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December 29, 2012
Enjoy the win. Don't worry about 'What if?'
After Louisville's 80-77 win over rival Kentucky most UofL fans are happily celebrating the victory on Fourth Street or downtown near the Yum! Center.
Others aren't as happy. My advice? Stop wondering 'What If?'
Sure, Louisville was up 51-34 and could have built that lead into a 20-point win with a little extra intensity.
And sure, Louisville could have closed out the win with at least a double-digit victory without some serious foul trouble hindering their second half offense.
And sure Gorgui Dieng wasn't back to full strength. And sure guarding the three better in the second half would have produced a blowout you could crow about for months.
But so what? Your team won. Revel in it.
Forget the 'What Ifs.' Kentucky has some, too. (Ahem, Willie Cauley-Stein at the free throw line)
Forget the 'What Ifs' and enjoy the win. They don't come around often enough.
The messages I received from some fans are the same ones I received after Louisville's 32-14 win over Kentucky in football. Why didn't Louisville display more of a killer instinct? Why not blow them out?
In football, the Cardinals built a 32-7 lead and seemed to coast to an easy win in the final quarter. The comparison doesn't hold for basketball.
In basketball, Louisville wasn't so much coasting as making some errors and suffering from foul trouble. Kentucky - with of course a much better basketball team than a football team - capitalized on some of those errors and hit threes to keep the game close.
But so what? Louisville won. Louisville won in football and Louisville won in basketball.
Sweeping the Wildcats hasn't happened since 2003. Enjoy it.