NOTEBOOK: Louisville vs. South Alabama

Post-game notebook and highlights from third-ranked Louisville's 81-52 win over South Alabama Sunday evening at Freedom Hall.

First Half Notebook
**Quick start for Louisville against South Alabama. Samardo Samuels started it off with a big dunk and an And-1. Edgar Sosa hit a three, Earl Clark slammed one home and Terrence Williams hit a long key jump shot to give Louisville an early 12-5 lead in the games first three minutes. Good offensive balance.

**Earl Clark is really looking to share the ball, evidenced by his drive and dish to Edgar Sosa for an early three. Clark also made a nice bounce pass to Andre McGee on a 2 on 1 break, but might have been better to go to the hoop himself.

**Samuels really came out with some fire against the Jaguars. Rick Pitino has challenged Samuels to hit the boards harder and he out-fought Terrence Williams early for a defensive rebound. Samuels with a nice rebound put back.

**Like seeing guys like Clark and Samuels making the hustle plays and diving on the floor for loose balls. These are two of Louisville's brightest stars and they aren't afraid of doing the dirty work chasing down the loose ball.

**Samuels made a great pass over the shoulder to Clark cutting down the lane for a dunk. That's a great sign for this team. Samuels also made a nice pass out of the post to an open Sosa for a three. Samuels is going to command lots of double teams which means he'll have plenty of capable shooters to feed all season for wide open shots. He appears willing and capable of doing that for this team.

**Preston Knowles isn't bashful or shy about taking the jump shot. After missing his first couple shots, Knowles didn't hesitate letting fly a three from the right wing. It found the bottom of the net.

**Samuels scored through a double team, got fouled but missed the free throw. He had 9 points and three boards 10 minutes into the game. Samuels is going to score a lot of points this season. He's already had three And-1 attempts in the game's first 15 minutes. He converted 2 out of 3.

**George Goode is giving UofL some really solid minutes. He had a nice outing against Morehead State Saturday and really hit the boards well in the first half against South Alabama.

Second Half Notebook
**Louisville looked a little flat out of the locker room. And there was Andre McGee to spark them with a 3 and a steal on the break. McGee added another steal moments later and made a great pass on the break to T-Will for dunk.

**T-Will made a great pass to Samardo Samuels for a monster dunk. That pass was set up by a steal on the press.

**There was a scary moment when T-Will came down awkwardly on his surgically repaired knee after getting fouled on the break. He shook it off, didn't come out of the game and hit 1 of 2 free throws after the timeout. He must have been OK evidenced by the backdoor slam a few moments later and the dancing he was doing watching the final minutes from the bench.

**Typical T-Will performance: 12 points, 7 boards, 7 assists.

**I thought Samardo was the most productive high school player in the country last year. I knew he was the real deal and I believed he'd have a major impact this season – and have said so many times. But even I didn't realize he was this good!

**Kyle Kuric, who is still struggling with a high ankle sprain, did not play against South Alabama. Terrence Jennings also didn't play against the Jaguars. Jennings has not played in UofL's last three games. We're not aware of any injury for Jennings. We assume Rick Pitino is sending the freshman some sort of important message by keeping him on the bench to open the season.

**Really good effort all around. Louisville 81, South Alabama 54.


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