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When Kevin Ware went down Rick Pitino was forced to look elsewhere for a player to come off the bench and play mistake-free, efficient basketball on both sides of the ball.
Enter Tim Henderson.
Henderson is a walk-on junior who has played a total of just over 200 minutes in his collegiate career—including only 3.8 minutes per game this season.
None of that mattered against Wichita State, nor will it matter Monday night against Michigan.
When Wichita St. went up 12 points with just over 13 minutes to play, Louisville was flat and playing without energy.
They needed a lift in the worst way.
Tim Henderson then buried a couple of three-pointers on back-to-back possession to cut the deficit to six, but more importantly breathe fresh air into a stagnant Cardinals team.
The rest of the game belonged to Louisville, as they ended on 37-21 run to close out the game.
Come Monday night, Louisville will look for Henderson to repeat his timely crucial performance.
It's no secret that basketball is a game of runs.
If Russ Smith, Peyton Siva or even Luke Hancock hit a cold stretch at any point, expect Henderson to bail them out with a few big shots down the stretch.
While the main focus for Michigan's defense will be on Louisville's guards, Henderson probably isn't their main concern for obvious reasons.
With the ability of Smith and Siva to drive the lane and kick to open shooters like Henderson, he will certainly have the opportunity to knock down some shots.
The question is, will Henderson be a run-starter, run-stopper or both?
He stopped the Shockers run which led to a Louisville surge to end the game. But, can he do it again?
This remains to be seen.
What can already be envisioned, however, is Henderson in the corner with his hands at his chest, palms out and ready to catch a pass.
After he catches that pass, everyone in the building knows where that ball is going next.
For Louisville's sake, hopefully through the bottom of the net.