My last post of 2018 (no idea what year you will read this in) is the worst kind to write. The kind where I am talking about Louisville losing to Kentucky in basketball. Since we are a few days removed from the game, I won’t ramble on and on. You saw it. You have your opinions on it. This one will have a lot of film review, in which you can see some of my thoughts in those tweets. So I will try to keep this one brief, and hope that 2019 begins better than 2018 ended.
-I was happy for Christen Cunningham to have the big game that he did. As a kid that grew up in Georgetown, Kentucky, he gets the rivalry. He finally got his chance to be apart of it, and he responded well. He was one of the only bright spots for the Cards for me.
-Jordan Nwora continues to score points and give up a lot of points. More on that in the film review, but he has to improve on that end of the floor. There is a disadvantage every time the Cards are on defense if not.
-It felt like Kentucky played team basketball, and Louisville tried to go one on one too much. I would not have expected that. The assist margin was 11 to 7 in favor of Kentucky, but it felt like it was a wider gap.
-Dwayne Sutton not being a factor was frustrating. His fouls may not have been fouls, but anytime you reach in, you are leaving it up to the official to make that call or not. When guys drive, he reaches in and it should usually be a jump ball, but again, you are putting your trust in the guys in stripes to see it happen pretty quickly.
-It looked like Darius Perry was about to have a huge game after his first two buckets, and then he started throwing the ball to the blue team. And they were usually bad turnovers that led to the Wildcats in transition. It was not his finest outing.
-You will see this in the film review, but it was so frustrating to see so many 50/50 balls or offensive rebounds end up with Kentucky, and it leading to points. You can’t have that many self-inflicted wounds if you are going to win a big rivalry game. There is a play where UofL didn’t box out, and it ended up leading to 4 points for the Cats on one possession because of fouling and missing out on another rebound on the same possession.
-Sometimes, it’s as simple as making shots. Louisville made six more free throws than Kentucky. Kentucky made one more three-pointer than Louisville. But overall field goals? Kentucky made 29 and Louisville made 20. Not much else to say there.
-That’s all I’ve got. I will save the rest for the film review. It’s mostly negative, but it should be after a loss. I don’t dislike anyone on the team, but I have to point out what I see. Enjoy! (Good luck)
Darius Perry gets screened and Enoch switches, but Perry doesn’t cover the roll on his switch. Not only that, but Jordan Nwora doesn’t exactly protect the basket as the next helper. pic.twitter.com/seuW5noKzG— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
Cunningham gets screened and then beat off the dribble. Nwora stays glued to his man and provides no help on the layup. Enoch is also late getting over. pic.twitter.com/sztH9KfLNd— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
Louisville gets lucky here. The gamble for the steal puts the entire defense at a disadvantage. Kentucky does not make them pay for it, but it’s still a bad play. pic.twitter.com/Mc5N4WGg7D— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
I point out bad defense, so I can point out the good. Khwan Fore is excellent on the ball and gets over the screen, forcing a challenged shot. pic.twitter.com/3FMOGFqiQX— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
After Ryan McMahon’s man drives, he stays under the basket, making no attempt to find his man and box him out. This leads to a FT, followed by a missed FT where UK gets the ball back, and ends up hitting a 3 (next video). pic.twitter.com/jn575wHH9S— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
After not securing the rebound on the missed FT, this happens. Two more offensive rebounds lead to a 3 pointer. So that’s 4 points that don’t happen if McMahon boxes out on the initial shot to start the possession. Plenty of guys could have made sure this 3 never happened though. pic.twitter.com/KotWeE70pG— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
Darius Perry has Herro beat right here and then backs his dribble out. Why? Drive to the rim and score or find a shooter. Instead, it’s a turnover and Kentucky scores 2 on the other end. pic.twitter.com/6rbNXxzYcQ— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
Malik Williams gambles, and has no help backside with Jordan Nwora not in the right spot, and not even willing to make the shot a challenge. pic.twitter.com/TOUpPe0QNT— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
Ryan McMahon beats his man and has the defense scrambling. He hits Malik, who has a good shot. But Cunningham would have a GREAT shot, and Malik takes it himself. Swing it and you have Cunningham or Sutton wide open. What’s it lead to? A three on the other end. pic.twitter.com/Uv8dpMMUn3— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
Nice two-man game here with Cunningham and Enoch. Set enough screens and the defense will miscommunicate. Enoch’s man switched and left him open on the roll. Oh, and he was WAY up there. pic.twitter.com/7LRQjmJtQn— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
McMahon beats his man again and is driving. Cunningham makes the smart play by drifting to the corner and making himself available. If he stays on the wing, that’s a tough pass for Ryan to make. pic.twitter.com/jKIoRrmGlv— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
I mean...he just drives through the lane like no one is there to defend him. I can only bring it up so many times. pic.twitter.com/eLtzS0gyHZ— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018
Play of the game to me. Down 6, if this tip dunk goes in, it’s a 4 point deficit and the momentum. Instead, the lead gets up to 12 right away and UofL never gets a chance to cut it to 4 the rest of the way. Brutal sequence. Cunningham gets beat on transition defense here as well. pic.twitter.com/0Y8BsntUZ9— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 31, 2018