Louisville picked up another ACC win last night, moving to 5-1 in the conference season. Not too shabby. Late tipoff and there is another game tomorrow, so let’s just get right to it.
-Louisville is proving to be a good TEAM. What do I mean? Jordan Nwora shoots 3-12 and 0-7 from three, and the Cards still put up 84 points because five guys score in double-figures and two other guys score nine each. That’s balance. They showed that they can still win games when Nwora isn’t scoring like crazy.
-Speaking of Nwora, he still contributed six rebounds and four assists, so that’s a positive. He still has to gather himself before catching the ball and taking off because it’s a walk every time.
-I like the combination of big guys and the different things they bring to the table. Malik Williams is more of a shooter that stretches the defense. Enoch is the big body down low, and yes I know he can shoot as well. I don’t have a problem with him taking threes. Both are playing very good defense on pick and rolls. They get back to their man pretty quickly for the most part. Malik seems to be playing with a lot of confidence right now and he has impressed me. I feel like there will come a time where both are on the floor at the same time.
-Cunningham and Fore combined for eight assists and four turnovers. Can’t hate that. They also combined for seven rebounds. Talk about big additions to this team. Those two have been awesome for us.
-Dwayne Sutton has picked up some unfortunate fouls lately. One of his charges seemed like a clear block last night. His other one was legit, he does use his off arm and just put his head down and go, and good defenders will use that to draw a foul on him.
-15 turnovers will not win many games in this league. Luckily, NC State had 23 of their own. It was a pretty sloppy game overall, so at least we left it with the win.
-24/29 from the free throw line is a good recipe for wins, especially when your opponent hits 12 three-pointers.
-Games on Raycom Sports…blah. I blame Andre McGee. Why not?
-Two more ACC games in January for the Cards. Revenge game against Pitt and then a Wake Forest team that is 1-5 in conference. You have to win those two games before the February gauntlet gets here. Let’s keep this thing rolling.
A simple pick & roll can open up so much. Sutton’s man has to help down to stop Malik, and CC’s court vision to get him the quick pass leads to this open three. pic.twitter.com/s0tNWa19VB— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 25, 2019
Great hustle play by Malik here. Defends the ball screen, recovers all the way back to his man, stays active, and it leads to a turnover.— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 25, 2019
Fore also helps on Malik’s man to give him time to get back down to him, by the way. pic.twitter.com/jYz8ochgVS
I’d really like to see Enoch get the ball here. He has his man that low on the block. They have to give him a look. If either defender doubles, Nwora or McMahon are open for the kick out. pic.twitter.com/VdIejskQez— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 25, 2019
Darius Perry does what he is supposed to do: beats his man and draws multiple defenders. But then the kickout is there to Sutton and he takes a challenged layup instead. pic.twitter.com/3WiVSholpB— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 25, 2019
Bad shot to start this sequence, but Dwayne Sutton doesn’t give up on the play and it leads to a big momentum bucket. pic.twitter.com/6KvKcowRed— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 25, 2019
Here is the high-low play that UofL runs a lot with Enoch getting position down low. He does his job, NC State has to help down, and Nwora makes the right pass to the corner instead of forcing it low.— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 25, 2019
If Enoch doesn’t get himself in position to score, they don’t have to help. pic.twitter.com/VZuRSbJrpe
Malik defends the screen and then takes a really bad angle to get back to his man. Watch him run in a curve and not a straight line. Sutton could have possibly helped over as well. pic.twitter.com/ekmDZJNwq9— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 25, 2019