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Louisville Basketball Non-Conference Number Crunch

Opponent FG % Louisville FG % Opponent 3 Pt % Louisville 3 Pt FG %
Game Make Att % YTD Make Att % Make Att % YTD Make Att %
UT Martin 16 54 29.6% 29.6% 31 57 54.4% 6 18 33.3% 33.3% 9 23 39.1%
Lamar 15 65 23.1% 26.1% 23 57 40.4% 3 19 15.8% 24.3% 3 11 27.3%
Butler 18 46 39.1% 29.7% 24 47 51.1% 4 18 22.2% 23.6% 5 18 27.8%
Arkansas St 10 41 24.4% 28.6% 19 51 37.3% 1 10 10.0% 21.5% 5 13 38.5%
Ohio 21 55 38.2% 30.7% 20 54 37.0% 8 23 34.8% 25.0% 5 19 26.3%
Long Beach St 25 55 45.5% 33.2% 26 57 45.6% 3 11 27.3% 25.3% 7 17 41.2%
Vanderbilt 18 44 40.9% 34.2% 25 60 41.7% 10 26 38.5% 28.0% 5 20 25.0%
IUPUI 22 61 36.1% 34.4% 35 63 55.6% 9 23 39.1% 29.7% 3 11 27.3%
Far Dickensen 21 59 35.6% 34.6% 27 63 42.9% 6 16 37.5% 30.5% 9 29 31.0%
Memphis 26 63 41.3% 35.4% 28 70 40.0% 6 15 40.0% 31.3% 7 23 30.4%
C of Charleston 20 52 38.5% 35.6% 27 62 43.5% 12 23 52.2% 33.7% 8 22 36.4%
WKU 23 52 44.2% 36.3% 22 55 40.0% 6 15 40.0% 34.1% 5 16 31.3%

Some observations:

1. FG Shooting

FG% through first 5 games - opp 30.7%, UL 44.0%

FG% through last 7 games - opp 40.2%, UL 44.2% - we are about the same, opponents are almost 10 points better

Two of our last three opponents outshot us from the field (Memphis and WKU). And while Charleston did not outshoot us overall, they did outshoot us greatly from 3PT 52.2% to our 36.4% - almost 16 points better.

Opponent numbers continue to improve (see above 30.7 to 40.2 ytd), while our percent is relatively unchanged.

2. 3 Pt Shooting

3Pt% through first 5 games - opp 25.0%, UL 33.7%

3Pt% through last 7 games - opp 40.3%, UL 31.9% - we are down slightly, they are up 15.3%

And the opponents 3PT% continues to rise. Since the Arkansas St game, opponents 3 pt % has risen from 21.5% to 34.1% ytd. That is either a huge improvement in their shooting or a lack of 3 pt defense by the Cards.

Another thing about 3 pt shooting, in the first 6 games we outshot our opponents from 3pt every game. In the last 6 games the opponents have out shot us EVERY game - and by a lot. Four of the 6 games were by double digits and the average was 41.5% to our 30.6%. And our opponents shooting has steadily improved and by large margins:

1st 4 games - 21.5%

Middle 4 games - 36.1%

Last 4 games - 43.5%

In fact for the last 4 games our opponents 3 Pt% of 43.5% is better than our total FG percentage of only 41.6%.

We must defend the 3Pt shot better or we will be in deep trouble. And we must shoot the ball better ourselves. This performance will not get us where we want to be in April.

Go Cards.

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