Tough win, on the road, against the foe that always has our number, on a night when our two leaders were in foul trouble or didn't make a single shot. Don't care about 2nd chance point, or offensive struggles. We won in Louisville.
One thing that cannot be glossed over: Boeheim's coaching was phenomenal. Got Scoop out of there when he realized he had nothing. Let Triche and Waiters control the game. And most of all, changed defense assignments. In the 2nd half, when that one big man from Louisville got the ball at the top of the key, Melo would leap out to confront him. He would either go around Melo and score/get fouled, or he would dish it to a cutting wing under the basket. Lots of easy points.
At halftime, Boehiem changed the gameplan. Melo didn't step up. He allowed the big guy space to shoot a jumper and the guy bricked every one. It was brilliant. And a ballsy thing to do. If he makes that shot, everyone on that defense and Jimmy B looks stupid. One time in particular, he caught it, turned, pump-faked, then forced a pass that KrisJo picked off. It was weird to see - a guy has the ball wide open, at the foul line, and passes to a covered teammate. None of the talking heads will mention it but it won us the game.