-The Cards are 4-0. Had to start with that.
-It seems like every newcomer will be taking turns having a big performance to start the season, which is fine by me. Carlik Jones took the Evansville game, J.J. Traynor had the big bucket and free throws to end the Seton Hall game, Jae’Lyn Withers (I know he was here last year) had his turn against Prairie View A&M, and against WKU it was Dre Davis. The freshman had 21 points on 7/9 shooting to lead all scorers in the game. It was Dre’s Day.
-Can’t wait to see what Gabe Wiznitzer does on Friday!
-At the time of writing this on Wednesday afternoon, Jimmy Dykes is still talking about how good Charles Bassey is.
-Bassey was good. He had 13 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks. He was not great. He turned the ball over six times and was 0/3 from three, which were shots we were all comfortable with him taking.
-I thought Aidan Igiehon played well in his 11 minutes. You would never know that by looking at the box score. Two points, two rebounds, five fouls. But he played with the energy he always does and he played physical against Bassey. If anyone on the team can do that with any big man in the country, it is the Irish Hulk. If he comes in and plays hard and makes his fouls worth it and not cheap, then he is helping this team.
-Carlik Jones: 18 points, six rebounds, four assists.
David Johnson: 17 points, six rebounds, eight assists.
Yeah, I really like our backcourt. Please stay out of foul trouble. Thanks.
-I mention this on one of the film clips, but I think those two guards are very interchangeable. Either one can drive and dish, so there isn’t too much pressure on one to always be the guy running the show. Obviously the pick and roll is a big part of our offense this season, but another aspect should also be one of those guards driving and kicking to the other and then he drives the lane, like in a dribble drive kind of way. The defense will have to collapse so much on the first guy that the second should have an off-balance defense when he is driving.
-Let me get back to Davis really quick. I keep thinking more and more that we have our next Dwayne Sutton, and that was a big role to fill and one that I did not expect to be filled so soon. He plays hard, brings a toughness, can knock down the three but you would still rather see him drive, and isn’t backing down from anybody. He has been a pleasant surprise, to say the least.
-The first half of this game looked like two evenly matched teams. WKU threw the first punch, Louisville countered, and we had a balanced game. Then the Cards pulled away in the second half and it looked like Western threw in the towel. After that first half, you expected this game to go down to the wire. Louisville delivered a knockout punch early and WKU just took it.
-Dykes just praised Bassey again.
-I was happy to see a graphic on the screen about players from the 2018 class DURING A FREE THROW. That was great.
-Louisville is clearly putting an emphasis on taking charges this year, and they are doing great with it. I don’t have any stats on that, but it seems like they are drawing multiple charges in every game.
-After giving up 16 offensive rebounds in each of the last two games, the Cards only gave up eight.
-16 assists on 26 made baskets. Very nice.
-Quinn was 0/4 from the field and 0/3 from three. At some point, he HAS to take advantage of these opportunities…right???
-I don’t know how many games need to be played before I can declare that I love this team, but I am at that point. I don’t see egos. The guys play hard and together. The defense is solid and a good team defense. They just keep fighting. Someone different continues to step up. I really am enjoying watching this squad.
-As always, thank you for reading. Let’s get another one on Friday in an afternoon game. Go Cards!
David Johnson gets double teamed and the Cards make multiple extra passes to the open man, who is Carlik Jones. Number 22 in red is not exactly on a dead sprint to close out. pic.twitter.com/ganNM32lZD— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020
Jae’Lyn Withers looks like he is switching with Carlik Jones, but then leaves the ball handler for an open layup. Maybe they were not supposed to switch, but once you are there, you can’t leave the ball. pic.twitter.com/qqyP3ke7hN— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020
I thought Aidan Igiehon played a really good game so I wanted to point him out here for getting physical and really blocking out Charles Bassey. He didn’t shy away at all. pic.twitter.com/07JCs6Akwr— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020
WKU is switching everything on this underneath out of bounds play, so Withers (bottom of your screen) slips to the basket. Bassey somehow allows this pass to get in right at the basket. Good pass from David. pic.twitter.com/GWM9EPMnzt— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020
Textbook of what NOT to do when the shot goes up. Jae’Lyn, who is guarding the shooter (making this worse), turns and goes to the rim instead of to his man. DJ doubled but then left, Jae’Lyn stayed still. Long shot, long rebound. This has to get better. pic.twitter.com/FPxoBOy0Y9— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020
The first option on this play is rarely open, but it is here. Carlik runs off of the back-screen and Bassey does not step back to help, so the layup is open. If not, Withers screens for DJ and we have our pick and roll action. pic.twitter.com/3cKVKUABSV— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020
Just a really solid defensive possession here. Good closeouts, hands up, plenty of help inside the three point line, and a long shot is forced. There were no driving lanes at all. pic.twitter.com/LZrUmvL7bg— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020
This good play on defense starts with David Johnson being in help in the lane so WKU can’t throw a lob for the easy basket. They work it around and drive, and Carlik takes the charge. pic.twitter.com/eBmLsgVZ1T— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020
Nice pick and roll action here. UofL has the floor so spaced out that the lane is left wide open. Good spacing, bad help, easy bucket for Withers. pic.twitter.com/W7TNUYpEFQ— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020
I feel like either of our guards can do both of these things. For now, it is DJ driving and kicking to Carlik for him to drive again and make a good individual move to score. They can easily switch roles if needed. pic.twitter.com/2bwgf9PWDk— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 2, 2020