The Day After: Cards romp in opener
Wayne Blackshear
Wayne Blackshear
CardinalAuthority.com
Posted Nov 10, 2013


The Day After is a feature at Cardinal Authority this season for men’s basketball games. The feature will be five thoughts from the game the night before. Here are some thoughts after Saturday's 70-48 win over College of Charleston.

1. The 'boom' boys are back: Montrezl Harrell said it best about the second half, noting that it "felt just like last year." The Cardinals toyed around and then it was a 22-2 run that helped them pull away. Rick Pitino said the 'boom boys' were back and a lot of the guys agreed it was a lot of the same type things that led to the romp. With so much depth and talent, a lot of games are likely going to be close and then blowouts during the season. It's not a bad thing to be able to pull away in the end.

2. Wayne is back: Remember, the Wayne Blackshear that coach Pitino said he recruited: aggressive, ball to the basket, rebounding, blocking shots? Well, it appears he's back. After two years of an injured shoulder, Blackshear feels 100 percent and it showed. He did miss his first 11 shots - that will come around - but he helped in other ways. He finished with 11 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. After the game, Blackshear said "it feels great to be healthy." He's playing like the old Wayne.

3. No Ware this game: ESPN was in town, along with Good Morning America and CNN. But there was no Kevin Ware on the court. He's about two weeks from playing in a real game. Coach Pitino let him play in an exhibition when it didn't mean anything but said he's "still limping" a bit on the leg in practice. He won't rush Ware or Hancock back into the lineup.

4. Imagine the lineup: After a few early-game jitters, the Cardinals looked great on Saturday and turned it over only two times. If they would have made a few more shots - which they will - it could have been ugly. Now, imagine a team that gets back Ware, Luke Hancock and Chane Behanan in the next few weeks. Talk about depth and talent. Wow!

5. A few leftovers: The three turnovers marked the lowest in a game for a U of L team since only one miscue in a 2007 loss to Georgetown. . . . Pitino is now 25-3 all-time in his opener. . . . Louisville has the longest winning streak in the nation at 17. . . . Russ Smith scored 21 points and is now 33rd on the school's all-time list with 1,256. . . . Montrezl Harrell matched a career-high with eight rebounds.



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