Monday, January 5, 2009

Sunday recap -- Louisville, Marquette

The real action was in the ACC, of course, but while BC's dreams of a poll-rattling upset were still in their infancy there was a pretty good game going on between Kentucky and Louisville.

Edgar Sosa's game-winning three-pointer after Kentucky had worked so hard to tie the score was an incredible shot, no doubt. But it drives me crazy when something like this happens. Louisville had time to bring the ball up the court and run a play -- work for a good shot to win the game with the knowledge that the worst-case scenario was overtime.

Instead, all that happened was that Sosa dribbled the ball up the court, stood a few feet behind the three-point line at the top of the key, waited for the clock to get down under three seconds and decide, "What the hell. Nobody's guarding me. I'll shoot."

And he shot, and it went in, and Louisville (which at first glance looks a lot like a talented team that can and will turn it on and off during the course of a game) won, and they were all thrilled. Like I said, great shot, but wouldn't it have been better to see them play a little basketball to win the game, instead of just heaving up a 23-footer? The fact that it went in doesn't make it a good play. In fact, it might only serve to encourage such behavior in the future.

And while we're on the topic of Louisville, what's with the mascot? The whole second half, that red bird was sitting there under the basket, feet stretched out in front of it in a recumbent position, looking like it didn't have a care in the world or a single thing to do. Shouldn't a mascot be up and moving? Getting people excited or angry or something? This guy kept making me think he was waiting for somebody to bring him a burger and a beer. What would the St. Joseph's Hawk have to say about a performance like this? Shameful...

No comments:

Post a Comment