It felt like Morehead State all over again, offense was completely out of sync and we couldn’t get stops or avoid fouling. We were shooting in the 20’s with only 4 made baskets in the entire half. I ran out of fingernails to bite, developed a headache, and was starting to get sick to my stomach. And then our seniors stepped up and helped put the Cards through against a very tough Manhattan team. A Manhattan team that knew everything we wanted to do before we did it. A game that looked more like an intrasquad scrimmage because of how much their defensive sets and trapping mirrored one another.
And just when Louisville fans started to panic on twitter and suggest the game was over, Russ Smith knocked down a huge three, followed by a couple of threes from Luke Hancock and the Cards were able to pull out a victory against the Jaspers. It wasn’t the prettiest game, far from it, but it’s a win in a tight game when Louisville had blown everyone out as of late. A win that Louisville can build on, one that will help as they go forward and get in tight, gut check situations down the road. Kuddos to Steve Masiello and his Manhattan Jasper team, they gave the defending champs everything they could handle and if Louisville goes on to another Final Four, they can credit this game as a major building block toward doing so.
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