Thursday, November 28, 2013

Louisville preview and notes from around CBB

Louisville preview

Louisville will likely be our toughest opponent of the season, and even though they lost to UNC on Sunday, they're still a really really good team. The Cardinals are 5-1 on the year, ranked #9 in the country, and are the defending national champions. U of L is lead by senior Russ Smith who has averaged 20.1 points per game through 6 games and was named AAC preseason player of the year. Louisville is coached by Rick Pitino, who is probably a top 2 or 3 coach in college basketball, today (IMO). 

I'm really interested to see our guys fare against Louisville's famous full court matchup press defense. I think Neil Watson is a good-enough ball handler to take the pressure well, but we'll find out tomorrow. Overall, I think this will be a really tough game for USM but I wouldn't be surprised if it's a close game for the first 30-35 minutes. However, Louisville's talent will probably be a little too much for USM, in the end. However, Donnie Tyndall beat Louisville in 2011 (in the NCAA Tournament) while at Morehead State. Can he repeat his magic from 2 years ago?

Prediction: Louisville 78, Southern Miss 64

Other notes from C-USA and CBB

UTEP got a big win over Tennessee in the Bahamas, today. Miners are 4-2. Tim Floyd appears to have a good team (again) in El Paso. They'll have another big game vs Iowa, tomorrow.

UAB plays UNC on Sunday in Birmingham. We'll see how far the Blazers have progressed since last year, in this game. 

Morehead State beat Chattanooga pretty easily, today. USM faces off against them, next week at RGC. They have been pretty impressive thus far, in 2013.  

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