Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cards Rout Lamar, Take Marques Maybin Classic

Louisville, who jumped to No. 9 in the most recent AP poll, thumped Lamar last night in what can be fairly assessed as a less-than-spectacular ending to the 2008 Marques Maybin Classic, 78-56. Samardo Samuels led the way with 16 points and T Will grabbed 13 boards. Jerry Smith was the other Card in double digits with 12.

E5 followed up 2 double-doubles with 6 points and 6 rebounds and was named the event’s MVP. Said Coach Pitino: “Earl was just waking up about the eleven-minute mark. We got him out of his coffin.”

Edgar Sosa had an assist to go with his four turnovers. He plays very passionate basketball and it’s obvious he’s trying to create; sometimes I think he sees things that just aren’t there. There’s no reason to think that he won’t eventually come around and provide the type of consistency we need and be a nice complement to Andre McGee at the point.

Will Scott came in off the bench and, for the second game in a row, immediately banged home a triple. His ability to light it up like that fresh off the pine is reassuring. He went 2-2 from trey and had 6 points. Preston Knowles also provided a spark with his tenacious D. He added 6 as well.

Speaking of tenacious D, both George Goode and Terrence Jennings were especially impressive, combining for 5 boards and 2 blocks in only 15 minutes between them. Hopefully we can get that kind of production from these two on a consistent basis.

The loudest ovation of the night came when Marques Maybin appeared on the big screen. The 4,000 or so of us that stuck around for the award ceremony enjoyed the privilege of hearing the man address the crowd and offer some kind words for Sports Information Director Kenny Klein and the Cards. The former guard dropped 2,460 points during his tenure at U of L and is, well, awesome.

The Cards take on Austin Peay this Saturday at 1:00. Look for a Show-Me-My-Opponent later this week on the LYes!Report.

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