Simple as that guys, our defense keeps up and we will be cutting down the nets tonight.
Our defense gave Marquette's stellar back court fits and didn't fall victim to Notre Dame's stall ball burn offense. We trapped both of those teams as soon as they got the ball forcing turnovers, forcing them to play the tempo we want to play.
I do not know why it took this long for everyone to re-group, The Garden does that too you I guess. Kemba Walker had a fabulous run at the Garden Last year as did De'Sean Butler two years ago. This year the man leading the pack in MSG is the sleeper of the tournament, Peyton Siva.
Peyton has finally lived up to expectations as regards to his ability to carry the team when they most needed it. Louisville lost the last two games of the season and closed out its second season at the YUM! Center with a loss to bubble South Florida, a team Cincinnati beat earlier in the season.
Cincinnati did however beat Georgetown, who beat Louisville in the regular season, and beat Syracuse who also beat Louisville twice.
Cincinnati did lose badly to Marquette about a month ago in a game where Marquette played trap defense to cause Cincy to turn the ball over 14 times. Marquette did a great job getting points off turnovers in that February 11 match, a match where Marquette was second in the Big East.
We beat Marquette using their defensive style with our own little secret "Rick Pitino in March" ingredient. We trapped one of the best back courts in the conference which included Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder. We forced them into throwing turnovers and getting quickly back on offense and got Siva going fast.
So if we play the same defense that we have been playing since Thursday when we took care of the #2 Golden Eagles and #3 seeded Irish, then I think we will have no problem taking care of #4 seeded Cincy.
Lets go get em' CARDS! See you guys in open thread.