Charles Barkley’s friend

An interesting story about an unlikely friendship:

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My team’s going to the Final Four

On the women’s side:

This past year, I’ve been to more Louisville women’s basketball games than any other teams’ games. I was there for their season opener against Southeast Missouri State. I went to a bunch of other games during the season, and I was at the first to rounds of the NCAA championship. I watched every other game, except for Kentucky and Air Force, which I missed because there was no television replay.

And since they’re in the Final Four, it’s my responsibility as a Cards fan to get on a plane and head to Columbus on Friday.

Watching women’s hoops in the Ville

It’s four games into the season, but I’m really enjoying Louisville women’s basketball this year. The highlight has been the 95-90 win over Ohio State, in Columbus, where Asia Durr set a UofL basketball scoring record (men’s and women’s) with 47 points. But the other three matchups against Southeast Missouri State, Toledo and Michigan have been blowouts, winning by 40, 35 and 25 points, respectively.

Here’s how good they are. I went to the SEMO season opener and thought the Cards were looking really sloppy. That was the 40 point win. Then I watched the Michigan game last night, when they went into halftime down five points. Michigan only scored 12 points in the final two quarters. That’s 12 points total.

Given the disappointment of UofL football and the scandal around men’s basketball, women’s hoops may end up being the must-see sport in the city. (Of course, there’s still Notre Dame and Connecticut around to burst that bubble, but right now, the UofL women are the No. 5 team in the country.)