Friday, November 29, 2013

Eagles' offense struggles against #9 Louisville, loses 69-38

Louisville recap

We couldn't get anything done on offense as Pitino had the Cards playing really well on defense after a lackluster performance against North Carolina on Sunday. Louisville used several different defense schemes (matchup zone, man defense, and some full-court press) to keep the Eagles out of rhythm. It worked well for UofL as USM had 22 turnovers and shot only 28.9% from the field (and 18.2% on 3s).   The only positive I can think of from this game is we held to Louisville to 69 points which is the least amount of points that the Cards have scored this year. Other than that, this was a pretty poor performance from USM.

Notes from C-USA and CBB

C-USA went 0-6 tonight in hoops. UTEP lost to Iowa in the Bahamas tournament by 36, tonight. The Hawkeyes are legit this year but I expected more of a fight from the Miners.

Worst C-USA loss of the night goes to Rice who lost to Rider in 3OT (97-93). Tulane also lost to Texas State, Tulsa lost to TCU, and UTSA was hammered by a bad Texas Tech team.

Drexel beat Alabama 85-83 (3OT) in NYC today. The Dragons played (top 5) Arizona and (top 25) UCLA close and now they have a win over a decent Alabama team. Matt Norlander of CBS Sports wrote a good article on Drexel's elite guard play and how it compares to top 5 teams like Arizona (see below). The Eagles play Drexel at RGC in early January.

As mentioned above, here's the article from CBS Sports on Drexel's guard play (written by Matt Norlander):

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