Morning after: U of L rolls over Miami

Peyton Siva

The Morning After is a new feature at Cardinal Authority this season for men's basketball games. The feature will be five thoughts from the game the night before. The Cardinals beat Miami of Ohio 80-39 on Sunday.

1. Shooting woes cured?: The Cardinals finished 12 of 26 from three-point range and got five three's from Russ Smith and four from Wayne Blackshear. It was nice to see and when the Cards are hitting like that, it's game over. But don't expect that kind of effort every night out. Remember, just because they made 12 in one games doesn't make this team a good shooting team. They are not. Rick Pitino said after the game the staple is "still defense. We are a defensive team." And that is how they are going to win most of their games. But when they do hit shots, just sit back and enjoy it. Whew, that was fun to watch!

2. The Old Wayne is back?: Wayne Blackshear is looking more and more like the Wayne Blackshear I saw in high school. He's not all the way back to that form after double shoulder surgery, but he's getting closer. He hit 4 of 7 three-pointers on Sunday and his form is looking better and better. But the play I saw that reminded me of the Old Wayne was he snared a rebound on the right side of the lane and turned up the floor. He took four dribbles, crossed midcourt and flicked a pass to Russ Smith, who created in the lane and missed a shot. Blackshear is so talented and so good when he's out running and watch many times, he'll get down the floor and be the one to finish off one of those type breaks with a dunk.

3. Yes, Hancock is still struggling: Junior Luke Hancock was 1 of 7 from the field, including 0-for-5 from three-point range. He's in a major slump and I thought Rick Pitino's assessment was spot on – he needs to get away. A road trip might be the best thing for Hancock. The crowd was great with him on Sunday, not booing or anything, but actually cheering for him to make a three. But you can tell he's frustrated and pressing and needs to just make a few shots. I still say he's going to be fine. He'll break out of it and when he does, he will win a few games with big shots down the stretch for the Cardinals.

4. Nunez missing out on time: Sophomore Angel Nunez hasn't seen the floor in a real game because of an injury. I believe they said he had a concussion but no matter what the injury is, it's putting Nunez way behind. These are the games guys get a chance to play and show they can do something. Take Zach Price, he still takes too long when he gets the ball and needs work on offense, but he's played well on the defensive end and rebounding and I think has earned some minutes. But Nunez is sidelined and can't show anything. So now he's way behind.

5. A few leftover observations: Walk on Michael Baffour has a boot on his right foot and didn't play in the blowout. . . . The Cardinals had 22 assists on 28 field goals in the game. . . . Don't want to jinx it but the Cards were 12 of 15 from the free-throw line. . . . It was a second straight game the Cards easily won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Miami 43-26. . . . U of L is now 38-6 in the KFC Yum! Center. . . . It was a 39-7 run that put Miami away, after the Red Hawks tied it at 10.

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