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After the Buzzer: Youngstown State

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NCAA Basketball: Youngstown State at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The Cards took care of business on Sunday and did what a top five team is supposed to do, dispatched an inferior team and played a lot of guys. There are plenty of game recaps you can read, including one on this site, so I don’t need to do that. Let’s get to some quick hitters and film review.

Quick Hitters

-The top of the list has to be the play of Darius Perry. The junior dished out a career high 12 assists and only had one turnover. I know who the opponent was, but the mentality of Perry is what is important here. We know he can score, but if he truly keeps that point guard mentality when that’s his role, it will greatly benefit this team.

-More about Perry…I point this out in the film review at the end, but I want to expand on it. The play I show is just a simple dribble and pull-up jumper. Doesn’t seem like much to “review” on film. But I saw it as more than that. Darius never seemed comfortable last season or that he was playing loose. The play I show looks like it is just him playing basketball and not overthinking it. I believe it was a product of the game he had. He got his teammates involved and was solid on offense and defense. He was very much active and involved in this game. This allowed him to relax, be confident, and just do his thing. Did I look too much into it? Maybe, but I don’t think so.

-When the opposition has no answer for Steven Enoch and he and the team realize it, it’s going to be a great day in the paint. The work he does before he gets the ball is fun to watch. He had 17 points and 14 rebounds and was just a beast and a mismatch down low. Oh, and he is passing the ball out of the post now, which is a big growth in his game. He could have had at least three assists in this game if the guy knocks the shot down after Enoch passes it to them. Either way, it’s good to see him take what the defense is giving him thus far.

-There is absolutely no reason that Youngstown State should have outrebounded Louisville. They also had 19 offensive rebounds, which is not good at all if you are a fan of the Cards (I assume you are). Offensive rebounds are mainly about effort, and there’s no excuse to have someone outwork you.

-Louisville had 22 assists on 33 made baskets. That’s a positive.

-Dwayne Sutton played 30 minutes and only took three shots, proving once again that he doesn’t have to score to bring value to this team.

-Aidan Igiehon is going to make the most of his time on the floor and not waste fouls. He picked up four in five minutes played. His defense still needs work.

-Fresh Kimble was 0-6 from the floor, but I am still not worried about that. His offense will come. He did have five assists and no turnovers, so I will take that ratio. He also continues to play solid defense.

-Samuell Williamson gets in there and rebounds really well for a freshman. He only had six points, but it’s good to see him pulling down five boards and dishing out two assists. The freshman doesn’t just have to score to make plays.

-I said I’d watch it all season, so I am going to…Jordan Nwora didn’t have an assist, so he now has two assists and four turnovers after two games. I am looking for those assists to outweigh the turnovers this year. They certainly did not last season.

-On the other side of that, Darius Perry now has 16 assists to three turnovers.

-Chris Mack wasn’t pleased with the effort overall from the team. Maybe there was a letdown after opening the season with a conference game and then playing this team, I don’t know. They responded well to start the second half, but the end of the first half just looked like Youngstown State wanted it more. We’ll see if the focus is there for 40 minutes on Wednesday night against Indiana State.

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