The headlines that you are going to see stemming from the start of Louisville’s trip through the Caribbean is that the Cardinals lost both ends of a double-header in their opener against Puerto Rico’s national teams.
What they won’t tell you, however, is that neither of those losses should be all that concerning.
In the opener, Louisville rested their starters, giving their young guys and end of the bench players a chance to perform against Puerto Rico’s Junior National Team. Louisville lost 94-88 and trailed by as much as 16 points, but to get an idea of who was on the floor for most of the game, think about this: walk-on Jay Henderson led the team with 16 points.
The second game pitted the guys that are going to play the majority of the minutes going up against Puerto Rico’s Senior National Team, the one that includes former first round pick Moe Harkless, longtime NBA point guard J.J. Barea and the infamous Renaldo Balkman. The Cards lost that game as well, 89-81, but there were some things that we can take out of it: