-Louisville got back into the win column on Saturday with a 99-67 win over Eastern Kentucky. Whenever you enter the game as a 32-point favorite and the contest is pretty lopsided the whole way, it could be hard to take much away from it. I’ll do my best to point out some things that I saw.
-You will see a play on the film review that showed improvement from the Texas Tech game. Jordan Nwora catches the ball at the top of the key and looks into Steven Enoch. Darius Perry’s man starts to double down from the corner, leaving Perry open. Nwora makes a quick pass to him instead of forcing it to Enoch, and Perry buries the three. More of that, please.
-Speaking of Nwora, he had three assists and ZERO turnovers this game! This brings his season totals to 16 assists and 24 turnovers, creeping towards that 1:1 ratio.
-Here’s how the point guard numbers broke down:
*Darius Perry – 19 minutes, 5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 2/3 from the field, and 1/2 from three.
*Fresh Kimble – 13 minutes, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover, 0/2 from the field, and 0/1 from three.
*David Johnson – 17 minutes, 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 2/3 from the field, and 1/1 from three.
I’m not going to declare this competition over after one game against EKU, but I really liked what I saw from David Johnson. I’ll just leave it at that for now.
-Malik Williams continues to be a huge asset on defense. He is so active if you watch him hedge on screens, get back to his man in the post, and then defend his man when he gets the ball. He is a leader on the floor and is very valuable to have out there.
-Steven Enoch did what he was supposed to do against an inferior opponent by scoring 23 points (career-high) and grabbing seven rebounds. But no matter who you are playing, going 9/10 from the field is very impressive.
-Shoutout to Dwayne Sutton for scoring over 1,000 points in his college career. I’m sure glad he came back home.
-Ryan McMahon led the team with six assists. I love that anytime he makes a pass or plays defense, or does anything besides shoot the ball, the announcers make it a point to say that he wasn’t doing that stuff when he first got to UofL. We get it. A college basketball player improved his game. Seems like a good thing to do.
-“Joker and the Thief” score watch (will this be a thing now? Maybe): Louisville was up by 24 at the under eight-minute media timeout. They won by 32. Just saying.
Long shot usually means long rebounds on a miss. Running to the rim does no good, and it doesn’t matter how big you are sometimes. pic.twitter.com/DesIB3x6VN— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019
Steven Enoch’s man is going to front him when he gets to the strong side block, which is perfect. The pass to Nwora allows Enoch to seal his man off and have the lane to himself. Ryan McMahon being on the other side means his man will not help down in the lane. pic.twitter.com/QsURzD0nhw— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019
Nwora gets switched on the screen and doesn’t really slide his feet in a defensive stance. He crosses them and isn’t low enough to be quick. Ball handler beats him to the rim. pic.twitter.com/6lbipgcCtW— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019
I love extra passes! Sutton passes up a tough shot down low, McMahon gives up a good shot for Malik, who then gives up a good shot for a great shot by David Johnson. Excellent ball movement. pic.twitter.com/umSS9gDHV6— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019
He’s done it all season, but I can’t stop pointing out when Ryan McMahon plays great help defense on a big man. He gets in his way just enough to let Malik get back and alter the shot and not give up an easy dunk on the roll. pic.twitter.com/69W2hUtoeU— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019
Always good when the other team runs into each other, which starts this fast break. Then watch McMahon use his body to keep the defender on his backside, and then the reverse layup uses the rim as a defender against the defense, if you will. pic.twitter.com/kvNloh0rmD— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019
Really good defense on one end by Nwora and Malik and the Cards are on the break. Malik fakes a ball screen with a hesitation move and cuts to the basket, and gets a good pass from David Johnson. pic.twitter.com/BbsCVZJalU— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019
Remember that Texas Tech game where we kept forcing it down low and the corner man was open because his man was doubling? This is how you fix that. Nwora looks down, double team comes, quick pass to Perry. pic.twitter.com/kDiJ5mNGZu— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019
When the camera cuts to him, I count 15 dribbles from Fresh Kimble here. Not sure how many there were before that. Nothing to break down here, just showing a bad possession. The ball has to move or those dribbles have to have a purpose. pic.twitter.com/xSfqKSQbuq— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019
Let’s end on this one. Again, not an X and O play to diagram, but highlighting the court vision from David Johnson. Great find in the corner. pic.twitter.com/C1T0QyjYG2— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 15, 2019