First things first hats off to these seniors and this team for giving us everything they had and more. I could not be more proud of the what you all did for this University.
One thing about this team that we knew from the beginning was that they were not the best at closing out games. Really the only game we closed out was against Cincy with a lucky Russ Smith shot. How many games did we control from the get go and then lose in the last 4 minutes? Unfortunately tonight we fell victim to the exact same thing making bad plays at the wrong time. It makes us wonder how a team with so many returning parts from a National Champion was so bad when it came to finishing games but a bunch of AAU freshmen playing without two of its major players for over seven minutes did figure it out. This one stings extra because we lost to those guys. As much as we hate to admit it, losing Chane and not having Ware really did make this team different. If you run into any rival fans that are talking smack, first remind them they still need to win 3 games to hang a banner and secondly after we won the title at least we went back to the tourney. Hats off to those guys for playing more like the veteran team than the veteran team. This game showed how much we actually missed Siva. But just like anything else, a missed shot here or there could have changed the outcome but that's basketball isn't it? It reminded of how we lost to Memphis in the second game. In total control of the game and then a series of self inflicted bad decisions, Jones not pulling it out and running clock on the play he banged his head, Russ taking a bad shot early in the clock, Russ throwing the ball away, losing Poythress on the baseline for that dunk, fouling Poythress on the put back and worst of all leaving their best shooter open in the corner when there was no need to collapse on Randall when he already had three guys draped all over him.
With that being said, what Louisville's athletics programs have been able to accomplish are nothing short of remarkable and damn what a ride it was. From January 2013 on we have owned the college sports world in every sport hands down. Tonight most certainly stings and you have to wonder why is it that those guys coach seems to have our Rick's number. It does suck but that's reality. What we have learned over the last 5 years is that the one and done does work at least for those guys but also so does building a veteran team. The verdict is still out on how the season will play out but if those guys don't win the title, I can promise there will be way more disappointment on that side. We just didn't have the size this year and nor did we have a good point guard to slow the game down at the end when we needed it. When I see UCONN in the elite eight knowing that we beat them by huge margins three times, makes me sick at the thought of what should have been.
Either way I am still proud of my team, I'm proud of my coach and proud of my city. We will move on from this and tomorrow is a new day. We got the best AD the best coaches and lets face it folks we are about to march right into the ACC and play Major conference football and basketball. Who can say they are not excited about the upcoming football and basketball matchups? The loss tonight will seem like a distant memory when we are fully focused on a fall Saturday game against Notre Dame. We have a whole lot to look forward to. We will take a few on the chin over the next few weeks from our rivals but heck people we had Robert Morris for over a year so peaks and valley's. We are in the Valley but we will peak again and that's all there is to it. Yes we hate to see Luke and boys go out like that but what they did for us while they were here was remarkable.