>>Arkansas was a flash in the pan...they lost to American Puerto Rico
>>for goodnesssakes. Oh, and Marshall, I believe (not to mention other
>Arkansas had a bad week on a vacation trip. I bet no one is looking
>forward to playing them as an easy win, on their schedule.
They are a decent team, but to claim them as a top notch team and
say that a loss to them doesn't mean much is silly.
>>UNC hasn't blown hardly anyone out. Louisville has proven against UNC
>UNC is the best team in the country right now, and who knows, they may
Hah! All it takes is one injury and they could start dropping games
like crazy. Even healthy they will lose at least one game this season
(Cameron is a given, I think).
>The fact that UofL has played 3 top 10 teams already
>along with the rest of their schedule says enough. You can pick apart
>details, but overall the summary statement holds: Louisville plays the
>toughest OOC schedule, they take more losses than a lot of other teams
>would be willing to face at this point in the season. Whether it pays
>off this year is yet to be seen.
Yep, but one win over KU still isn't enough to say "we're back" given
all those other losses. If they were 7-3 or maybe even 6-4 with tough
losses you might have a claim.
>>They'll be in the tournament most likely, but don't count on going past
>>the sweet six***...
>What a horror that would be, "only" making the Sweet 16. That's the
>realistic goal of almost every team!
Uh, it's only two tourney wins. And again, in the context of "we're
back" for a team who's had all those final four appearances that would
be a let down to not make the sweet six***.
>>Crum is a good coach and will remain a good coach, no doubt. But UL
>>is *down* right now and to say "we're back" just isn't a good assessment
>Crum is a GREAT coach. He's in the Hall of Fame. And, I don't see
>why you contend Louisville is "down" because they got off to a bad
>start in the W-L column. I know that people who hate UofL have been
>enjoying the pounding they have been taking, and are ready to declare
>that their season is over early. But I don't see it as a "down" year
>until the full results are in. Compared against the rebuilding job
They are down right *now*. They could come back and have a great year.
They could flop. But they are not "back" yet.
>Crum has done in the past 5 years, I think we can give him the benefit
>of the doubt and see how it plays out. Making the Tournament will be
>a challenge, since Louisville has to play Marquette twice, UCLA,
>Syracuse, Cincy twice. They will have to pull a lot more upsets, on
>the road, to get their season totally turned around. Hopefully the
>tough OOC schedule will give them the confidence to win.
Hopefully so...I kinda like Louisville and am not trying to bash them.
I'm just saying that thinking they are for sure "back" right now to
top 20 form is in no way a given. They still have things to prove,
as you point out. I guess your confusion stems from the way I used
"down". You're right, it is too early (especially given that OOC
schedule) to claim the whole year as "down". But they are down right
now and have quite a whole to dig out from under if they want to be
in the tourney and be a contender in every game.
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