-After the collapse against Duke, it would have been more surprising if there wasn’t some sort of hangover from the team, which it appeared that there was. Luckily, Louisville got Clemson at home and hung on to get the win. It wasn’t pretty, but this is a game where they can take a lot of lessons from it, and to do that in a win is much better than having to learn from a loss.
-Obvious, but closing out games has to get better. Louisville led 48-41 with 3:20 to play and then started to force shots, miss shots, and stop defending in the post. Clemson also hit a couple of wild threes. In that time, only two possessions of Clemson’s press got stops. On one, Jordan Nwora threw the ball away deep. On the other, Sutton got tied up for a jump ball with the possession going to the Tigers. Oh, and then that final inbounds pass, which was a disaster and almost sent the season in a downward spiral. So, three possessions, but they were so avoidable to me.
-On the inbounds play where Nwora threw it long and nobody was there, I feel like that was his mistake. Ryan McMahon is Louisville’s best free throw shooter, so he probably isn’t going to be running away from the ball in this situation. He also isn’t who you want in transition for a layup because he can get caught and blocked. You want him shooting free throws, so he fakes long, and then comes to the ball. Plus, Enoch ran deep, probably as a decoy. You wouldn’t send two guys deep. I think Nwora lost focus and didn’t know what McMahon was supposed to be doing. Just my guess.
-Maybe someone else can inbound the ball against the press.
-You will see in the film review below, but Jordan Nwora and Darius Perry have to get better on fast breaks. They want the ball, I get it. But you make it so easy on the defense if you never pass it. If you pass the ball, the defense follows it, and you can get it right back for an easy bucket. Keep it yourself, and they can key in on one person with no ball movement.
-Steven Enoch was 1-7, which is rare. He missed some from point blank range. Hit a couple of those and there is a lot more breathing room in this one.
-Louisville had 8 assists total, and they were all from CC and McMahon. That isn’t ideal.
-The rebounding margin was 42-29 in favor of Clemson. Also not ideal.
-No matter who Louisville played after that Duke loss, it was going to be a struggle. Hopefully, it was just a one-time thing and now they can get back on track. To play that poorly and with the assists and rebound numbers, and STILL come out with a win, is still a positive. You saw things you have to work on, but you saw them in a close win. Now go fix those things. Please.
Film review? Let’s do it. We’ll start with Steven Enoch getting just enough contact here on Darius Perry’s man to give Perry enough space to get the shot off. Subtle, but it worked. pic.twitter.com/WBFyogmKwA— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 17, 2019
3 on 2 break. Drive until they stop the ball, which they did at the free throw line. You have Perry on your left, CC on your right, VJ trailing. No reason to not get a good shot on this break. pic.twitter.com/KdY9v29VkB— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 17, 2019
A better fast break. The ball gets down court faster with the pass than the dribble, so McMahon gives it to his point guard right away and guys run the floor, and CC finds Sutton. A lot harder to defend this when the ball moves. pic.twitter.com/XkKBeLT3pq— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 17, 2019
McMahon’s man starts in the left corner and goes to the opposite corner. Ryan gets caught in help and then overhelps on Fore’s man, which wasn’t needed. Ryan is too far away from his man and the skip pass gives him an open shot. pic.twitter.com/jghRTANSkS— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 17, 2019
And here is great defense by McMahon. CC forces his man to pick his dribble up and he gets stuck. Ryan denies his man the ball and they have to force a bad shot at the end of the shot clock. Just good court awareness on this one to know he was looking for a release. pic.twitter.com/VqMeuw7ww6— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 17, 2019
Another way not to run the fast break. No numbers. No passing. No further explanation needed. pic.twitter.com/m03NTiC0tv— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 17, 2019
Backscreen play that UofL always runs doesn’t work this time. I think Nwora starts too close to Sutton. Malik’s man helps down, but Perry hasn’t moved, so Malik isn’t really open. The defense switches, so Nwora should flash to the elbow. If Malik’s man helps, Malik is open. pic.twitter.com/qZ7oZcPQBu— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 17, 2019
Huge defensive play here, and it’s so simple. CC helps on the roll and just forces the guy to change his shot because he didn’t expect anyone to be there. Goes from an easy bucket to a stop and transition for UofL. pic.twitter.com/QKbFqM0bnB— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 17, 2019
Positive to end it. Nwora comes right off the screen so his man has to follow behind him. If he takes a bad angle, he isn’t open. Helps that Sutton’s man falls asleep and isn’t in help where he should be. pic.twitter.com/IuvI93qmwF— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 17, 2019
-Go Cards. Go Krogering.