-Anyone else still pumped about that big win on Saturday night? I can’t get enough of the highlights. I’ve watched the game twice and I may have to add another viewing soon. From the start, Louisville was the more aggressive team and just seemed tougher. So many deflections, steals, and runouts early on. It was really hard to believe.
-And I know we were all on the same page here. No matter how big that lead was, not a single one of us felt comfortable. And I don’t think it was a surprise that they came back. It’s Duke. It’s Cameron Indoor. They were going to make their run. Last year’s Louisville team folded at home. THIS year’s Louisville team held on and made plays to win on the road. Huge difference!
-David Johnson…what more can I say? The guy was incredible and paced the Cards through the first half. He got to the rim and scored whenever he wanted. He made great passes and his court vision continues to impress me. A lot of people are wanting him to start. I honestly do not care who starts. To me, it’s more important who plays significant minutes and who closes the game, not who is out there for the jump ball. DJ shows up several times in the film review so there really isn’t much more to say about his performance. It was amazing.
-Check out how the homegrown boys did on Saturday night…
-David Johnson: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 8-12 FG, 2-2 FT.
-Dwayne Sutton: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 3-6 FG, 7-8 FT.
-Cards were 14-17 from the line for 82.4%.
-From three? 7-14. Awesome.
-Ryan McMahon played 13 minutes and made the most of it. Right when he came in, he made a great pass to a cutting David Johnson for a backdoor dunk. Late in the second half, he hits a huge three on the underneath out of bounds play.
-Jordan Nwora assist/turnover watch for this game: two assists and one turnover. That’s a positive.
-With the game tied up twice late in the second half, Fresh Kimble broke them with huge plays. Both are on the film review, so you will see them. But the first was the driving layup where he finished and got fouled. Just watch the hesitation dribble he uses. The next was the step-back three pointer that I thought had no chance of going in from the camera angle. The guy has made some of the biggest shots of the season at Kentucky and at Duke. Combine that with his defense and leadership and you can see why he was a captain for three years at St. Joe’s.
-Malik Williams was saving all of the juice in his legs for that last play. My goodness! I mean, what more do you want me to say about that? He hits two big free throws and then caps it off with a baptism. That will go down as one of “those” dunks that we always remember. Put it up there with Kuric at ND, Earl over Harangody, and Trezl in the championship game. No, I am not ranking those dunks as the best ever at UofL. They were just a few that came to mind. The pictures of this dunk are great just because of reactions in the background from players and fans.
-Random, but the camera angle from a few rows up needs to be retired. As much as I love a shaking video, just keep it simple.
-I thought Samuell Williamson played well. The stage didn’t look too big for him. I have always been a fan of his rebounding and he grabbed four to go along with his five points in 20 minutes played.
-So many chest fouls.
-Bench points: Louisville 39 – Duke 5.
-Louisville just went on the road for three straight ACC games and won them all. Not only that, they had to show some toughness and fight to win them all, which I think is an even bigger deal. They beat Notre Dame by three, beat Pittsburgh by five in overtime after being down by seven with 2:20 left in regulation, and then hold off the Blue Devils in this one. Nothing came easy. They had to earn each win, and they did that. I, for one, could not be prouder.
-As always, thanks for reading. Let’s build on this and beat Georgia Tech. Go Cards!
The tone was set early. If Duke dribbled in the post, Louisville was going after it. Loose ball? Cards on the floor. The toughness was brought by the guys in red. pic.twitter.com/gRNMdEiOST— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Smart play by Sutton on this one. Fakes the screen and slips it to the basket. Lane opens up when Malik brings his man up. pic.twitter.com/y2c92UyWhi— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Beautiful backdoor play. Right side is cleared out and McMahon dribbles right at David Johnson. Sets his man up with a little hop step towards the three point line and then boom! (Madden voice) cuts to the basket. Nwora brings his man out of the lane to open it up. pic.twitter.com/7vsjH695dB— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Next few are David Johnson, and for good reason. This is just a great individual move. No set play. Nothing much to explain. Just a guy making a play on his own. pic.twitter.com/7MalyDL0EN— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
I show this every time UofL runs it and gets the bucket. Out of the “horns” set, DJ passes to Nwora, who turns his body to the outside to set a little screen on Johnson’s man. Again, McMahon is on the ball side so his man won’t be helping off of him. Love it. pic.twitter.com/hPGJ5BWSba— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Out of the “horns” set again, this time DJ uses the screen from Nwora to get to the basket. He collapses the defense and makes a great pass to Darius Perry for the three. The court vision is so impressive. pic.twitter.com/wCjiWtUefX— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
This is one that made my jaw literally drop. Duke is making a run and looks to have an open dunk and guess who saves the day? David freaking Johnson. pic.twitter.com/q5ohIQa83T— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Fresh Kimble’s defense has been great all season. Just another example of it. pic.twitter.com/9uek0GTtJ2— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Twice when the game was tied, Fresh made the big play. I will show both of them. Look at the hesitation move right when he comes off the screen and gets to the elbow. Slight hesitation dribble and then a blow by to the rim. pic.twitter.com/tL19dOHeBC— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Tied again. Fresh again. Am I the only one that thought it was going to be off right? pic.twitter.com/4MWhCXhfaH— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Huge three on the inbounds play. Usually when Ryan sets a screen, they don’t switch because his man has to stay with him. This time they do, and Vernon Carey couldn’t cover him up in time. pic.twitter.com/WUtmjkoE4o— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Yep. Eyebrows raised on this (and again just now watching it). I was expecting some sort of off balanced layup attempt. No. We got a monster dunk from the freshman. pic.twitter.com/h8eUGEr4AW— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
Malik gets switched onto Tre Jones and plays excellent defense. Stays in front of him and challenges the shot without fouling. Good thing he didn’t foul with his chest. pic.twitter.com/8Bw3UDe89j— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020
You already know what we are ending on. Malik saves all of his leaping ability the entire game for this moment. And my word it was worth it! pic.twitter.com/9nzq0BTCj5— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) January 20, 2020