Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Cardinals fly up the east coast to take on confident Hoyas




I think there's more words to describe the Hoyas (16-4  5-4) than just "confident."   Focused, tough, determined, and up and ready for the challenge are more of the words I would use to describe the Hoyas going into their next game with the Louisville Cardinals (17-4  6-2).  This is a quick turnaround for both team's having to play on ESPN's Big Monday after winning thrilling road games this past weekend.  With Hoyas escaping an immediate comeback by Villanova 69-66 the Cardinals won their road game against UConn in two overtimes 79-78.

Louisville's sophomore point guard Peyton Siva (19 pts.) was the player that saved the day by making two key layups in the second overtime to put UConn away for good.  “We don’t have no superstars on this team and that helps us out a lot, because we know anybody can take that last shot,” Siva said. “I got to the lane, I made a couple layups and that was important.”  Looking at the highlights, I think the Hoyas are gonna have to put their best defender on Siva to try to contain and shut him down.  He is a true point and knows how and when to go to the basket.  I think taking some charges would help too because I know he's going to the hole hard.

“You’re going to give up something,” said Louisville coach Rick Pitino.  “But the point guard has got to make the right decision, and he made the right decision every time.”  “We as a team never give up,” said Louisville guard Chris Smith.  “We’ve been in a couple of barn-burners already, so this is nothing new to us now.”

On the other hand, senior Hoya guard sensation Austin Freeman lead the Hoyas (30 pts.) in scoring.  Austin took matters into his own hands leading and directing his team to victory.  With senior point guard Chris Wright at the helm he knew when it was the right time to get his teammate the ball.  “We wanted to concentrate on getting the ball to Austin.”  “It’s stupid not to give him the ball.”

Coach Thompson had this to say about the senior guard, “Austin Freeman is unflappable in most situations,” . “What he did in the last 4 minutes is indicative of what he’s done for the last four years.”  “Put the ball in his hands and good things happen even is he’s double-teamed or triple-teamed.  Freeman made the big shot  in this game too, “I looked at the shot clock and I knew there was around 4 seconds left,” he said in his usual stoic manner.

In the Villanova game, the Hoyas' focus was on the three guard's Fisher, Wayns and Stokes now the focus will be on stopping and takikng some charges on Louisville's playmaker point guard Peyton Siva.  We know he's a smart point guard and will go to the hole when he needs to, so why not communicate to each other and take the charges.  There are no interest rates in taking the charges.  I guess that make sense Hoyanation and friends, lol.  The "Hoya Dream Season" is in full bloom.  Let's Beat them Cardinals!

All the pieces to the puzzle having been fitting lately, so let's continue to cheer our Hoyas onto VICTORY!




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