Sosa turning corner for improving Cards

Thursday night, Edgar Sosa returned to the UofL starting lineup for the first time since mid-December. The 6'1 sophomore point guard looks to have turned the corner for the improving Cardinals, who have won 8 of their last 9 games.

Thursday night, Edgar Sosa returned to the UofL starting lineup for the first time since mid-December. The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard from New York responded with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 28 minutes in the Cardinals' 71-51 win over Marquette.

Sosa scored 10 points in each of UofL's three previous wins, over Kentucky, West Virginia and Rutgers. Sosa played a season-low 11 minutes in UofL's win over Iona on Dec. 29, but the new year has brought a new beginning for him. In five games in 2008, Sosa has averaged nine points and has begun to show signs of becoming the point guard that coach Rick Pitino has hoped he would. Here's what Sosa had to say after the 20-point victory over the 13th-ranked Golden Eagles.

Edgar Sosa is playing better for
improving Louisville.

Q: How do you feel after that win?

A: "I feel real great, to beat a Top 15 team by double figures, by 20, it feels real good. We got this game versus Seton Hall this weekend and if we can get that one we should be back in the rankings, so I'm real excited."

Q: What does this victory do for the team?

A: "It does a lot. Coach P said this is the first time we've been healthy 100 percent and it's showing. We got Pala(cios) coming from the bench, we got a starting five that's just great, I'm just happy that we got things rolling now."

Q: Can you talk about the effectiveness for your pick-and-roll tonight?

A: "It was real effective. We tried to run pick-and-rolls on the break, tried to get after them, and David and Derrick were just manhandling them down there. They really didn't have anybody as big or as wide as those two, so they were just having a field day down there."

Q: What about the way you guys hit the boards?

A: "Coach P's been saying all week in practice, 'If want to win this game we've got to win the rebounding battle,' and that's what we did. We just tried to come out and just tried to own the glass and that's what we did tonight."

Q: Were you surprised you were able to shut Marquette down like you did?

A: "I was real surprised. They're a great team with three great guards that can go off and to come out and just play great defense on them and shut them down to shooting 30 percent for the game is just a real big accomplishment."

Q: You think this makes a statement for you guys?

A: "This makes a huge statement. A lot of people have been counting us out, we were selected as the midseason disappointment on most people's internet website and stuff like that. We're just starting to turn it around. This is the first time we've been 100 percent with David, DC and everyone can see that it doesn't really matter because the power we have coming off the bench."

Q: What's it been like to have David Padgett and Juan Palacios back, both on and off the court?

A: "It means a lot, they're the nucleus of this team, the two veterans, the two people who've been through the most and when we got them I feel we got our heart and we got everybody into it. Everybody listens to them. Besides them we're all around the same age so we don't really listen to each other, but when David says something, or Tello says something, you better listen because they're experienced and they've been there before."

Q: Coach said sometimes David will push you guys into the right position if you aren't there, is that true?

A: "Yeah, David makes sure you listen to him. David doesn't scream at you he just knows what's going on and he tries to give you the best encouragement that he can."

Q: What about you, do you feel like you're starting to turn things around?

A: "I'm just trying to play my game, not really thinking too much, just focusing on what coach tells me do to and when I do that I usually have good games. When I go against the grain is when all hell breaks loose, but I'm just happy that things are turning around for me. I had a struggle in the opening part of the season, and I just hope I can close out strong."

Q: How have you been able to turn it around?

A: "I've just been rolling with the punches and not really expecting greatness every night. Just coming out and just trying to play my game, doing what I do best, and that's just running the offense and giving people like T-Will and David the ball where they need it the most and that's what I've been doing."

Q: What's the difference in you?

A: "Just being positive. Waking up every day, before I even brush my teeth, I've got to have a big smile on my face and just listening to whatever Coach P tells me, usually when I listen to him I have a great game."

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