-Ryan McMahon. 8-12 from the field. 7-10 from three. One scoop shot. One three that began with two dribbles while backing up. Simply, en fuego.
-On the other side of that is Darius Perry playing five minutes. He picked up two early fouls, but with the way the other guards were playing, there just wasn’t a spot to get him back into the game.
-And here is what I think about that…I have never cared who starts the game and I surely don’t care now. Whoever is playing the best in that particular game is going to get the bulk of the minutes. If you can get a good game from two of the four guards (McMahon, Perry, Kimble, Johnson), then I think you consider that a positive. It just so happened that in this one, you got a good game from three of them. A couple of weeks ago, I was pretty much throwing in the towel on Darius and saying there just wasn’t room in the rotation. Then he came out and played three really good games to shut me up (which I’ll accept, for sure).
Sometimes it will be a bad matchup for McMahon. We have seen Fresh have some down games. David Johnson turns the ball over and plays bad defense sometimes. So they can all have bad games. But all four can also have really good games. We have seen it from all of them. And when we get two or three of them clicking in the same game, that’s just the way the rotation will go for that night. The best part? The odd man out is still cheering on the bench. Watch the last video in the film review when Nickelberry hits that three. Watch Darius Perry. Think Shaquan Aaron would have had that reaction? Nope. Hell, Darius Perry may not have even had that reaction last year.
So that’s my “quick” hitter on the guard situation. It doesn’t matter who starts. Just see whose game it is and roll with it and let’s hope that at least two of the four brought their game. I do know this: it’s pointless to give up on any of them now. We need all four and they will all help us down the stretch.
-The Cards were 10-11 from the free throw line in this one for 90.9%.
-Louisville won the rebounding battle 40-30.
-The first 10 minutes of the game had us thinking that Vegas nailed the spread with Louisville only being favored by three points. I was already nervous that we were facing a team on a two-game losing streak. Louisville led 15-13 after 10 minutes and then took off and the halftime score was 41-26. Boom.
-After his fourth made three, Ryan McMahon took a charge. He does more than just shoot the ball.
-Here’s an odd stat: of the nine guys in the main rotation, only two of them are getting 34% or more of their rebounds on the offensive end. Those two? Samuell Williamson and David Johnson. Offensive rebounding is about effort and just going after the ball, so this speaks volumes. Samuell Williamson has 61 rebounds and 21 are offensive (34.4%). David Johnson has 41 rebounds and 18 are offensive (43.9%). The next closest is not surprising, Dwayne Sutton at 30.4%.
I stumbled upon that because it just seems like Williamson is always in the mix for offensive boards. I didn’t expect to see that those two are rebounding that well on the offensive end.
-After not having more than three turnovers in a game all season, Fresh Kimble had five. But he did have 10 points, five assists, four rebounds, and knocked down a couple of big threes. I don’t remember the turnovers as much as I remember the big shots he hit.
-Jordan Nwora was 3-13 from the field but got to the line for eight free throws and made them all. On a night where his shot wasn’t falling (after not missing against BC), it didn’t feel like he was hunting shots and hurting the team. He still ended up with 14 points. It’s great that this team has been able to win without needing him to score 20-25 points. We know he can do that, but it’s definitely nice when it’s more balanced.
-Next up is Wake Forest on Wednesday night. Let’s get this win and move to 20-3 and 11-1 in the ACC.
-As always, thanks for reading and watching the film review. Go Cards!
Is it perfect defense? No, but the effort is there from Jordan Nwora on this one. He fights to get over the screen (twice) and is working hard on the play. I’d be doing a disservice if I ignored it and only pointed out the negatives. pic.twitter.com/Ja1jjNlEtT— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
Results in a missed shot, but Malik Williams makes a good read and slips to the basket when Nwora uses the flare screen and gets all of the attention. Malik can be more aggressive to the basket or make the pass sooner. pic.twitter.com/j93ewDhHB2— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
What can a 6’5 point guard do? See over the press and break it with an easy pass. Good ball movement ends in a Ryan McMahon three. Great quick pass from Nwora at the end and not trying to force something on his own. pic.twitter.com/wEqGwAFGBY— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
Steven Enoch rolls to the basket and Ryan McMahon’s defender helps down on him, leaving McMahon open. Ryan drifts up to give Kimble an easier pass to make. Catch and shoot. pic.twitter.com/q61iUnVs0A— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
In this one, McMahon is actually not in the right spot. As soon as Williamson starts to drive baseline, Ryan needs to fade down to the corner to give Williamson somewhere to pass the ball if he gets in trouble. And he would have been wide open with his man helping way too much. pic.twitter.com/n7dbpfB4my— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
Enoch doesn’t even come close to stopping to screen on this, but his man sure thought he was going to. Quick recognition and pass from Johnson for the alley. Enoch with the oop. McMahon and Nwora on the floor means no help in the lane. pic.twitter.com/bgqIeXfceB— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
Williamson takes a bad angle here on the closeout. His momentum is taking him towards the NC State bench and he doesn’t get squared up. A simple sweep through with the ball combined with a little hop that Sam also does when he raises his hand, and he is beat. pic.twitter.com/ToCHpc2wh4— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
Beautiful post move by Malik Williams. Watch the little shoulder fake after the third dribble. Defender goes for it and he buries the jump hook. I loved seeing that move and not trying to settle for a 12 foot jumper. pic.twitter.com/TDmLSZku4j— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
He’s not guarding the quickest guy on the planet, but David Johnson gets blown by on this a few weeks ago. I’d still like to see him lower in his stance, but it’s progress, and we like that. Keep watching for a DJ finish on the other end. pic.twitter.com/ULjTw96Qqj— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
I mean, come on. You knew this was going to make the cut. No breakdown. Just enjoy. pic.twitter.com/EuvfYoISp8— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
I think if Fresh stops and reverses his pass, he has McMahon open for a three. Tough to make this pass with traffic at his size unless it’s wide open. pic.twitter.com/lNZQZ2ZTUX— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020
Ending with this three from Josh Nickelberry. You have to love the bench celebrations. Ryan McMahon is doing jump knee tucks and Darius Perry looks like someone that played 35 minutes instead of five minutes, which I think is awesome for him. pic.twitter.com/lVirBYaYkP— Justin Renck (@JustinRenck) February 4, 2020