it makes all the difference. On another note I'd like to mention that the remainder of the games that are left the schedule for Cincinnati leaves them in good shape to get that # 4 seed and the double bye in the big east tournament. We could very well be the #5 seed and could possibly get a rematch with Cincinnati. I think this sets up as a good coaching strategy to beat that same Cincinnati team and gives UL plenty of motivation for revenge and can build the right attitude needed entering into the NCAA tournament. Ironically remember last year we swept UConn in the regular season they come back and beat us in the Big east tournament championship and they go on to win it all. This Louisville team is finding themselves in a similar scenario. Is there some good coaching going on or is it mere cowensadence. I think the Cincinnati game looked like a coach saying to him self we are good if win the game and could possibly be better if we lose. I don't know just a thought.

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