Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

It’s quite ironic that Sunday afternoon, so many were applauding Peyton Siva for being a leader against West Virginia and Connecticut. Yet when the Cardinals needed a leader in D.C. last night,  no one stepped up. Louisville couldn’t muster any magic, and fell to Georgetown 62-59.

The turning point was Preston Knowles’ three consecutive missed shots. Chris Smith didn’t help the comeback with an unnecessary foul with less than a minute to go.

Preston Knowles missing his third shot in 15 seconds.

Cardinal fans shouldn’t be ultra disappointed. Rick Pitino coached a marvelous game, and the Cardiac Cards stuck it out until the very end. A hard-fought loss at #15 Georgetown certainly won’t hurt the Cards in the long-term.  Next up, DePaul  comes to the Yum! Center on Saturday and shouldn’t offer much resistance, but another tough Big East road trip to South Bend will require someone to step up for the Cardinals.

In Other News:

The Cardinal Baseball team was ranked 22nd by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers association this weekend.  Coach Dan McDonnell leads a young squad shooting for a third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. The season begins on Feb. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla. against Michigan.

The University’s Men Tennis team was also in action this weekend, defeating #18 Ole Miss to advance to the National Indoor Tennis Championships in Seattle later this month. Austen Childs is ranked #8 in the nation and was last year’s NCAA Runner-Up.

Finally, Wednesday is the National Signing Day for college football. Charlie Strong is expected to pull in a very strong class including five-star  quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. My friends in the football offices tell me they don’t expect any big surprises but a few prospects do remain undecided. ESPN.com has ranked the Cards recruiting class #1 in the Big East and #19th overall.

There may be some signing-day drama, however, as Kentucky’s heralded redshirt freshman QB Ryan Mossakowski announced yesterday that he’s leaving UK. Some analysts were speculating yesterday that Seneca’s DeMarcus Smith might be wavering on his U of L commitment in light of the changes in Lexington.

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