Saturday, March 2, 2013
Today, Big East foes were facing off in front of a crowd of 31,000. After Syracuse had upset Louisville earlier in Big East play, the Cardinals were seeking revenge. The Orange were riding on a two game-losing for the second time this season. This game was low scoring and close throughout. C.J. Fair got hot in the middle of the first half, with a halftime score of only 23-19 Louisville. Syracuse couldn't get their shots to fall in, many of them rattling out of the rim. Syracuse, however, came back in the second half strong and on fire. They couldn't be contained and got the crowd fired up. In fact, Syracuse was playing so well, the fans started to do the wave throughout the whole stadium. However, in the last 90 seconds, Syracuse turned the ball over and Louisville took the lead. The Orange couldn't score and couldn't contain the Cardinals. Since Syracuse couldn't score enough, the final score was 58-53 Cardinals. Gorgui Dieng did an amazing job for Louisville with 11 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. None of the Syracuse players could contain him. Michael Carter-Williams was the leader for the Orange, and had 11 points, 7 boards, 6 assists, and 1 steal. I think the real players of the game should be Russ Smith from Louisville and C.J. Fair for Syracuse. Russ Smith scored 18 points to go along with 1 steal, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds. Peyton Siva only had 1 steal, 4 assists, and 1 rebound. He didn't have any points in this game. In the whole season against Syracuse, Siva only scored 2 points. C.J. Fair had 19 points, 1 block, 1 steal, and 6 rebounds. He got Syracuse fired up by scoring 6 straight points for the Orange while getting the crowd loud too. I don't think he receives enough credit. Fair is scoring many of the Orange's points and played 38 minutes against Louisville. Also, DaJuan Coleman returned and played for the first time in about four weeks after suffering a knee injury. Louisville did a great job of getting behind the 2-3 zone and getting passes into the paint.