-I just finished rewatching the game for the film review portion. I will do my best to have some positives in here so it’s not 100% negative, but it could be a struggle. I guess I better preface the post by saying I love Chris Mack and still believe in this team. Just know that, for what it’s worth.
-Louisville’s big men were just atrocious on defense in this one. Getting beat to the basket, giving up offensive rebounds, not scoring in the post. It was just all bad. Steven Enoch and Malik Williams combined to shoot 2-16 and 1-7 from three. For Virginia, Huff and Diakite combined for 26 points on 13-18 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds. Total mismatch that I did not expect to see.
-I have been a huge Enoch fan all season, but 0-6 from inside the three-point line won’t win you many games. It allowed Virginia to never have to double-team him, so when Louisville started missing threes that they were hitting, the offense was stagnant. I know that when he got the ball, it usually meant he wasn’t passing it back out, but most of his shots were from just a few feet out that he usually converts. Or he at least makes a couple of them, better than 0-6.
-CC having 6 assists and 1 turnover: positive.
-Jordan Nwora’s defense, whether it’s in a man or zone: negative. Tough to watch.
-I don’t know if the couple games that Darius Perry gave us a glimmer of hope was a sign of him turning the corner, or if that has already passed by again. He only played two minutes in this one. Just not sure if he or V.J. will find their way into the regular rotation again.
-Ryan McMahon’s four threes in the first half: positive.
-Did anyone feel comfortable with a 10-point lead at halftime? Even a little bit? Yeah, me neither.
-Watching Virginia is only frustrating because of how good and disciplined they play. There aren’t driving lanes because they are always in help. So, you have the three-point shot, which worked well for a half. And if they don’t double team the post, you have that option as well, but that didn’t really lead to any success. So once the threes stopped falling, that was it for Louisville. The second half was a lot of forced threes that just weren’t falling. Virginia ran their stuff, chipped away, and just kept playing and eventually it was a 10-point lead for them. By then, it was over. And that was with Guy and Jerome scoring 12 total points on 4-20 shooting. Not sure that will happen for them the rest of the season.
-Boston College, Notre Dame, and Virginia remain on the schedule. Win two of three and you are still 11-7 in the ACC. But 12-6 would be acceptable as well. Go ahead and win them all.
-Being a Louisville fan: still positive.
Punished myself by doing film review of the Virginia game. Here we go...— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 26, 2019
Rare mishap on defense for Virginia that UofL misses. Two guys double down on Malik, and Nwora is wide open for a couple seconds, but Fore doesn’t see him. pic.twitter.com/DXuNlCccvv
It doesn’t matter how obvious the double dribble is. You can’t just stop playing and motion to the ref what just happened. Or you risk giving up a bucket and fouling. pic.twitter.com/2wx1ziHzKX— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 26, 2019
This play sparked a big run for Virginia. Sutton and McMahon are boxing out, everyone else watches. Offensive rebound, dunk, and at least an 8-0 run would follow. pic.twitter.com/ebpBWLrk3M— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 26, 2019
Enoch gets caught in no man’s land here. He either needs to take the guy driving baseline, which is his job here in the 1-3-1, or back up and protect the rim. He gets caught in the middle and doesn’t stop the ball or protect the rim. pic.twitter.com/q2uiXlzgTu— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 26, 2019
More Enoch. He basically boxes out McMahon on this play, instead of Virginia’s big man, who is left open for the easy tip in. pic.twitter.com/0b21BpahgL— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 26, 2019
Fore’s job, when the ball is opposite his side, is to protect the block. He gets caught sleeping and they get the easy lob. Although Malik is kind of just hanging around also. pic.twitter.com/c60vishCIw— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 26, 2019
Big miscommunication here. Nwora and Fore end up on Fore’s man. Sutton then takes Nwora’s man. Sutton’s man rolls, and Enoch picks him up and fouls him. Looks bad on Enoch, but it starts with both Nwora and Fore guarding one player and everyone else trying to make up for it. pic.twitter.com/wHDj2XzVuD— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 26, 2019
Simple pick & roll gets the Cards here. Usually, CC would stop and stay on that block and help until Enoch recovers, but he doesn’t this time. So that half of the floor is wide open. pic.twitter.com/HdEDPZZrqP— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 26, 2019
Ending on a positive. This was not called a walk, and that’s the positive. Check that left “pivot” foot. pic.twitter.com/hRHi2c3iLu— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 26, 2019