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.
-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.
Simple play? Yes, but Steven Enoch passing the ball out of the post and repositioning to get it back shows growth. I don’t think he thinks about passing this last year.— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
Also, Darius could drift to the corner to be wide open. Makes it easy on the defense if he stands still. pic.twitter.com/HPrTxMi6i7
More Enoch. As soon as the defender gets on his right side, he is done. Perry makes the quick pass to Sutton and Enoch seals his man. The quick pass by Sutton makes this basket happen. He didn’t wait, he knew Enoch had his man.— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
McMahon’s man couldn’t help too far off of him. pic.twitter.com/mH8QsotlRe
Nwora gets lost on this inbounds play. He shows help on Perry’s man, but then completely loses his man. Fresh Kimble is right there and can help on Perry’s man so Nwora doesn’t have to. That’s two guys guarding one. Not needed.— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
Igiehon also doesn’t help with his man screening. pic.twitter.com/wchB8mYZE2
Doesn’t look like much, but Fresh Kimble’s help defense is great here. Doesn’t allow them to throw it into the post, they use up too much time and force a bad shot that leads to a transition dunk for the Cards.— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
That’s a veteran knowing where to be on defense. pic.twitter.com/HBxb2B5NLK
Guess I can’t get enough of Enoch getting good position. He walks his man down to the block, not trying to post up 10 feet away. Once he lulls his man to sleep, he turns and has him right under the basket. He does all of this work before he ever touches the ball. pic.twitter.com/cJ9h9BaDU6— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
More defense from Kimble. Last time it was in help, this time it’s on the ball. He has a big size disadvantage but stays in front of his man. Again, it takes up enough time that they scramble and turn it over, which leads to another transition dunk. pic.twitter.com/NEqol3Ne96— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
This is where we can see how raw Igiehon is on defense. He closes out with his feet flat and not ready to defend the drive. So he gets to the spot, but isn’t ready to move and gets turned around. pic.twitter.com/bvOqjVmq4e— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
Defense leading to offense? You don’t say! Ryan McMahon helps down on Enoch’s man, and Enoch’s length doesn’t allow them to make that post entry with the mismatch. Enoch recovers, as does McMahon. Long shot and miss leads to a transition dunk. pic.twitter.com/cKabSG8SLt— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
Watch the beginning of this. Enoch’s man has his hands on his knees, he is done before the play starts. Enoch walks around him and already has him under the basket. Catch and make a quick move.— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
By the way, Enoch’s left handed jump hook is quite impressive. pic.twitter.com/YayypvhcQ3
Putting this on here to show Darius Perry’s unselfish play that he had all game. He got the steal and could have tried to take it all the way himself, but he made the smart play. pic.twitter.com/1YRkMrqH9x— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019
Ending with this. Darius did not play loose last season. He does here. Simple play, but it said so much to me. He had a great game passing the ball and being involved on offense & defense, it seemed to make him confident to “just play ball” and not overthink it. Too deep? Maybe. pic.twitter.com/FHsJoGgSpv— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 11, 2019