The Ville has two more games before heading into the Big East Tournament. They are teetering on the edge of not getting an invite to the big dance. Experts are predicting that the Cards are in however, and will be placed anywhere between an 8-10 seed. It seem's like to secure a sport for sure the Cards might want to think about knocking off either Marquette on the road or Syracuse at home in Louisville's final game in Freedom Hall.
Which win does Louisville need the most? Another road win versus an upper mid level Big East squad who is recognized along the same line as Louisville is....or, a win at home against the #1 team in college basketball who they have already beaten? Now the answer might look obvious. You would think #1 ranked Syracuse in the last game at Freedom Hall would be the mort important win, but is that necessarily true? Of course I know all Cards fans would love to take down the The Orangeman by completing their sweep of them at home to close out The Hall, who wouldn't want to do that? Though would it be better than beating Marquette? a surging team, on the road. The Cards will be competing with them for tournament rights and seeding so shouldn't you you maybe want to beat them and secure your spot by beating the team who is just above you in conference on the road. Would beating Syracuse at home prove Louisville's true place in the conference? It might also. Confused yet? We'll you probably should be because I think either win would ensure us a spot in the field of 64....I just wanted to get your mind working a little bit. Here's a thought....How about the Cards just go undefeated in these last two games, and the conference tournament winning our 2nd in a row. Maybe bump us up to a 6 seed....It could happen. Now lets break down Marquette....
A team picked to finish 12 in the Big East Marquette has come up with 10 Big East wins this season and is fighting for a first round bye in the Big East tournament. If Louisville has anything to say about it they will have the rights to that first round bye which is still open to either school.
The Golden Eagles are coming off of a stretch where they only saw 1 loss out of their last 9 games. Though the 1 loss came against Pittsburgh which was clearly the toughest game during that stretch, the next set of tough games for them were all road games that went to overtime against the likes of Seton Hall, St. Johns and Cincinnati. Other than that I don't really know much about Marquette. Other than Lazar Hayward their senior leader should probably be stopped because there are only 2 others on their team who average double figures a night.
Honestly I am not worried about stopping Marquette. If I were the Cardinals I would be worried about doing what we need to do to not play like a bunch of reckless street ballers out there and play as a team. I think if they just worry about doing the right things and taking care of themselves they could easily come out a winner. Though if they don't rebound, take advantage on 2nd chance scoring opportunities or play with hustle, urgency or passion, they may find themselves in a must win at home against the #1 team in the country....and that is pressure they don't need.
In my opinion the key to a victory tonight are the role players. Samardo has sort of ben the corner stone to our winning important games. Though teams are starting to catch on to that ever since his 36 point performance against Notre Dame. So as long as he comes out and still goes to the rim hard and goes to the free throw line, plus those fore mentioned role guys come out to play and we see spurts from Preston Knowles, Jarred Swopshire, Peyton Siva and we have to see consistency from Sosa, I think the Cards have a good proven method to wrapping up any team in the country weather that be Marquette tonight or Syracuse this Saturday.