The Top Five Questions Facing the Louisville Cardinals

Sam TastadCorrespondent IIIJanuary 25, 2009

The Louisville Cardinals have been playing great as of late. They have knocked off the previous No. 1 team, Pittsburgh, and ranked teams, Notre Dame, and Villanova. Louisville moved up from No. 20 in the rankings this week to No. 9. This week they play Syracuse on Sunday in a battle of top ten ranked teams.

The top five questions facing this Louisville basketball team are, one, can they keep the momentum going from there previous big wins. In college basketball, momentum can play a key role in a team's season. If the team is playing well, and is consistently winning, then they can carry that into their next games.

Second, Louisville must keep games close, and be victorious in the end. Louisville must also win as many conference games as they can. Three of their upcoming four games come against very good teams, including today vs Syracuse, and Feb. 2 vs. UConn. UConn has very good talent, and is experienced. Syracuse is a team that has been on fire of late, and could be dark-horse come March. Louisville must change that, and make teams want to not want to face them.  

Third, Louisville must win their conference games at home, and win as many as they can on the road. Right now, Louisville is 11-1 at home, and 4-2 on the road. They knocked off Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame at home. Louisville needs to make Freedom Hall a hard place for opponents to play.

Fourth, Terrence Williams, Earl Clark, and Samardo Samuels all have to continue to play big and be a huge part of why Louisville keeps winning. Clark is the Cardinals leading scorer, Williams is the Cardinal leading rebounder, and Williams has the most assists.

Louisville also must improve their free throw percentage. Clark and Samuels are their best free throw shooters, and they are 70 percent free throw shooters. The rest of the team must keep contributing too. Edgar Sosa, and Jerry Smith are their other main contributors. Louisville needs to continue playing as a team, and if they do so they will keep winning.

My fifth, and final, point is they need to keep winning! The Big East is tough this season, and Louisville needs to know that they can win the Big East. Louisville needs to have a mindset that they want to win going into every game, and if they do so, they will.

The Big East could very well have eight teams in the NCAA tournament, and all could make it pretty far. The rest of the Louisville season will be very interesting, and it will be fun watching Louisville battle it out.