Bobby E here. Apparently Rolf is suffering from a sudden onset of Penguin Nut Syndrome (see here) and watched The Pirates of Penzance tonight instead of the ones from Seton Hall (idk, he's reeeeally into Broadway plays lately...). Anyhow, he is unable to grace us with one of his witty recapsulations, so here's a quick summary.
The Cardinals, now 24-5 (15-2), took care of business on Senior Night, defeating Seton Hall 95-78. Robert “Stix” Mitchell led the way for the overmatched Pirates with 24 points, while Jeremy Hazell added 18 and Eugene Harvey dropped in 15. Two players, Earl Clark (27) and Terrence Jennings (14), got their career highs in points as Louisville was in control throughout.
For the second straight year the Cardinals will head into the final game of the season with title aspirations. Defeat Huggy Bear and his West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday night, and the BIG EAST regular season champion title is theirs. Louisville could have its share of the title sewn up before tip-off if UConn loses to Pitt at noon that morning, and then be playing for an outright Championship (none of this "co-" crap).
The Good: Louisville’s Senior Class and Earl Clark
Terrence Williams continued his brilliance, scoring 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, grabbing 12 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists. Oh, and Twill also added three steals and three blocks to make his stat line a little more balanced. Andre McGee also kept pace with his recent play, hitting three out of five from deep and contributing 11 points and his signature monster D.
Will Scott saw seven minutes of action and got on the board with a deuce, but missed all three of his basically WIDE-OPEN three balls, even airballing one of them. Earl Clark got himself a new career high by shooting 11-of-16 from the field for 27 points to go with his 14 rebounds in his final game ever at Freedom Hall.
The Bad: The Zebras
I’m not usually one to complain about the reffin’, but Mike Kitts, John Gaffney, and Pat Driscoll blew their whistles no less than 32 times in 40 minutes of action. That’s right, 32 fouls were called in a BIG EAST Conference game. Mike Tranghese must be rollin’ over in his retirement and second-guessin’ his decision to pass the torch on to John Marinatto. LET ‘EM PLAY RAFS!!!!
The Ari Wolfe: Mark Adams
Bob Picozzi’s color guy broke down the BIG EAST squads in the NCAAs along with their projected seeds. Louisville? A three seed. Really? A three? Stick to motivational speaking, Mr. Adams. The Committee will end up giving Louisville a three probably, and I will eat my words, but look for P Tomarken to back me up a little later today or tomorrow with his thoughts on where the Cards should be seeded.
Mark’s Projected Big East Teams In and Seeds
UConn: No. 1 Seed
Pitt: No. 1 Seed
Louisville: No. 3 Seed
Villanova: No. 4 Seed
Marquette: No. 5 Seed
WVU No. 6 Seed
Syracuse No. 6 Seed