Originally Posted by gomestar
sort of. I got wasted as they demolished SU in the Big East championship game. It was an honest question as I'm a hockey guy with marginal basketball knowledge and marginal basketball injury knowledge (obviously). But I know and respect "x factor things", but clearly they had no problem with Duke to close it out, so I am actually wondering if this is a giant loss or not.
If you look at the Louisville roster, outside of Smith, there is no one that has stand out stats. They are a (undersized) defensive team that wins games by causing havoc with a relentless half court defense and full court press. In order for that to succeed, you need great, quick athletes at every position. One slow defender in a full court press usually leads to a slam dunk. Offensively, Smith is one of those guys that is going to get his points no matter what but their offense is really their defense.
Syracuse probably stands the best chance of beating them. They have a bigger backcourt and Williams is a stand out player on both ends of the court. Their 2-3 zone creates havoc because they are also great athletes than can move quickly and defend spots on the floor, they are very long inside (twss) and block a lot of shots. That being said, outside of Williams there is no offensive star so it comes down to which team can hold the other to 50 points or less.