This version of “After the Buzzer” will be a little shorter. With the quick turnaround to another game on Friday and Thanksgiving in between (so no telling how many dozens of people will see this), I will leave it at just the quick hitters and film review. Sound good? Let’s go.
-Louisville hung right in there with the #5 team in the country on a neutral floor. It didn’t get away from them until around the 6:50 mark. That HAS to be encouraging.
-What happened at the 6:50 mark? The phantom foul on Dwayne Sutton, which resulted in Chris Mack’s technical. It was 77-70 at that point, and Louisville didn’t score again until it was already 85-70. Huge play.
-It wasn’t a foul. I loved Chris Mack repeating how soft the call was.
-Steven Enoch, please come back on Friday. We need you, buddy.
-Jordan Nwora…sigh. What to make of you. I really want to be excited about the 23 points and 10 rebounds. But the coach in me sees eight turnovers, zero assists, and more mistakes on defense. Take the good with the bad, I guess. But if that bad ever gets fixed, watch out.
-Akoy Agau proved that if needed, he can provide a lift. 11 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes? Yes, absolutely. We will take that anytime.
-Looks to me like V.J. King is forcing it a little too much. I don’t know if he doesn’t get the ball enough in the flow of the offense, so when he does get it, he feels he has to make a play then? Either way, even on some of the drives where he gets fouled, he has collapsed the defense and has multiple wide open shooters on the perimeter.
-Personally, I like the 1-3-1 zone and was happy to see it. I am not sure that was the right personnel in the right spots, but I do like that we have that in our arsenal. I like to mix it in every now and then to throw a team off or get them out of their rhythm for a few minutes.
-I am trying to not take for granted that when one of our guys ends up on the floor, he has four teammates rushing to help him up. That’s a big deal. I love seeing it.
-Christian Cunningham remains solid with the ball and didn’t turn it over once. He has eight assists and four turnovers in four games.
-There are no moral victories in college basketball, but you can still be encouraged after a loss. This team is fun to watch. They can score and they never stop competing. They have to fix some issues on defense, whether it’s being in the right spot or just simply putting your hands in the air (seems simple, I know) and cut down on the turnovers, especially the ones that lead to the other team getting in transition. But I am looking forward to seeing how the guys respond on Friday. Someone is leaving this tournament with an 0-2 record. Let’s hope it’s our old rival, Marquette.
Christen Cunningham (bottom of screen) follows his man too far to the other side of the floor. He should stop and sit in help position. If so, he can at least challenge the layup after Sutton misses on the steal. pic.twitter.com/bOrhqXKDaN— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018
Malik Williams helps on the screen, but uses none of his length. Keeps both hands down. Easy shot with no one contesting it. pic.twitter.com/AA6IbbaOct— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018
Steven Enoch did not have a good night. But you can not box out by just sticking your arm out, especially with Grant Williams. Get a body on him. pic.twitter.com/anPCm2rcbU— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018
I stop myself from having too many videos on Jordan Nwora’s defense. Eventually, you get the point. But here is another one where he has both hands down on a shooter, and too much distance. Make it somewhat difficult. pic.twitter.com/EDSNrozGWf— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018
Heads up play from Akoy Agau. Looks like he will set a ball screen, so his man hedges way out, but he slips it and there is no one there. His man is hedging, and the ball defender didn’t switch because he never got screened. pic.twitter.com/QRTYK5vdbY— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018
Just had to put a positive defensive play. Darius Perry is clearly overmatched here, and plays great defense to force a bad shot. He is physical and doesn’t back down. pic.twitter.com/5IVPeIEkyT— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018
First video of the second half. Enoch gets back screened and just loses sight of the ball. pic.twitter.com/LqrJRwr1to— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018
Even though he didn’t score, Christen Cunningham made this play happen. With the drive, he brings the shot blocker over and just getting the ball up on the rim gives Agau the chance for the tip in. pic.twitter.com/nzqzG4TQa7— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018
77-70 when this “foul” occurs, which resulted in the technical. Louisville doesn’t score again until it’s 85-70. pic.twitter.com/5Y3PglyFN2— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018
Last one. Great set play against a 2-3 zone. Jordan Nwora screens the middle man and V.J. screens the other bottom defender. Malik Williams gets the easy bucket. pic.twitter.com/pEdXlIBGXt— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 22, 2018