Of all the storylines that came from the game last night (Billy Clyde’s technical, hating Edgar Sosa, Patrick Patterson’s brilliance), none is more fascinating to me than the fact that Michael Porter played 33 minutes and had zero turnovers. Porter has received more criticism early this season than any player since Saul Smith, yet he has persevered, been knocked down and like Chumbawamba, rose up again. And then yesterday in 33 minutes he had zero turnovers, while the player many have cried for to replace him had 3 turnovers in 8 minutes. Ask yourself this question. When the game began, would you have ever imagined that Porter could face Louisville’s pressure for that amount of time and have that degree of success? I know that I didnt and when Michael took that big three at the end, I could not have been happier for him when it went in.
As we stated last night, when it comes to Porter and Harris, there is no doubt that there are better players on the roster, sitting the bench. But when will these young men play with the heart and determination to get on the floor? The answer to that question may determine the upside of this team.