The Louisville Cardinals are the defending National champions, and they seem to be getting everyone’s best shot to start the year. The College Of Charleston Cougars gave the Cardinals a run for their money in the first half of the game during their meeting last week as the game was tied at 29 at one point until the Cardinals blew them out with the final score being 97-69.
Now the Hofstra Pride come into town, and while it looked like the Pride were on their way to getting blown out in the first half, the Pride came back into it to give the home team a scare until the Cardinals went on a 36-8 run to close the pride out. While the Cardinals have two blow out wins to begin the year, there should be some concerns about the focus of the players over the course of the game in general.
Cardinals’ guards in Russ Smith and Chris Jones combined for 14 points to start the game to give the team a 14-5 lead as it seemed like they were the only two players on the Cardinals roster willing to play. At one point, Smith outscored the Pride 11-8 by himself as they led 17-8 to start the game, and had 21 points by himself with 3:44 minutes to go in the first half which at the time tied the Pride’s total score.
Looking at the last two games for Cardinals, it is clear that things won’t be easy for them to start the year, and it is even debatable if they are even the third-ranked team in the nation right now.
I don’t know if the Cardinals’ players are glowing in their glory of being the defending champs, but they better wake up fast because if small schools are giving them a challenge, what awaits them in the future may be tough sledding for them.