Chane Behanan was dismissed from the Louisville Cardinals earlier this week for what was called “institutional violations”. Known to be a troublemaker (for the lack of a better word) in his time at Louisville, it was undisputed that he made a difference on the court, putting up around eight points and seven rebounds per game this season after playing a large role on last year’s national championship team.
As seen on Saturday, replacing him will be near impossible. Despite the 83-76 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, his absence was obvious.
When Montrezl Harrell got into foul trouble and was only able to play 20 minutes, it would have been a time for Behanan to sub into the game. But, Stephan Van Treese and Luke Hancock will be forced to fill in and provide a smaller, less physical presence in general. Mangog Mathiang only had two points in 14 minutes, and the team will be forced to play small and more of a finesse game because of Behanan’s absence.
As a team, though, the Cardinals had only seven team assists and 17 turnovers against an inferior Rutgers team. They also gave up 17 offensive rebounds and were out-rebounded 34-32. Usually a dead-eye team from the outside, they shot just 2-of-10 from three. These are certainly statistics to worry about for Cardinals fans.
As the weeks progress, it will become more and more evident that Behanan’s dismissal gives Louisville absolutely no shot to repeat as national champions.