There’s really no nice way to say a team got beat by 42 points, so I’m not even going to try.
If you’re a College of Charleston fan, I wouldn’t worry too much about the 80-38 loss to No. 5 Louisville last night at TD Arena. The next time you see Louisville, if at all, will be in the NCAA Tournament in March. If you get that far, then you’ve gotta believe it’s been a good season.
Louisville looked the part of a national-championship caliber team. And remember they were without 6-11 center Gorgui Dieng, who blocked more than 120 shots last season, last night at TD Arena. This is an impressive, deep, talented team that should make a deep run into March Madness.
You put Dieng with guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith and you can see why the Cardinals were the preseason No. 2 team.
Here are some of the ugly numbers from last night.
40 — number of points the Cardinals scored in the paint
30 — number of points the Cardinals scored off of turnovers
27 — number of turnovers by the Cougars
21 — bench points by the Cardinals
3/0 — numbers of points scored by Andrew Lawrence and Willis Hall respectively.
Before the game, Cougars coach Doug Wojcik talked about his best players playing their best and let’s face it, Hall and Lawrence, who are both great kids, did not play well. Louisville, obviously, had a lot to do with that.
As I wrote in this morning’s paper, the one bright spot for the Cougars was sophomore center Adejhi Baru. He had 16 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. He looked liked he belonged on the floor with Louisville. If he plays like that the rest of the year and Trent Wiedeman gets healthy, the Cougars will around come March.
If you look at the overall picture, the Cougars are 5-3, about where we expected them to be at this point in the tournament. (I thought they’d go 2-1 in the Charleston Classic, then probably lose to Baylor and Louisville.)
The Cougars have a great chance to win their next five games — Anderson, Coastal Carolina, Vermont and Marist — and be 10-3, 1-0 in the SoCon, heading into their conference schedule.
So, don’t let this lose get to you too much. There’s still a lot of basketball left to be played.
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See you at The Arena,