Louisville Dominates Miami, and other news...
by: Drew Barnette - Staff Writer
December 24, 2006


-Iím in Louisville, KY for the Holidays, and the big news down here is the suspension of freshman Derrick Caracter from Louisvilleís basketball team. He is a highly touted player, but was suspended by the NCAA for a few games to open the season, and hasnít done a whole lot since being reinstated. Now, heís been un-reinstated by Louisville coach Rick Pitino. The direct quote from Pitino was ďI had no idea he had so many obstacles to overcome. He may be better getting a trainer and getting ready for the NBA Draft and go have workouts.Ē I personally interpret that as Pitino saying although Caracter is an extremely talented player, heís an even bigger distraction and it would be better off for Louisville if he wasnít around.

It was hard to determine how the Cardinals would react to this, especially since many of their fans, as well as people in the local media, had been extremely critical of them all season. They came out yesterday and absolutely spanked Miami 82-59. I missed the beginning of the game because Tennessee and Texas went into overtime and my parents do not have the ESPN Alternate channels, but by the time they did get to the Louisville-Miami game midway through the first half it was pretty much already over. Louisville had a much better game awareness, made much better passes, played better defense, and shot the ball better than they have all season. Iíd go so far to say it was the best theyíd looked since making the Final Four in 2005. Miami, FL is by no means a top notch team, and probably isnít even a tournament team, but they arenít bad. They are certainly much better than some of the teams Louisville has been struggling against, so this is a big statement win.

As far as the NCAA Selection Committee is concerned, this win is not a statement win, but as far as Louisvilleís confidence is concerned, it is huge. They really scored a lot of style points in this game because for the first time in a long time they actually looked like a top 25 team. Itís more of a statement about their potential than it is about their current body of work. They look like they have the potential to put together an impressive resume between now and the end.


-Florida blew out Ohio State 86-60 yesterday. It was close in the first half and Ohio State actually drew even early in the second half, but it was all Florida after that. The loss is more insult than injury for Ohio State. The sooner they forget about it the better. You may remember that Texas was blown out by Duke in a similar game at about this time last season, and they recovered nicely and actually had a better showing in the NCAA Tournament than Duke, so they Buckeyes shouldnít be that discouraged. Jonathan Watters wrote a nice article about this game in his blog, so be sure and check that out if you havenít already.

-Wichita State lost their second consecutive game to USC to finish fourth in the Las Vegas Invitational. They were once again without P.J. Couisnard, so the committee will likely take that into account, but this will be somewhat a knock on their profile. It isnít so damaging that it will keep them from being selected, but it will likely knock them out of the #1-#2 seed range where I had been projecting them.

-Bobby Knight has tied Dean Smith for most all time div1 wins. Texas Tech defeated Bucknell rather handily the other day. The funny thing is that Knight seems to care less about this than most people. Whenever asked about it, heís been rather dismissive.

-My plan is to begin working on my new bracket tonight after everyone has gone to bed. Keep an eye out for that.
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Derrick Caracter
Full Profile | Player Stats
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 280 lbs.
Birthday: 05/04/1988
28 Years Old
High School: Notre Dame Prep
Previous Team: Echague Parana , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #28 in 2010 Draft
by the Lakers
Current: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
13.3 Pts, 8.0 Rebs, 1.0 Asts