Huge upset in College Basketball last week that did not receive its just do, and this blog is intended to rectify that – or as Sarah Palin would say, “refudiate” it. Nothing wrong with a new coinage every now and then. Let us remember that “spork” has not been part of our vocabulary for very long (Editor’s Note: spork has been a part of my vocabulary my entire life – just FYI).
Last Tuesday, while Coach Rick Pitino was working his bolt to coach the Puerto Rican Olympic Team (how jealous of Coach K must he be to do that? I have heard of kids going to med school in the Caribbean when they get shut out in the States, but this is ridiculous), Coach Bruiser Flint (Hoops Report National Coach of the Week) was preparing his Drexel Dragons to knock off the #20 Louisville Cardinals. That’s right – they went into the brand new KFC (aka Yum Yum) Center and knocked Louisville out of the ranks of unbeatens, 52-46. And we all thought Ricky P. did his best work in restaurants (Editor’s Note: oh no he didn’t).
Drexel became the first visiting team to earn a win in the new arena – The Old Fashioned Way – by playing D, rebounding, and controlling the tempo. Drexel had 20 more rebounds than Louisville, and held them without a field goal for the last 8 minutes. It was a thing of beauty to watch (live – and 3 more times since last week). They ran their offense with poise, defended with passion, and just flat out “Played Hard.”
Congrats to Bruiser and his staff on the win and his honor. He will have another chance to pull off a huge one Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome against Syracuse – but the task will be a little harder, because you can be sure the Syracuse staff has watched the Drexel-Louisville game a few times (Editor’s Note: but not as many times as Denny).
Go Dragons! Breathe. Some. Fire. It’s cold up there. And thanks for my early Christmas present.