We’re 45 minutes from tip-off, which means we’re also thirty minutes from the start of today’s LIVE BLOG. Before you start thinking of ways to outwit Carruth’s Entourage, let’s go over a few keys to the game for the Cats:
1) Keep emotions in check
The hype surrounding this game is huge. All week, Cal has been telling his players to think of today as “just another game” in hopes of keeping them focused. For the freshmen, who are getting their first taste of the rivalry, it will be more important than ever to keep emotions in check (remember the Boogie/Swopshire incident two years ago?). Senior Darius Miller has to step up to guide the Cats if the game gets out of hand.
2) Get physical, but not too physical
Louisville is one of the more physical teams the Cats have faced this year. Dare I say it, they might even be scrappy. Anthony Davis must get low, own the post, and not be afraid to finish. The Cats must defend the three better and handle UofL’s press (a huge task for Marquis Teague), all while staying out of foul trouble. That means you, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
3) Rise to the occasion
So far this season, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been the player who has stepped up when his team needs a spark. Today, someone else must help him and rise to the occasion. Who will it be? My money’s on Doron Lamb, but nothing would make me happier than a big game from Terrence Jones.
What else must the Cats do to ensure victory today?