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Did Gorgui Dieng Cost Louisville the Game Against Syracuse?

Gorgui Dieng's poor performance at the end of the game against No. 2 Syracuse may have cost them the game.
Gorgui Dieng's poor performance at the end of the game against No. 2 Syracuse may have cost them the game.Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIFebruary 13, 2012

He played with no focus and no domination, let alone determination.  He was bumped around, taken advantage of on the post, and most importantly for Syracuse, he did most of the damage on himself.

Gorgui Dieng was 2-for-9 with an unimpressive nine points that went along with 10 rebounds that had to come his way for a guy who is 6'11".

But worse was Dieng's play in clutch situations against the Orange Monday night, which enabled them to slip past a solid Louisville team at home.

Several times with possession in the second half, Dieng looked flustered and confused.  Unable to pull the trigger in any particular direction led him into taking poor shot attempts down the stretch.

And that's if he kept himself oriented long enough to take a terrible shot before he traveled.

One thing to be said in Dieng's defense, is that both teams were incredibly tired from playing on Saturday before the ESPN Big Monday contest.  Because he was tired, Syracuse continued to exploit the baseline pass to the interior on a number of occasions.

Dieng will get his chance at redemption on Saturday as Louisville travels to DePaul.

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