-Tough. Together. Unbreakable. I think this team showed their toughness by taking a big punch from Seton Hall late in the game, and still finding a way to come away with the victory.
-We are only two games in, so this is way early, but could we possibly have our Dwayne Sutton replacement in Dre Davis? That guy gets some tough buckets and plays very physical. I think we are really going to like him.
-Once again, Carlik Jones just plays so under control and takes what the defense gives him. He can score or pass, and for the most part he is making the correct decisions so far. He played all 40 minutes and only turned the ball over twice. He had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. Is he going to be on triple-double watch every game? That’s cool, if so.
-Hopefully Samuell Williamson isn’t out for too long. He was playing really well in these first two games. That would be a big loss.
-J.J. Traynor. Have yourself a closing moment in this one! He scored four points all day and they were the biggest four points in his young career. The basket to put the Cards up by one was obviously big, but to step up and hit those free throws showed major toughness. My only advice: easssssyyyyy on the slamming of the ball when you are excited. Did anyone else hold their breath at that moment?
-So far I am having a love/hate relationship with Jae’Lyn Withers. I don’t hate anything about him as a person, so let’s not get dramatic. I love his versatility and I think he will cause some mismatch problems for teams we face. He can step out and shoot the ball as well as handle it and drive. I hate the lack of blocking out. It was pretty bad in this game, especially early on. I know they got an offensive rebound on a free throw because he stood and watched. On the play on the film review, he at least turns to be in position, but you have to be physical and move back into your man, not stay in one spot. This allowed Seton Hall to get the rebound. And although there was not a second rebound on the next shot in that play, the shot goes up and he runs right to the rim instead of to the man.
-One more quick note on Withers…I think his growing process will be sped up so much with Malik Williams out. He may do some things we don’t like as I just mentioned above, but we are going to see him improve much quicker with this opportunity that he has.
-Too early to call it Quinn’s corner? Probably, but let’s keep it in mind.
-Aidan Igiehon is making the most of his minutes. He only got five yesterday, but he still made an impact. On maybe his first defensive possession, he caught up to his man rolling to the basket and was active enough that the ball deflected off of the offense and we got a turnover. He had a big dunk on a no-look pass from Carlik and he also had one block and one steal. He is playing his role well so far and appears to be a really good teammate in spite of the lack of minutes.
-Seton Hall had 16 offensive rebounds. Louisville had eight.
-Louisville had nine assists and six of them belonged to Carlik Jones.
-The Cards were 2/14 from three. Who is going to be that guy to knock down some shots from deep? It seems like Quinn is usually in position to benefit from Carlik or DJ drives, but will he knock them down consistently? He was 1/4 yesterday and 1/3 against Evansville. The only other player on the roster with multiple threes made is Carlik Jones. He is 2/3.
-I noticed that the PA announcer said the final score was Seton Hall 70, Louisville 71. While correct, can we say the winning score first? Or am I being too needy?
-Overall, good win for the Cards. I am really enjoying seeing these young guys get meaningful minutes and watching Carlik be the floor general. Let’s finish the weekend with a 3-0 start on Sunday.
-As always, thanks for reading and checking out the film review. Go Cards!
Carlik Jones is so patient with the ball, which is great with as much pick and roll the Cards are running. He doesn’t deliver the pass right away. He goes right just enough that the bottom defender steps towards the corner, and Withers has the lane to himself. pic.twitter.com/AVz5jA7aVp— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
More pick and roll. This time it is David Johnson getting into the lane and hitting Quinn Slazinski for the corner three. He draws defenders and makes the right play. Quinn’s corner? pic.twitter.com/jrOGSRm5W6— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
Now watch this one. I think right when DJ gets to the free throw line, he has an opening to kick to Quinn again. Instead he keeps driving and picks up one of those cheap fouls that we can’t have him getting. pic.twitter.com/cVPqSyYNJp— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
Common theme early was offensive boards for Seton Hall. It’s a team thing, but Jae’Lyn Withers gave some up for sure. Couple examples here. First one, he turns to box out, but doesn’t really move his man back. Second shot, just runs to the rim. No rebound, but you get the point. pic.twitter.com/R2d5PCWwX4— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
Example of a play working and then not working. This set worked against Evansville, but Seton Hall switched the screen down low and got the steal. Good defensive awareness. pic.twitter.com/uXqw5ZxweK— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
Beautiful job here by Quinn. Seton Hall is aggressive on defense and his man anticipates the screen about to be set, so he slips it and is open and Carlik finds him. Traynor coming up to screen takes his man out of the lane, which helps. pic.twitter.com/ppZV7FdOSw— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
This is one where I thought Dre Davis had the extra pass to Quinn and did not make it. I also find it funny watching the defender jump and not be anywhere near Davis. But I guess that’s a good way to not foul a three point shooter. pic.twitter.com/1XynZzf2YW— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
Dre Davis had himself a mini-run to show what he can do, and it was awesome. Offensive rebound, back your man down, and score the physical bucket. This was great to see. Sweet little up and under move as well. pic.twitter.com/P3aPwDRczH— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
The rotations, the help, the recoveries when someone got beat off the dribble. This was an excellent possession of team defense. pic.twitter.com/5FMVxdtNL4— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
Watch Carlik come off the screen and get in the air. He turns his body just enough to make it look like he is kicking the ball to Quinn. Nope, drop it down to Igiehon for the dunk. pic.twitter.com/EKXxXbIxNA— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
Seton Hall was on a 16-2 run and it was looking shaky for Louisville. Dre Davis comes through with another physical bucket and gets the foul. Love the way he plays. Seems like a tough player that Mack really wants here. pic.twitter.com/JSixEQYVO3— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020
Obviously ending on this one. Seton Hall comes out in a zone and traps right away. Great back up dribble by Carlik to create space and get rid of the ball. Then J.J. Traynor makes the huge play at the end. Really bad trap by Seton Hall to allow Carlik to make the pass. pic.twitter.com/poW2ssMWty— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) November 28, 2020