We’ll be tracking SI college basketball writer Luke Winn’s weekly power nakings all season, mostly because it’s the most inniovative and creative set of rankings out there for rabid basketball fans. It’s sort of like rocket science for hoops junkies, yet still effective. In his latest update, Winn drops the Cards from #8 to #13. Make sure you read the first couple entires on Ohio State, Kentucky and North Carolina. Interesting stuff on some defensive difference-makers. Also, take a look at who’s jumped all the way up to #14. Louisville’s schedule conmtinues to get tougher.
When it comes to defensive specialist-vs.-electric point-guard matchups, Butler’s Ronald Nored vs. Louisville’s Peyton Siva would have been hard to beat. As good as, if not better than Ohio State’s Aaron Craft vs. Florida’s Erving Walker (a battle that Craft won handily). But … in the latest Unfortunate Event to befall the Cardinals’ program, Siva has a bum ankle and isn’t likely to play. Lousiville lost reserve forward Mike Marra for the season with an ACL injury, big-time recruit Wayne Blackshear for months due to shoulder surgery, and forwards Stephan Van Treese and Rakeem Buckles to lesser ailments. What did Rick Pitino do to deserve this? It’s not as if he made a very regrettable realignment/relationship analogy at Big East media day, or failed to comply with the “Bring Chicken to the Bucket” campaign. It’s unclear why the gods would have any reason to be angry.
Next three: 11/19 at Butler, 11/22 vs. Arkansas State, 11/25 vs. Ohio