-Has too much time passed that you are done with the win over Kentucky? No? Good, then let’s get into it.
-The film review for this one was the most clips I have ever done. I try to keep them around 10 or 12 total, but this one ended up being 17. I didn’t think people would mind a few extra for this game. And honestly, if you know me by now with doing this, you know it’s not 17 positive plays for the Cards. I believe it’s 10 positive plays and seven negative plays. Even in a win like this, if I see it, I will point it out, and there was plenty to point out that needs to be fixed. But my word, it’s so much better to show those mistakes when you know this ends in a win over the Cats. So, so sweet!
-It helps when the two best players on the floor play for your team, and that was the case on Saturday. David Johnson and Carlik Jones were outstanding. Carlik kept things under control, made big shots, looked for teammates, played solid defense, and hit the big free throws at the end of the game. David Johnson, well he just couldn’t be stopped when he drove to the basket. He was also, get this, 3/4 from three. WHAT? Add it all up, it’s a deadly combination (in my 90’s country voice).
-Carlik and David combined for: 37 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists.
-Louisville shot 12/15 from the free throw line. Kentucky shot 14/22. In last year’s game, Louisville was 9/20. Practice your free throws, kids.
-An unsung hero in this game for me was Quinn Slazinski. Within a minute of entering the game, Quinn dove on the floor for the loose ball and saved the possession by calling timeout. He also buried a big three in the second half and took a charge, both on Isaiah Jackson, who got a nickname from Quinn if you happened to catch that.
-I don’t want to harp on it too much because I mention it in a long play on the film review, but Sam Williamson has to be better. It’s not missing shots. And I don’t even know if I can say it was effort because I am sure he was trying. But it certainly looks like he was moving at a different speed and not in a good way. Is his toe still bothering him? I don’t know. But I am not one to give excuses so I can’t roll with that theory. His cuts seemed half speed, he scored the first bucket and then disappeared. He just jumped on my radar as someone to watch going forward on how hard he plays. I didn’t think this was the case with him before, but something struck me with him in this game. I hope I am wrong, but I was just disappointed in his effort on Saturday. He seemed so nonchalant.
-Dre Davis attempted the most threes on the team with five. That is a problem if he isn’t going to make any of them. I like him driving and forcing contact better.
-We know sports (and everything) are weird in 2020. Seeing little to no atmosphere for this game is just something I never want to see again. “Weird” is the only word I can come up with for it. Not to mention you have announcers calling the game from their house. What a time!
-I have to give a quick shoutout to my boy, Sam Bearden, the walk-on from Holy Cross. I coached Sam for three years in high school and to see him on the bench and in the locker room celebrating a Louisville win over Kentucky just makes me very proud of him. He is living the dream!
-Kentucky shot 20/58 from the field for 34.5%. I can not understand why we had guys leaving their feet on ball fakes. It seemed to always be in the mid-range. Shot fake, defender jumps, and the guy would duck under and get a shot up. I know for sure Samuell Williamson did it once and Dre Davis did it twice. Those three mishaps resulted in six points for Kentucky. Yes, they scored every time we went for the fakes. Again, they shot 34.5%...LET THEM SHOOT AND JUST GO GET THE REBOUND!
-From three, Davion Mintz was 4/6 and the rest of the team was 1/11. Let. Them. Shoot.
-Thinking back to how the game was unfolding at the end. Turnovers, Withers traveling under the basket, Dre stepping out of bounds. We all felt what was going to happen. I cannot believe the Sarr shot rimmed out. So relieved that we were able to hang on.
-They are mad. Don’t let them bring you down to their level. All they are going to say is “congrats for beating our worst team ever by three points.” How do you respond? Just say thanks and smile. And remind them who we are still missing from our team. Because you KNOW how they would have been if they won. So it was either going to be “ehh you beat a terrible team” or “HAHA LITTLE BROTHER WE OWN YOU CATS ARE BACK BABYYYYY!!!” No in between. There never is with them. They will try to bring you down with them. Don’t fall for it. Enjoy it. They have won plenty of ugly games in this series. All that matters is the W.
-As always, thanks for reading. Sorry this took a few days to get posted. I didn’t want to rush just to get it done. Hopefully the film review is worth your time. Go Cards!
I love how unselfish he is, but Carlik needs to take this shot with the shot clock winding down. Puts Dre Davis in a tough spot and no one will criticize Carlik for taking this one. pic.twitter.com/2BdOCxX9Qm— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
Davis drives right into traffic and has DJ open on the right wing and Sam in the corner (hard pass to make) but tries to squeeze it in to Withers. If you are trapped, the person closest to you is likely covered up too. pic.twitter.com/nlhezPY0po— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
This happened at least three times this game. We go for the shot fake and UK scored on all three times I noticed. Sam went for it once (here) and Dre twice. For one, those two are not shot-blockers. And two, you WANT Kentucky to shoot the ball. LET THEM! pic.twitter.com/FRnXi7u8vT— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
I love this defensive possession. The help in the lane, the switching and recovering, Dre Davis ball pressure and forcing the ball handler to change direction, then the bad runner as the shot clock expires. Perfect. pic.twitter.com/fJZP8LSp35— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
If your point guard is going to draw four, yes four, defenders then you better knock the shot down when he gets it to you. pic.twitter.com/zHGOqpAzJu— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
I had to show this or I’d feel like I am not being realistic and showing the bad with the good. I don’t know what Sam is doing on this play (or all day), but this can not be game speed, can it? No part of this possession is acceptable for me. And it ends poorly. pic.twitter.com/ONS3VNyI0A— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
Sometimes your guy is just better than all of their guys. The step-back into the crossover here is such a good individual move. And then knowing he has to float it over the defense. pic.twitter.com/irtzkUwB8Q— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
Shot clock winding down, all Jae’Lyn Withers needs to do is let his man catch the ball and see if he can make a play. Instead he gives him a late Christmas gift by gambling and it ends up with a foul and free throws. Coaches...not thrilled. pic.twitter.com/ZVW7zhtgiT— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
The first option on this play is hardly ever open. But it is never THIS open. Carlik misses DJ for a wide open bucket. Surprising for him to miss seeing this. pic.twitter.com/NEMJrZ6dSq— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
Watch when Withers helps in the lane. First, I don’t think he needs to help here. Then, everyone ends up in scramble mode trying to recover from the one help move. DJ and Withers both close out on Askew, leaving Mintz open. pic.twitter.com/MBzZISbxrz— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
Unsung hero of the game for me: Quinn Slazinski. Diving on the floor, taking charges, burying this three and calling Jackson a boy of some sort... pic.twitter.com/FpxqszN6vP— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
More Quinn. Check the effort the entire possession on defense and how far away from the basket he makes Jackson catch the ball. Then takes the charge and points to his head to let Jackson know that’s where he is currently residing. pic.twitter.com/kulK1DPQll— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
I wanted to show this drive by David Johnson, but to show you how not to play defense. Just go right by us, we have no intention of stopping you! We call this “matador defense.” Ole! pic.twitter.com/jF6iaczmpQ— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
Great defense here by David Johnson. He stays with Boston cutting to the corner, then cuts him off on the drive, and finishes with a box out and rebound. In an area he sometimes struggles in, this was worth acknowledging. pic.twitter.com/OEXruXGcs8— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
Good set against the zone where Quinn sets a screen and we can overload that side of the floor. It gets Davis an open look that he does not convert, but this DJ and-one may have been even better. pic.twitter.com/ILMn1yALp1— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
I’m embarrassed for this defense. That’s it. That’s the breakdown of this play. pic.twitter.com/NQ4QKyp2h4— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
A lot of good here. Carlik splits what should be a trap, David makes a long pass to advance the ball, and Dre does not dribble but he gets rid of the ball right away for the alley. Withers hammers down the oop.— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) December 30, 2020
That’s how we end this film review. pic.twitter.com/jaMDgS7QRu