Wednesday did not provide much competition for the Louisville Cardinals, but they did what you would want them to do: they took care of business and did not let up. It’s easy to get complacent in these games and start to play down to your competition and get out of the flow of your gameplan, but that did not happen. With all of the excitement around Scott Satterfield and the upcoming game against the Hoosiers, I won’t waste anymore of your time. Let’s get right to some quick hitters and film review. As always, thanks for checking this out.
-When a shooter is struggling to find his shot, he sometimes just needs something simple to happen. Maybe that’s making a layup or getting to the free throw line and knocking them down. Just something to see the ball go through the net. Maybe V.J. King needed a game against a lesser opponent to get him going. Maybe this was the equivalent of that shooter just seeing the ball go through the net. V.J. saw himself finishing at the rim in traffic. Does this jumpstart him? We shall see. Either way, that dunk was incredible.
-Steven Enoch returned. That’s a good thing. We still need to see it against good competition though. It’s bound to happen. I believe it will. But he can’t keep having great games against these teams and then laying eggs in the bigger games. Too many big games on this schedule.
-Jordan Nwora had 21 points, but I am happier to see the five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block. Continue to do other things besides just score.
-Giving up 11 offensive rebounds to that team is not ideal. Even in a 45 point victory, there are things to be corrected.
-Still a fan of Christen Cunningham. Love the five assists and only one turnover.
-Jordan Nwora is averaging 17 points per game. After that, there are seven guys averaging anywhere between 6.4 and 9.9 points per game. Got to love that balance.
-Not much else to add from this one. Cards did what they needed to do and are looking pretty good at 6-2. Saturday would be a very nice win to get.
A heavy dose of Steven Enoch in this film review. He makes some good moves to get open before he gets the ball. And not much negative to point out all around, so that’s a good thing.
When Christen Cunningham has the ball, it’s a bad angle to pass it down to Enoch. So he swings it and Enoch seals his man, making the pass easier and no way to defend him. Good job of working before you have the ball. pic.twitter.com/eRG9qFg5VF— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 6, 2018
Good high-low action here. And more good position from Steven Enoch. He posts his man up, and once Jordan Nwora catches the ball, Enoch spins and seals his man again. pic.twitter.com/VHgUnKiMjr— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 6, 2018
Enoch hedges the screen, but gives Fore enough room to get back to his man and then Enoch also recovers. Leads to a stop, which leads to transition and a dunk. If Enoch plays it differently, this may not happen. pic.twitter.com/TiuEolR0E9— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 6, 2018
Love this set. As soon as the ball goes to the corner, V.J. King sets a backscreen for Enoch. No communication by the defense and the Cards get an easy dunk. You can see the frustration from V.J.’s man. pic.twitter.com/GZMfGHQAfJ— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 6, 2018
If you have watched these this season, you know Malik Williams usually runs way too far when he hedges a screen. This time he doesn’t. Not a game changing play, but I have shown the mistake so much that I have to show the improvement as well. Little things. pic.twitter.com/SbtP7PgpfX— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 6, 2018
Remember that backscreen play for the dunk? Let’s see if the defense has fixed their communication on it. Spoiler alert: they have not. Run it again. pic.twitter.com/lfmur08HTc— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 6, 2018
Malik Williams does a good job of driving the lane, but then takes a bad shot when he has V.J. King wide open and it’s an easy pass because he is already moving that direction. pic.twitter.com/nIpDw6Qv40— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 6, 2018
Enoch hedges the screen and can not get back to his man in time. Dwayne Sutton picks him up so there is no easy score there, and Enoch takes Sutton’s man and everything is fine. Excellent team defense. pic.twitter.com/BieGe7zMes— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 6, 2018
And finally, no big breakdown here. This play just deserved to be seen again. But if you want to get technical, Perry collapsed the whole defense in the lane with his drive, and V.J.’s man never bothered to go box him out. Lucky for us, I suppose. pic.twitter.com/sgu5Nob9i0— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 6, 2018