-First time doing an After the Buzzer post in about three weeks. The performance here may reflect that. My apologies. As we saw, a long layoff can impact you in a negative way.
-I am a pretty self-aware person. Nobody wants to relive this game. So let’s power through it and set our sights on Pittsburgh.
-This looked like the team of former college players in the men’s league playing against the guys that get together and play once a month. Crisp passing, cutting, finding open shots. Just very good and veteran basketball from Wisconsin. Louisville had everything going against them in this one. Still no excuse for losing by 37 points. Just the reality of the situation.
-A lot of threes early on for the Badgers were the product of miscommunication from the Cards. One guy switching while the other does not. Going under screens when a shooter has the ball and he just buries the shot. No urgency to fight through screens. A good team takes advantage of those mistakes, and Wisconsin definitely did that.
-Wisconsin shot 16/25 from three, scoring 48 points from behind the arc. Louisville scored 48 points for the game.
-David Johnson tried to jump up instead of just step up with Carlik Jones out. He looked like he was trying to force things and do way too much. The result was seven turnovers and just 5/13 shooting.
-On Wisconsin’s first possession of the game, they made nine passes and it ended with a…you guessed it…made three-pointer. Nine passes, not many dribbles. Scotty Davenport would be proud.
-A lot of younger college players struggle with communicating on the court. It takes time. Wisconsin moves the ball, cuts hard through the lane, sets screens. They do everything well that requires an opponent to talk on defense. With no Carlik Jones and no Malik Williams, it was brutal in that aspect of the game for Louisville. Hopefully this is a major learning experience for the guys.
-Ready to move on? Me too. Go Cards…Beat Pitt!
David Johnson goes under the screen against a shooter who just made the first three of the game. pic.twitter.com/ccU6gLZ5d2— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 22, 2020
Withers and Slazinski end up on the same player. Not ideal to leave Wisconsin wide open in this one. Need better communication to switch or get through the screen. pic.twitter.com/WLPsvUZI6E— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 22, 2020
DJ and Sam make little to no effort to get out on the shooter here, who is now 3-3 from three after this shot. Dino is not happy. pic.twitter.com/gHjmnIy9oq— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 22, 2020
Sam doubles down, so Dre kind of goes to cover Sam’s man on the shot. Neither of them block anyone out. The result? Two points. pic.twitter.com/1jUHBJqeSK— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 22, 2020
Aidan points out who he is picking up in transition. Problem is, it looks like Traynor thinks he has him too. This leaves an open shooter in transition. Miscommunication. pic.twitter.com/C0EkTFx3zd— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 22, 2020
This high-low from Wisconsin is just beautiful and I had to include it. Great footwork. Great passing. pic.twitter.com/cIAdKMfEQe— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 22, 2020
The one positive play for the Cards I have. Withers was solid when he got the ball around the basket. He has a good pick and roll here with David Johnson. pic.twitter.com/D9HA2eYYDW— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 22, 2020